Browsers can't connect to websites [Solved/Closed]

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- Apr 1, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Recently, my area had a wind storm, and I lost power for nearly a week. The power is back on now and it seems my computer is not able to browse the web (tried IE and FF3), although I am able to IM through MSN, AIM, Yahoo!, etc. and play online games such as WoW. My computer was perfectly fine before the power went out. My computer is connected to a Wireless network in the same room through a Netgear router connected to an Insight Broadband cable modem. I am pretty sure this is a problem with just my computer as I am able to browse the internet (and ask this question) on my parents computer and my mom's laptop, which all connect to the same router. I have found that I am also able to ping any website. Also, I am not able to system restore. This has been very troublesome for me for the past week since my power has been back on and I would love to fix it as soon as possible, as it is very inconvenient having to use my parents computer. Thanks to anybody who is willing/able to help!

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

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approved by Jean-François Pillou on Dec 1, 2018
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I had the same sort of problem tried alot of things said and nothing worked untill I looked at the connection settings for IE and the LAN settings had the use proxy box ticked and that was the problem so on IE try :
  • Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings
  • then untick the 3rd box

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For the other that have XP Try this

Go to start
Then RUN

Type CMD and enter

in the command prompt type this

netsh winsock reset

then reboot your machine
This command totally works. It resets to default settings after the reboot
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I had this problem when AVG automatically upgraded. To solve, open the AVG coontrol panel and unselect the link checkers. Good luck!
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You need to check two different things

1) Turn Off your windows firewall to see if the firewall setting have been changed and then try to surf without any firewall settings. Remember to turn off all firewalls, such as norton mcafee zonealarm etc.

2) Check to see if your web browser has a proxy setup.
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man u have to just check ur DNS settings might be it changed.I think it will solve ur problem. I dont think there is any virus problem.

best of luck.
Most of the Internet connectivity problems arise out of corrupt Winsock settings. Windows sockets settings may get corrupted due to the installation of a networking software, or perhaps due to Malware infestation. You will be able connect to the Internet, but the packets won't transfer back and forth. And errors such as Page cannot be displayed may occur when using Internet Explorer.

reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Windows XP
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If its an XP, try restoring your system to a date before this problem started. This will fix the problem. It worked for me.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Doing this fixed all my browsers and my iTunes. Thank you!!!!!!!
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A high percentage of connection issues that occur when you have an internet connection but can't get a browser to hook in is due to firewalls. If your browser won't connect, first try disabling any firewall (you should never have more than one firewall on your computer) and then check for ability to get browser to hook up. If that doesn't work, then remove your firewall from your computer. If it won't uninstall, then remove it manually. Directions on manual removal of firewalls are available on the internet. I recommend addressing the firewall issue first before examining other possibilities.
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My Firefox has used the proxy system settings. I don't know why this was set up that way. I have changed it to no proxy and now it works. But I cannot call IE to change the proxy settings. IE wasn't working anymore. The reason was a access problem for file C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache\V01.log. I have renamed the file and at the same time a new file V01.log was created and IE is working again.