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I should be able to put in a URL written as an IP address and get to the webpage, right? Such as Microsoft's page but I get an error message.
I have Windows XP service pack 1, IE 6.
I wouldn't post this here if I were not so desperate. I have to rollback my computer every half hour or so to get webpages to show.
I also have this problem when I switch to Netscape.
Deleting cookies, temp files does not help.
I spent last night on the Microsoft site trying different things there but it didn't help.
I have not installed any software recently, and have run two spyware programs and have Norton antivirus up to date. Ran a virus scan and nothing.
I am just desperate. Thanks in advance.
[edited by: bill at 10:39 am (utc) on July 23, 2006]
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You may need to turn on "Advanced mode" to get to these tools.
Next, you might want to search for and download "LSPfix" and/or "Winsock LSP". These are utilities intended to repair your Windows Layered Service Providers -- a type of network drivers in simple terms. These can get corrupted when you install or install and remove firewalls, proxy software, adware, spyware, and various kinds of 'junkware' -- any software that uses or provides any 'service' to your internet connection, such as filtering, etc. You'll notice that Norton will have one or more LSPs in there; This is how it inserts itself into your internet connection so that it can block bad stuff.
Also, if you have, or can create a secondary Admin account on your PC, use it to find and delete the file
C:\Documents and Settings\<your usual username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
This file is the index for your Temporary Internet Files. If it becomes corrupted weird things can happen. If you delete it and then log back into your usual account, Windows will recreate a new fresh index.
And please upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 -- You're risking a lot by sticking with Service Pack 1.
If your connection deteriorates further, you can downalod all of the above-mentioned programs and utilities on another machine, copy them to a CD, and load them on your affected PC from the CD.