Computer help forum: Can't access certain web sites. WHY?

by: RalphDV October 4, 2006 7:57 PM PDT

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Can't access certain web sites. WHY?

by RalphDV - 10/4/06 7:57 PM

(I posted this on the 'Browsers' forum a few days ago but so far not much help has been forthcoming on that forum so I'm posting it here hoping for better results.)


I've had no luck at all in accessing certain sites for the last several days that I usually visit daily. They simply won't load and I know they are still active. For example, http://www.wunderground.com is one of the sites and it will not load on either my IE or Firefox browsers as will none of the other sites. The same sites won't load in Firefox or IE. Putting the URL in the address line for these sites gets the same results--nothing. I have a clickable banner to wunderground.com on a web site I maintain. The banner shows current local weather information and can be clicked on for more detailed information. On my site I'm getting the broken link icon for that. Friends tell me they are seeing the banner and are having no trouble getting to the site by clicking on the banner.

The only thing I can think of that is causing this is that I downloaded an ton of IE updates in the last few days but I don't remember if the above problem started immediately after downloading and installing the updates but I did notice the problem within 24 hours even though it could have happened immediately after doing the update downloads. It's a mystery why this would be the problem and even more of a myster why it would keep Firefox or IE from accessing the sites in question.

I've done everything I know to do to fix the problem. I've restored my computer to five different dates, tried earlier versions of Firefox plus the most current version. I've turned off windows firewall, cleared my cache, defraged my drive four times. I tried reinstalling windows xp but the the disc told me the version that is currently on my computer is newer than what is on the disc and wouldn't start the reinstall. I seem to think that for some reason neither browser is converting domain names to ip numbers or vice versa and that that may be the problem or at least part of it but I can't be sure. I'm at a total loss as to what the problem is or how to go about fixing it.

Any suggestions or thoughts? TIA for your help.

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