some websites won't load

November 20, 2010 at 13:28:37
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron1.47GHz / 448MB
I've just got the internet and find that both internet explorer and firefox don't show some sites (eg won't show microsoft, some anti-virus software companies etc) yet it shows most others I go to, even obsure ones.

I've tried disabling both the windows and the router firewall.

I've dropped all the security levels in the Privacy and Security tabs of the Internet Options.

I have SSL3 and TLS enabled.

I've allowed ActiveXs to run (with prompt).

I've checked C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and find the only line is: localhost

I've tried all the above simultansously but the microsoft website will not load. I can't believe it and many others have been offline for many days now.

Very little software has been loaded on this laptop and it has no history of surfing and this problem I noticed almost immediately after connecting up to my router for the first time. I downloaded version 8 of IE from microsft (from a different computer a week earlier). I then downloaded the most recent firefox from here upon my struggles with IE. I'm running Windows XP Professional service pack 2.

please plase help

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November 20, 2010 at 22:08:18

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November 22, 2010 at 11:59:12
thanks/ I've tried that and rebooted with no change

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