Cannot open ANY web pages...???

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Mike O'Brien, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Mike O'Brien

    Mike O'Brien Guest

    I think this one might have been done to death before but it has me at a

    Still on dialup & the problem I have at the moment is that I CAN dial up &
    log in happily to my ISP.
    However if I try to access ANY web page I get a white screen & the "This web
    page is unavailable" message.

    Was working fine about 3 days ago...

    Latest versions of AVG antivirus, Spybot 7 Adaware show NOTHING!

    All IE settings are fine.

    Apart from this system is running fine...

    I have heard of LOTS of people having a very similar issue... Does anyone
    have any ideas?

    Running XP Pro - SP2...

    AMD XP 2400+ / 512MB RAM / Nvidia GeForce MX 440.

    Help me please... I REALLY do not want to re-format again!


    Mike O'Brien, Feb 7, 2005
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    elaich Guest

    Are they really? Go into Tools>Internet Options>Advanced and see if
    "Install on demand" is ticked. If it is, you visited a web page and got a
    virus or Trojan installed without even knowing it.
    elaich, Feb 7, 2005
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    WormWood Guest

    Does Firefox have the same issue?
    (you *DO have Firefox, don't you?)
    (you *DO have Firefox, don't you?)
    (you *DO have Firefox, don't you?)
    WormWood, Feb 7, 2005
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    elaich Guest

    No, it doesn't. It asks you every time something tries to install software.
    Yet, was that a very good way to advertise Firefox? Think abut it.
    elaich, Feb 7, 2005
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    WormWood Guest

    You need to configure Firefox the same as any other browser. Edit /
    Preferences / Advanced / Software Installation, double click to expand
    list, uncheck the two boxes, ie: Enable Software Installation and Check
    for Updates. This will stop the "install" nags.
    Yes. There are those who will actually give it a try if they hear about
    it......and learn how to configure it.
    WormWood, Feb 7, 2005
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    Jim Berwick Guest

    The major difference here is, unless you go changing settings, Firefox will
    /only/ install software that comes directly from the sites. IE
    will happily prompt you to install anything that comes from anywhere.
    Jim Berwick, Feb 7, 2005
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    WormWood Guest

    Actually that isn't the case with my copy of Mozilla (Firefox.) I can
    initiate any download I want with the settings as stated above ~or~ if
    both options are selected. With the boxes ticked, you will get messages
    about upgrades, which I have never received. You will still get offers
    to help find and install plug-ins as necessary, which is a big plus +.
    WormWood, Feb 7, 2005
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    °Mike° Guest

    Have you checked your internet settings, particularly
    your proxy settings? How about scanning for malware
    and viruses?

    °Mike°, Feb 7, 2005
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