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Strange IE Failures

By Geo26 ·
This one's got me REALLY stumped . . . Recently, and more often than not, I get the standard "Page cannot be displayed . . . Cannot find server or DNS error" Error page.
These are KNOWN OK sites. Minutes later I can get there from my Fedora system, immediately go back to Windows (XP Pro,fully patched, btw), and same old, same old.

Ive run Antivirus (AVG), Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, Hijack This, Stinger, CWShredder -- nothing found.

I'm Running Zone alarm -- I've adjusted rules & settings back, forth, to, and fro. No change. Disabled the firewall (briefly, of course!). Still no joy.
Hosts file shows loopback IP address ONLY.
Sockets files appear to be OK, and no dupes.
Cleared the browser cache, too.

No problem with the ISP or Cable modem (This particular Win XP pro system is the only one of several I administer, both at home and work, that is having this problem.)

As it's impossible to provide a comprehensive list of sites I'm not getting to, here's what doesn't work so far:
Anything Microsoft (including MSN and Messenger login)
any & all HTTPS sites (bank, & OWA to Exchange Server, for example) Yes-I checked security settings, and they're correct per MS.
Several others too numerous to mention.

No problem with Google*, TechRepublic, Pogo, and other, less prominient sites (local newspapers, all .edu - so far- , etc.

*Unless, of course, I follow a google hit to one of the "broken" sites.

So, in a word -- help. Any ideas out there?

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by Oz_Media In reply to Strange IE Failures

I just had that problem and found it was due to the new MS IE Security update (KB832894).

I found it was actually listed in my add remover programs applet too. I uninstalled and rebooted, viola.

A few days later the auto update globe starts flashing and i figure 'why not' I may have had a bum install te first time, So I redownload this important updtate that stops people from hacking my ever so secure Internet Explorer and same thing happens again, uninstall everythings fine.

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by netgeek In reply to Strange IE Failures

Checkout Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-004.

This will provide you with a solution

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by Geo26 In reply to

A combo of both these replies appeared to do the trick . . .tks.

I uninstalled the ie SP, reinstalled, and then installed the patch to the SP per the Security bulletin.

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