Solved IE cannot display the webpage, Firefox can't find the server

April 3, 2013 at 23:19:05
Specs: Windows 7
I can't access some websites, speciically weather.gov and other related sites associated with noaa.gov. Using Windows 7; tried IE 9, IE 8, firefox; Windows XP, firefox; Android 4.1, chrome; and nothing. It happens on all my computers all connected thru a Netgear router wifi, laptop, tablet, desk. I tried direct connection (wired) from ISP.modem to my computer, still nothing. Was working couple of days ago and now nothing. I asked my daughter to connect and she had no problems connecting with her phone and home computer, so I know it's not the website.

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#1
April 4, 2013 at 03:02:57
Can you connect to other web sites ?

Check your internet security settings. They may have been changed without your knowledge. There are slider bars at there. Play with them.

Check your trusted sites and forbidden sites in security settings of internet options.

If possible, check your Hosts file specifically for a blockage of this web site.

If you are the kind of a person like me, when I make a change on a computer, I do it on all other computers that I lay my hands on. This may be the reason why the same thing happens on all your computers.

Check also your modem/router settings if you played with its settings recently.

Hope the above helps.

CoolGuy


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#2
April 4, 2013 at 03:03:50
Check your HOSTS file to see if those URLs are being redirected to your own PC (127.0.0.1). Delete the entries if they are there.

The HOSTS file is located at;

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

You can open it in Notepad to view and edit.


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#3
April 4, 2013 at 03:54:47
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Above, plus:
If one of your computers is a portable (laptop, etc), take it to another location (coffee shop WIFI, 'Home', etc.) to see if it is the computers, the network hardware, or your ISP causing the problem. If the computer does not connect at the coffee shop or other location, it is either one of the previous suggestions, or possibly an infection (run Malwarebytes). If it does work at a different location, then it is one of the above mentioned possibilities, or it is your ISP that is blocking it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 12, 2013 at 14:44:18
Thank you all for you comments and suggestions. I finally ended up contacting my ISP and they agreed to look into the matter. I had also contacted the NOAA local agency through Facebook and they did inform me that they had made some recent changes to their website. After waiting a week I have finally accessed the website that was not opening. Thank you for all your responses, I did learn more about the computer and internet through this whole experience.

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