I bought this computer about coming on two years ago, Up until about April my internet connection was fine. To at which point I had little to no ability to browse on any browser, Although other computers on my network could connect just fine. I could ping just fine, Firewall was off, had no other problems. Couldn't figure it out so I went with a reinstallation, after reinstalling the problem still persisted. I'm running windows xp sp2 and have McAFee security center wich I just uninstalled which did no good. I tired winsock to no avail. I've tired searching around, but the only people with the same problem as I seem to be running zonealram and reconfiguring settings for that fix it for them, but I do not have zonealram so that doesn't work for me.
I had the same problem. My system doesn't have Norton Anti Virus. I found that the proxy using of IE enables without even the related checkbox (int the tools->connection->Lan settings) is selected.
After some checking I found that some registry settings is changed every time I run the IE. I changed some registry setting manually and IT WORKS NOW.
You can try it yourself as follows:
1- Close IE
2- Run regedit
3- Goto HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
4- Change AutoConfigProxy Key name into some garbage name like 000AutoConfigProxy000
5- Change ProxyEnable Key Value into 0
6- Leave blank the Proxyserver Key Value (Don't delete the key, just make its value blank)
7- Change MigrateProxy key value into 0
8- Close regedit
9- Run IE
Guys, if you ever needed a reason not to use Facebook, then a wild fire spreading Malware trojan email would be one of them.
Basically, it was the old faithful Malware trojan, where it would report that you had a virus on your computer and then direct you to a web page where you could download a virus checker. I couldn't believe it when I found out that it had been sent around inside Facebook. I hate the site myself but my wife uses it.
Anyway, basically, the only way to get rid of this virus if you come across it is to download the latest Lavasoft product (Adaware FREE Download, www.download.com will have it). Install it, restart your computer/laptop in safe mode, run the scan, clear the virus & reboot.
This will clear the virus, but you may find that your internet browser wont work even if you can connect to Messenger. The reason for this is that the trojan will activate your internet connection Lan settings and tick the proxy settings. To finally fix this problem, go into the internet settings options, go to the connection tab, into LAN Settings and untick the proxy settings. Restart and there you go. All fixed and back to normal.
I had the sqame problem, the day after my 12 year old grandaughter used the puter to play her online games. Pinging worked using IP addys,, and names, but I could not connect with my browser. I wound up disabling the internal wireless card on my Dell [Vostro} and installing a USB wireless adapter. Voila, I connected immediately. I then disabled my USB adapter, enabled the internal one, and its running fine now. Don't ask me why or how, IT WORKED. I didn't look any further. Incidentally, I had compared all settings [via IPCONFIG] with another puter on the same network that worked. For all practical purposes, they were identical.
Maybe this will help someone. For me, it was a stab in the dark that worked.
Something is definately up... too many folks experiencing the same problem! I also had or still have the same problem, it is intermittent so I don't know if it's fixed. I am pretty sure that it is fixed because I have been online now for a while. I loaded the link from Microsoft that the fine user recommended earlier... I think that fixed it.
http://www.microsoft.com/... In my frustration I also uninstalled Office2009 for student, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, and a few other apps I don't use. My daughter was online playing webkins, don't think that was it. I think it was a router conflict because I even reloaded XP home on a different drive and fell offline a few times.
Crazy thing... I am a veteran net surfer and PC user with my own server, web design company, and hosting service.
God bless the wonderful peeps that take the time to help one-another, I thtink you helped me once again!!!
I finally fixed the problem on my computer. There were remnents of Norton left over after an uninstalll that were throwing everything off. I went to norton's website and got a complete removal program. After I ran it everything went back to normal!!!
I have the same exact issue, it started for me when one of my wireless systems USB network adapters died. After replacing the adapter the system will not browse via any browser program. It will still receive windows updates, and my anti virus program still updates, I have tried disabling all firewall protection both software and hardware and it still will not browse. From the router I can see where the router issues the ip address and the computer can be pinged. My network has 2 wired computers via D-link gamers lounge and 2 computers are wireless, The wireless ap is a linksys wap54g. Only one of the two wireless computers are having this issue as the other wireless system browses just fine. I am at my witts end on this. I have removed all anti-virus and anti spam,malware,spyware programs from the system as well as disabled all firewall or any programs that have the remote possibility of preventing or blocking the system from browsing. I have also connected it direct to the cable modem via cat 6 cable to see if I can get it to browse. All the system will do when opening a browser is sit there like it is attempting to infinity open a webpage. I tried to get those free trial of that Iolo Anti Virus and personal firewall but their site keeps saying the server is too buys. Which is a common ploy to get frustrated people to just up and buy their product. So if anyone else has a solution to this issue other than complete low level reformat and reinstall please contact me or replay.
I just solved this problem for myself! My problem was in Norton Security/Antivirus which is provided through Rogers and for some dumb reason had made a rule to block the internet. All I did was under the web browsing tab, turn off personal firewall and when I tried my browser again it worked. I switched the firewall back on and it asked me to create a new rule for IE8 and it has been working ever since! Hope this works for you too
If you can ping but your not able to browse on any browser is because you have a bad win-sock for this issue what you need to do is reset the winsock catalog go to run-cmd--- type ::: netsh winsock reset catalog hit enter then reboot this should do it if no check the antivirus and the proxy settings for a different issue.
i dont normally reply to stuff like this because usually someone has found a solution. Since there hasnt really been one "fix-all" I decided to post mine.
fixing my friends laptop...ping works, automatic updating works, browser isnt working (IE and firefox), it only works in safe-mode. couple other non-browser stuff works. I know DNS is working fine because nslookup in command prompt gave me the right results.
eventualy after doing everything I saw in this thread plus many other websites, I decided to focus my attention on on aol. I went to add/remove programs and noticed aol had a parental control...didnt even know it was there! tried uninstalling it but wouldnt let me. did some googling and found this:
deleted the first 2 files (couldnt find the 3rd) and it worked after a restart. just to test things out I put the files back, restarted...couldnt brows again. this fixed my problem and I hope it helps others.
Ok guys, /this is the thing. I have the same problem that all of you do. I have read, and heard lots of things about this, like is a DSL problem or Cable problem, or Vista problem, Firewall proble, Zone Alarm problem, Kerio problem, Norton problem or router problems etc... First of all, I don't have DSL, or Cable or Dial Up. I conect to the internet with my Blackberry. My problem started like 2 hours after I download and installed SP2 for Windows XP after I reloaded Windows. I use only Windows Firewall, and for Antivirus Symantec Corporate Edition which I have beibg using for the last 5 years without any problems.
I connected my Blackberry to a different computer, and the problem does not exist at all in my other laptop. BitTorrent works fine in the first laptop, anything download with no problem from any internet application, but Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox works only for the first 5 minutes that I am on-line, after that neither works.
Thank you very guys for the advice, I was able to solve the issue on my laptop. I download the removal tool from Norton and run it on my laptop. After the removal process, I restarted my laptop and now my internet is working. For some reason eventhough I uninstall Norton, some part of it is still in my laptop and blocking all access to internet.
Wow, I just had this problem a few days ago and I couldn't figure out what the problem was. I decided I wanted to look on the internet for my problem and I came to this website. I read a few entries and thought to myself that the norton antivirus program (which I had installed) was the cause of not letting me browse the internet. I went to my control panel, went to uninstall programs, I uninstalled norton, and now my internet works!!!
IF YOUR READING THIS AND YOUR TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION, TAKE MINE AS IT DID WORK!!!!!!!