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on any web browser, Mozilla and IE being the most common that I use. No other site seems to be affected. I can view them through various proxy sites, but the reduction in speed is quite a problem, particularly with youtube.Whenever I do try to access these sites I receive a Failed connection message saying (among other things) "Though the site seems valid, the browser was unable to establish a connection."
So far the only attempts I've made towards repair are a Norton Antivirus scan, an AVG scan and a Symantec Qhost removal which came up with nothing.
Does any have any advice on what I could do to fix this without reformatting my hard drive?
check your internet security levels, particularly in IE as it also affects FF.
Chris R- How do I check the host file?
Tangor- The internet security levels seem to be fine they are at medium and there are no blocked sites listed.
Penders- I'm not sure how to check the MTU.
I'll add a little more information. I live in a dormitory so I don't have direct access to a router but my roommate is able to go to all of the sites that I can't reach.
Also when I attempt to load one of these pages it shows it as done on the the bar below the screen (that one that shows where a link leads to).
I hope that helps
Link between IE and FF security was revealed some months back during an IE 7 security update. IE fixed it...broke something in IE AND FF for some sites... and IE was "fixed" again (quickly). Whether that condition (link to system layer security) still exists I do not know...but it doesn't hurt to check both when these things happen.