Websites not loading in Internet Explorer

July 10, 2009 at 07:01:12
Specs: Windows XP
Hello.

My laptop from work will not load many websites. When it does decide to load, I cannot click on links to navigate around the site.

I work in a school and a virus spread quickly onto the computers via flash drives. It renamed all of the drives W32...etc.
Tech support came in and cleaned the computers and installed anti-virus software. Got rid of the virus, but kept IE from working. He came back in and removed software when I told him this, but the same problem is still occuring.

Any help on how I can fix this would be much appreciated.


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#1
July 10, 2009 at 09:09:47
Check for any spyware or adware that might be istalled which will not be detected with most of the anti virus.

you can install spybot search and destroy which is a free software and it is really good.
Try to run with this and see if it helps you.
Spybot website


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#2
July 15, 2009 at 10:27:02
Not sure if this will help but I had a similar experience.
After a spyware attack and subsequant cleanup, I could not access basic sites like Google and Yahoo. ( very frustrating).

It turned out that either the virus, or antivirus repair, had altered a file called "hosts" typically found here:

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

I found an older backup version which had been renamed " host1" with a date which closely matched the start of my problems.
I saved a copy of the file then opened the original using notepad.
The file contained a long list of web site that were now considered as harmful and which were now outlawed by my system.
I scrolled down to find the sites I was having trouble with ( Google.com and Yahoo.com , in my case) and deleted these listings from the file, re-saved the file and re-launched IE .
This worked for me, hope it can help others.


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