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Cannot browse Amazon, ebay, downloadcom, etc.

Using IE 6 and Firefox

6:46 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Don't know if it is the right place, but for about two months, I have not been able to navigate correctly through amazon, download.com, ebay and search.yahoo. The text shows, but no images and in some cases, images and css are blocked. I neither cannot login to webmasterworld supporters area.

I've tried almost everything:
-Deleted cookies
-loosened internet security settings
-Installed xpSP2 and configured the firewall
-Installed SpyBot
-Ran AdAware (about a month ago...)

I have a broadband router. I suppose that the router is not blocking these sites images. If it is possible, the how is this done? I cannot imagine how a firewall or router can block images from certain sites automatically.



9:49 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What firewall/internet security are you using?
10:23 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Now, XP sp2 firewall.

Prior to that, I believe that there was no firewall. But since my laptop is connected to a network, there must be a firewall on other part of the network.
Anyway, my machine is the only one affected by this problem.

Just for the records, my laptop is the only one with a static IP in the network.


11:43 am on Dec 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Find the folder


Open the file HOSTS which has No Extension with notepad.

There should only be one line saying: localhost

If there is anything else delete it. Some malicious code or spyware can change this file so you can't access certain sites.

See if this helps