Hello, I'm having a problem gaining access to the internet with IE, cannot up date avg 8 for virus protection. I can still go on line through Google Chrome and I'm receiving my e-mail but whenever I try to go on line through IE, I get a message saying cannot access this web page, my anti virus is well out of date. Is there some other way to update the AVG without going through IE ? I have tried down loading the update to my downloads but I don't know how to get it installed into the AVG, it says that it is a bin file, whatever that is . I have AVG 8 installed and I have IE 8 installed, my windows program is xp media addition sp3. I don't know much about computer ,only enough to get me in trouble. Has anyone had this problem ??? Help
Simple solution to being unable to connect to http sites. Here is the whole story. Had a very nasty virus. rogue malware that says it is anti virus software and reports a virus on your computer and when you launch internet explorer you can only go to their website. Brings in a multitude of popups and contantly says you are being attaced by a virus and asks if you want to launch your antivirus software. Real bugger. Had to download Malwarebytes anti malware on a different computer attached to my network, then place it on a shared file on the network and bring it to the infected computer. Could only install and run in safe mode. It got rid of the virus but when I launched IE8 afterword I could only access https sites and not http sites. Was driving me crazy!! After a few frustrating hours trying to find a solution I was just getting ready to wipe and reinstall everything when I did one last check in the toos section of IE8 and noticed that the proxy box in the connections tab under LAN settings was checked. I unchecked it and checked the auto detect proxy box and my problem was solved. Apparently the virus must have check the proxy box and perhaps put its web address in and that was why I could only go to their web page. As I said, really nasty malware virus. Hope this helps someone.
Well, here's one that no one has documented anywhere - and it took me calling Microsoft Tech support to find out.
I upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from Windows Vista Ultimate x64. IE 64 bit worked, but IE8 256-bit and Firefox both opened, but brought up blank tabs. I tried all the fixes recommended here and on other sites that popped up - nothing worked. So I called Microsoft for free installation support. Here is what worked:
1. right click on the cmd prompt and open as administrator
2. at the commend line type "netsh winsock reset"
This solved problems with both IE8 256-bit and Firefox 3.5.6
James probably meant this because reseting Advanced settings is not fundamental enough:
Tools tab > Internet Options > Advanced > Click Reset...
Other options are:
1) Uninstall the Network adapter
Open Device Manager > Expand Network Adapter > Right Click on your internet network adapter and Uninstall
If it doesn't work, try it again and then reinstall the driver. You may have to get the new driver from the device website.
2) Winsock and Tcp/Ip Fix
Start > Run > Type CMD > Type the following:
Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults, type: netsh int ip reset reset.log
Press Enter > Type the following:
Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults, type: netsh winsock reset catalog
3) Run sfc /scannow
Insert your XP disc
Start > Run > Type CMD > Type the following:
I noticed IE 8 doing something similar on one of our network computers the other day. Try going into your control panel, clicking on network connections. Then right click local area connection. In the next menu, scroll down to TCP/IP and right click it. Go to properties and make sure that obtain an IP address automatically is checked. For some screwy reason when I installed IE 8 on a computer, it went and changed these settings, thus the inability to connect through any browser whatsoever even though the network was still functioning.
I work for Dell "Your Tech Team" (Advanced / Premium consumer support) and came to this forum in hopes to find the resoultion on the problem in this subject. The recomendations on this forum were very helpful so I'd like to sumerize the logical items that should be done when one experiances this problem.
(Vista / Windows 7 - this summer is designed for people that have an intermediate understanding of the OS)
Going to try to list things in a logical order here from simplest first
* Check your network activity in the Network and Sharing Center - verify network connection is on
SOme people have had luck by disabling all of the plug-ins and IE would work. Then enable each plug-in one at a time until IE doesn't work and that's the problem. As for me, it does not work and I can't get online with it at all. Firefox works without a glitch. Only reason I have IE installed is so that I can get the updates from MS.
Found a simple solution:
Select 'Add/Remove Windows Components' on the left
Click 'Show Updates' on top
Remove all IE8 updates, starting at the bottom of the list
When all IE8 updates are removed, remove IE8
This is similar to the XP 'Upgrade' to Vista (lol)
I had the problem of IE8 not accessing most web pages too- also, on the pages it did reach, none of the buttons on the page worked.
It turned out to be Microsoft's new security rules for IE8!
Basically you are not allowed to go to any web page you want to! ...and you are not allowed to use any feature on the page.
I had to add EVERY site I visited to the trusted site list in tools >internet options, otherwise it would not work .
I agree IE8 sucks.
In other browsers you simply type in th eurl and it goes trhere--- AND the page works- buttons and links too.
Isn't that what a browser is supposed to do? to actually do what you want?
I was facing similar problem after I switched from Norton Antivirus to BitDefender and simultaneously installed IE 8. I tried all the techniques mentioned on this thread for last 8 hours but no luck. I even installed firefox and tried connecting through that. But again, the same message. Finally, on some other forum, I came to know about the Norton Software Removal tool. I downloaded it through other machine and ran on this machine. Bingo ; things started working immediately after the reboot.
I think the problem was because Norton did not get removed completely from the system and it was causing the browsers to malfunction. So if you have recently switched the antivirus; make sure that you uninstall earlier one completely. BTW, after loading firefox; I realized it being definitely better than IE and have made that as my default browser :) Never realized the great progress made by Mozilla post NetScape era.
I had the same problem. What I did was I went into firefox and enabled it as my main browser so when things try and update or connect to the internet it uses firefox to do it therefore IE can be as messed up as it wants but Firefox will still connect.
well this might be completely idiotic of me. I couldn't connect via ie8. I googled and found this site. none of the options worked... then I realized that "work offline" was selected in the "file" menu.
(i normally use a mac, and there is no absolutely pointless option on a mac)
why do they even have that button? how completely useless. anyway, you may want to look at that if nothing else has worked.