Internet browsers not connecting

Acer / Aspire 5720z
January 28, 2009 at 12:00:39
Specs: Windows Vista, Dual core, 2GB
Ok, so I have a rather annoying problem.
After 2 hours of uptime for my computer, I
find that none of my internet browsers work.
I have been using Google chrome for some time
but I will be more specific about the
problem.

Let's say I want to have a browse on Cnet. I
open a new tab or window and Chrome tells me
that it is "waiting for *site name* to
respond" and the loading icon (equivalent to
IE's progress bar) remains dull and spins
slowly. It never connects to the web page.

I have attempted the same with IE and firefox
but with the same conclusion, neither will
establish a connection. There is no problem
with my wireless connection, as I can access
other services such as MSN, BitCommet, etc
and even Xbox live. It's just my browsers
that fail. Any ideas on the cause of this? I
have cleared the cache, temporary files etc
but nothing that I wouldn't normally clean
anyway.

Thanks.


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#1
January 28, 2009 at 14:04:25
Port 80 issue or proxy.pac deal???

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#2
January 28, 2009 at 23:37:01
I am unsure. To the best of my knowledge
neither should be blocked on my laptop, as
it's connected to the modem from another
computer in the house. I could check the
firewalls and that on there but the other
laptop in the house, the same model, hasn't
got the problem.

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#3
January 29, 2009 at 08:32:42
I believe somehow your HOSTS file got hijacked
go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc to open the HOSTS file and have a look
and see if there any IP address have a * in front.Remove any if exist.
Also try to create a new user for yourself, under add/remove users control panel, then log on to that new account and see.
hope it helps

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#4
January 29, 2009 at 09:57:33
I followed your advice through and opened the
file in notepad, however I didn't find what
you suggested. Hmm, I would like to think the
chances that I was hijacked are
minimal(wouldn't we all) but thanks anyway.

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#5
January 29, 2009 at 15:59:24
Your router might be using it's firewall features to block port 80. Might be it is failing or the modem is failing. Guess an oddity with the ISP.

Look up telnet port 80 and try that. If that fails you are pretty sure it is a port 80 deal and not a browser issue.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#6
January 30, 2009 at 14:09:39
This is getting worse by the day, Chrome is begining to crash reletively early and so are the other browsers.

From what I can gather on Port 80 it shouldn't be blocked, anywhere I should look specifically for it's details and status? I have never had a port problem before so it's unlikely to have changed itself by chance, it's damn annoying though.

There were some problems in my area with the internet, I know the speeds have been pretty much effected but noone else has this problem. Then again, it's AOL.

Any more help on the matter would be appreciated, I'm determined to find the solution to the problem.


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