Internet Browsers Stopped Working

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by indyjones, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Hi all

    Was hoping someone could help. Problem is the web browsers (Firefox and IE7) have stopped working on their PC (XPSP2).
    This effects both dialup and when its connected to my Lan :(
    The weird thing is Avast still updates, emails download but everytime I open firefox I get "connection was reset" and that its not connected. The same thing happens in IE7. Checked it not in "offline mode" and that there are no weird setting under the network connection settings.
    Basically I am just stumped :)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Cheers

    IJ
     
  2. saeltmarae2k

    saeltmarae2k OSNN Addict

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    First, check and make sure that something hasn't changed your proxy settings in FF and IE. Some crap program did that to one of my machines last year...
     
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  3. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Just checked that and nothing is wrong there :(
     
  4. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Anyone? would like to avoid reinstalling windows if I can help it, but I am just stumped :(
     
  5. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I would check your hosts file to see if something injected itself into that. Also, post a Hijackthis log please.

    Hosts file can be viewed with notepad and found here:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
     
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  6. falconguard

    falconguard Carbon based lifeform Political User Folding Team

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    Go to a cmd line and type "netsh winsock reset" and then reboot.
     
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  7. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Checked the hosts file against the one on my working system no difference.
    In the end I formatted the PC as its my parents and they were giving me grief :)
    Intstalled all the same stuff again but this time it was all fine! Guess we shall never know what caused the problem. Thanks for all your suggestions though they are appreciated :)