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Windows 7: Certain Websites not working

29 Dec 2009   #1
JRHT

Windows 7
 
 
Certain Websites not working

Hi,

I've got a problem using IE8 on Windows 7 where it won't let me connect to certain websites. One of these websites is www.utorrent.com.

Normally, I would think that this error is occurring because the website is down, however, when using my laptop (using Vista and IE8), which is connected to the internet via the same router, the website is available.

I have disabled Windows Firewall on the Windows 7 machine, and all anti-virus software, but I still have this issue. Can anyone help me and give me some instructions on what I should do?

Thanks


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29 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello JRHT, Welcome!

Have you tried another browser, such as Firefox?

~Jonathan
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29 Dec 2009   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JRHT View Post
Hi,

I've got a problem using IE8 on Windows 7 where it won't let me connect to certain websites. One of these websites is www.utorrent.com.

Normally, I would think that this error is occurring because the website is down, however, when using my laptop (using Vista and IE8), which is connected to the internet via the same router, the website is available.

I have disabled Windows Firewall on the Windows 7 machine, and all anti-virus software, but I still have this issue. Can anyone help me and give me some instructions on what I should do?

Thanks
Two easy things to try, first
You can change browsers FF is a good choice and used by many or

you could type turn off windows in search. Then click on window features and then un check the IE box. This in effect turns off your IE.

Now turn off the computer
Boot up and turn windows back on. Remember until you turn it back on, you have no internet connection, until you restore IE.

Try either one of these, it may or may not work.
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29 Dec 2009   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You can also try, to clean cookies and cleaning the disk. C drive properties. You will see clean disc.
and in tools at the top of IE delete browsing history.
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29 Dec 2009   #5
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

You could also try flushing your DNS

To do this open up a command prompt (run cmd.exe) then type in ipconfig /flushdns

If you paste 67.215.233.130 into your browser what results do you get ?
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29 Dec 2009   #6
JRHT

Windows 7
 
 

Hi all!

Thank you all very much for your assistance. It is a refreshing change to find people on the internet who are willing to assist others with their queries.

I have figured out what was going on. It appeared that the affected websites were caught in my hosts file and accordingly, were being effectively blocked by my machine.

As they were not in the hosts file of the laptop, the laptop was always able to access them.

Once again, thanks for your assistance.
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29 Dec 2009   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Thank you for giving us the chance to help you. Have a happy and healthy New Year.
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30 Dec 2009   #8
Ch@n

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JRHT View Post
Hi all!

Thank you all very much for your assistance. It is a refreshing change to find people on the internet who are willing to assist others with their queries.

I have figured out what was going on. It appeared that the affected websites were caught in my hosts file and accordingly, were being effectively blocked by my machine.

As they were not in the hosts file of the laptop, the laptop was always able to access them.

Once again, thanks for your assistance.
Welcome m8 and hats off for sharing what caused the issue. This might help our other fellas. Keep up the gud work and enjoy ur stay.
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30 Dec 2009   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
You could also try flushing your DNS

To do this open up a command prompt (run cmd.exe) then type in ipconfig /flushdns

If you paste 67.215.233.130 into your browser what results do you get ?
Id like to learn too. I know what the numbers represent, etc, but how does using the IP address rather than the Domain prove anything more than just using the domain address?
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30 Dec 2009   #10
TGSoldier

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
You could also try flushing your DNS

To do this open up a command prompt (run cmd.exe) then type in ipconfig /flushdns

If you paste 67.215.233.130 into your browser what results do you get ?
Id like to learn too. I know what the numbers represent, etc, but how does using the numbers rather than the normal address prove anything more than just using the normal url address?
DNS.. Domain Name System

It maps IP addresses to name servers... So using the IP address can prove that the servers are down or its a problem with the DNS etc etc
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