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wenbo



Joined: Sep 15, 2003
Posts: 420

Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Internet Explorer won't work

I hope someone can help me figure this out. I use Firefox as my preferred browser but occasionally I have to use Internet Explorer.

The problem I have is it won't work. It loads just fine but I can't get it to open any web pages. Google is my home page and it tries to open it on loading but no luck. This happens more often than not and is extremely frustrating. It also happens with any IE based browser.

Can someone explain why this happens and how to fix it???

I use Windows XP Home with 1.5g ram and the lastest version of IE which I think is 7 or 8. This happened with IE 6 as well before I upgraded.
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BudDurland



Joined: Dec 05, 2002
Posts: 527



PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:58 pm    Post subject:

If FIreFox can get out, that implies that the network is basically sound, and the DNS resolution on the PC is working.

Is IE configured to use a proxy (tools / internet settings / connections / lan settings) ? That would be the next place I look.
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
Posts: 2296

Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject:

Quote:
I use Firefox as my preferred browser but occasionally I have to use Internet Explorer.


At one time, I thought that way too.
Then I found "I.E. Tab", an add-on to Firefox.
Since then I've removed the big blue "e" from my desktop.

I.E. Tab allows you to switch into I.E. mode, from within Firefox, removing the need to ever open I.E. again.
I can even access MS Updates via Firefox, using the I.E. Tab.

Here's the shortcut to get I.E. Tab:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

Give it a try.
I know it doesn't FIX Internet Explorer, but it's a very good 'Work-Around'.

The Doctor Cool
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wenbo



Joined: Sep 15, 2003
Posts: 420

Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

drwho07 wrote:
Quote:
I use Firefox as my preferred browser but occasionally I have to use Internet Explorer.


At one time, I thought that way too.
Then I found "I.E. Tab", an add-on to Firefox.
Since then I've removed the big blue "e" from my desktop.

I.E. Tab allows you to switch into I.E. mode, from within Firefox, removing the need to ever open I.E. again.
I can even access MS Updates via Firefox, using the I.E. Tab.

Here's the shortcut to get I.E. Tab:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

Give it a try.
I know it doesn't FIX Internet Explorer, but it's a very good 'Work-Around'.

The Doctor Cool


Thanks for the reminder! I totally forgot I had that option on my Firefox browser. Used it yesterday and it worked fine.

Still doesn't solve the original problem though. IE will still not open web pages. Nor any IE based browser either. Any ideas?
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goretsky



Joined: Dec 07, 2002
Posts: 9837

Location: Southern California

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 6:14 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hello,

Perhaps the following Microsoft knowledgebase article will help: How to reset Internet Explorer settings.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
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rovingcowboy



Joined: Jan 26, 2003
Posts: 1597



PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:32 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

also go to windowsupdate and then click on the microsoft updates link.
then go to the custom button and click it. let ms find all of theirs and any 3rd party updates they know about that your system needs.

also try cleaning the code pages out there might be a lot of bad ones in the system.

most the time i get the can't open the web page 404 error i just click refresh and it opens then.

if not i reboot the system and it then it will open which tells me its something in the system. but when its really getting a bug in its pants it won't open even after the reboot. which i then get off line run all my registry cleaners and junk file removers and will go back in the xteq program to its plugin for clearing the code pages and remove them.
then i end up with defragmenting the system.
if that does not allow it to open i'll do it all over again in the admin mode.
but if it won't open the page at all i'll reinstall ie 8 which most the time fixes it. and is why i always save the install exe's by getting them from microsoft download servers.

i don't use any other on line browser only ie i have some others but don't use them. unless i can't even connect then i'll see if one of those others can.

i do have a error now i guess or a question on ie but i'll start another thread.

Cool
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zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 5:33 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

MS has a Fixit site. Reports say it is good. I haven't used it. I tend to go to Kelly's Korner to look for solutions.
Here is the list of articles/fixit for Internet Explorer
http://blogs.technet.com/fixit4me/search.aspx?q=internet+explorer&p=1

Note: I browsed the site in FF (on XP) because I wanted to see if it worked. If IE isn't working and you'd have to use IE to browse the site, obviously it would be impossible to do.
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system001



Joined: Aug 13, 2004
Posts: 30

Location: Portland, Oregon U.S.A.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: remove ie [Login to view extended thread Info.]

they are right about ie tabs, with it there is no reason to ever use ie. i would remove ie completely. the following pre installed apps by microsoft either get disabled, uninstalled and or replaced.

windows defender: use zonealarm, winpatrol, counterspy ca antispam
windows fire wall: use zonealarm, winpatrol, counterspy
windows uac: use zonealarm, winpatrol, counterspy
windows defrag: use disktrix ultimatedefrag
internet explorer never use
windows media player never use, install klite mega codec pack with media play classic.
security center notifications disabled
no update notification for any program. all manual updates. Smile
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zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Quote:
i would remove ie completely.
And how would you do this?
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rovingcowboy



Joined: Jan 26, 2003
Posts: 1597



PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

you can't remove ie completely its part of windows explorer.

and there are files in other programs that point to files in IE that if not found will mess up the other ms programs. they don't do anything but if not there the other programs get scared and mess up.

i would not remove any thing from ms unless it was added after you had the windows system on the computer and working. such as office or picture it they are not really in the system just added in afterwards.

but removing part of the system files like ie or something else will cause trouble with the windows os.
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zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

We know that but apparently sytem001 either doesn't know or has discovered an unknown way of removing it. I'm curious. Very Happy
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