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Vanity: Surfing Glitch Needs Computer Wizard

Posted on 12/27/2009 1:52:46 PM PST by WestwardHo

Home PC, Vista, Windows, Comodo, Malwarebytes. Everything seems clean and fast. Problem: Example: Homepage opens, go to Fox, go to Drudge, go to Free Republic, etc. Here's the problem, and because it's more and more frequent, and yet random, I can't figure it out. If I'm at one of those sites and try to go to an external site, retrace my steps, or even open a post, it won't open and begins to "time out" forever. I had the same problem with AVG before switching to Comodo, which I love! (My son showed me how to clean the registry and all that.)


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: computer; surfing; wizard
Dimbulb needs help.
1 posted on 12/27/2009 1:52:47 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: WestwardHo

what is your browser?


2 posted on 12/27/2009 1:55:04 PM PST by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Perdogg

Internet Explorer


3 posted on 12/27/2009 1:56:44 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo

Sounds like your ISP or connection, how do you connect?


4 posted on 12/27/2009 1:57:09 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: WestwardHo
Homepage opens, go to Fox, go to Drudge, go to Free Republic, etc.
FR isn't your homepage? Ah ha, so you're the one!
5 posted on 12/27/2009 1:59:38 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: WestwardHo

DNS Issue, try configuring your DNS Manually.

I recommend Open DNS, it is free and it’s fast http://www.opendns.com/


6 posted on 12/27/2009 2:05:36 PM PST by dila813
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To: WestwardHo

Oh, the reason you are having this problem now and not before is likely you have the ISP DNS Hardcoded somewhere and your ISP changed the DNS IP Addresses and you have auto-forward DNS Disabled.

Long Story short, the easiest way for someone like me to tell you how to fix, is to config a manual DNS.


7 posted on 12/27/2009 2:07:41 PM PST by dila813
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To: WestwardHo

oh, one other thing, the reason you can get to the initial pages is that the ip address for these sites are cached in your browser and on the computer.


8 posted on 12/27/2009 2:11:47 PM PST by dila813
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To: WestwardHo

Are you using a firewall?


9 posted on 12/27/2009 2:17:27 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: WestwardHo

I always start by assuming that I have a virus. Get ccleaner from www.ccleaner.com. Run that. Then, over on the left hand side click on registry and run that program. If you are still having trouble download antivirus Avira from http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html
Make sure you get the free version and run it.


10 posted on 12/27/2009 2:20:24 PM PST by diefree
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To: WestwardHo

Clear your cache and temp Internet files. Everything.

Then install Firefox. Experiment with it and it will become more comfortable than IE. More features and free addons too.


11 posted on 12/27/2009 2:26:07 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: WestwardHo; Vendome

12 posted on 12/27/2009 2:30:56 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: diefree
YES!


13 posted on 12/27/2009 2:32:31 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I used to use AVG but they weren’t catching all the viruses. Avira does the trick for me.


14 posted on 12/27/2009 2:38:16 PM PST by diefree
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To: dila813

I want to thank you and all the little people who made me what I am today..........
Thank you all! It was the ISP, DNS thing. Went to “START”, to NETWORK, to Network and Sharing, to VIEW STATUS, to PROPERTIES, to INTERNET PROTOCAL 4, to PROPERTIES, chose IP address automatically, chose DNS server automatically.
Back in business! My amazing son guided me there!
Thank evey one of you for your help!


15 posted on 12/27/2009 2:45:09 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: diefree

How about Avasta (sic), is it pretty good?


16 posted on 12/27/2009 2:46:19 PM PST by GeronL (This is a tagline)
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To: diefree

Last time I flew, the man next to me opened his computer...started conversation...I noticed he was using AVG. I told him my son had me switch to Comodo. Turns out the man works for AVG!
Comodo found things AVG did not, and comparing AVG to Comodo is like comparing teletype to a computer. Love it!


17 posted on 12/27/2009 2:49:20 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo

Glad you are back in business.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!


18 posted on 12/27/2009 2:49:41 PM PST by dila813
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To: JoeProBono; WestwardHo
Word! Brother!

Firefox eats IE’s lunch all day long. The only real reason to be using IE is for sites that optimized for IE or built for IE only(usually because the chump responsible for programming uses crayons all day).

With Firefox you get privacy options that are very Kluge on IE.

Fonts look better and when Firefox crashes it gives an easy way to restore to your last session or, basically, where you left off.

Another tool is the ability to get rid of LSO cookies. With “BetterPrivacy” Addon to Firefox you can get rid of the latest Super Cookies that enable all sorts of things including turning the camera on your computer without you knowing and worse. All the date that can be mined from LSO’s is staggering.

Once you have Firefox installed get “BetterPrivacy” and surf safer.

Search function of a page is conveniently located out of the way and way, way superior to IE search within a page function.

19 posted on 12/27/2009 2:55:41 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JoeProBono; WestwardHo
Word! Brother!

Firefox eats IE’s lunch all day long. The only real reason to be using IE is for sites that optimized for IE or built for IE only(usually because the chump responsible for programming uses crayons all day).

With Firefox you get privacy options that are very Kluge on IE.

Fonts look better and when Firefox crashes it gives an easy way to restore to your last session or, basically, where you left off.

Another tool is the ability to get rid of LSO cookies. With “BetterPrivacy” Addon to Firefox you can get rid of the latest Super Cookies that enable all sorts of things including turning the camera on your computer without you knowing and worse. All the date that can be mined from LSO’s is staggering.

Once you have Firefox installed get “BetterPrivacy” and surf safer.

Search function of a page is conveniently located out of the way and way, way superior to IE search within a page function.

20 posted on 12/27/2009 2:55:50 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: WestwardHo

Go with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, both are quicker than IE.


21 posted on 12/27/2009 3:04:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: WestwardHo

Super Antispyware. Recommended to me by Microsoft tech support when I had malware turn off my Windows updates.
www.superantispyware.com

CCleaner is also worth having. Dump IE and go to Firefox..get the free plugin Adblock Pro.


22 posted on 12/27/2009 4:18:18 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: GeronL

I was trying avast and avira at the same time. I don’t remember why but i liked avira better. Got both of them from a geek site.


23 posted on 12/27/2009 4:58:25 PM PST by diefree
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To: diefree

don’t AV programs usually hate each other?


24 posted on 12/27/2009 5:00:42 PM PST by GeronL (This is a tagline)
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To: GeronL

that’s funny


25 posted on 12/27/2009 5:08:43 PM PST by diefree
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To: diefree

I tried AVG once and my Norton AV kept flagging it.


26 posted on 12/27/2009 5:11:31 PM PST by GeronL (This is a tagline)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Firefox website says it teams with Google. Isn’t Google Mao see Dung incarnate?


27 posted on 12/27/2009 6:39:45 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: GeronL

I run Avast and have good luck with it. It updates automatically at least once/day. Occasionally, you will get a “false” virus warning, but I’d rather that than an actual virus to get through.


28 posted on 12/27/2009 8:06:45 PM PST by Born Conservative ("I'm a fan of disruptors" - Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Nipfan

Bump


29 posted on 12/28/2009 1:16:22 AM PST by Nipfan (The desire to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it - H L Mencken)
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