Connection Problem: Can't connect to many websites ___ These include the techspot website and forum site, ebay websites and others. This is most likely NOT a browser problem because i tried the websites on FireFox, Opera, IE7, and Safari. I am not sure if it is an ISP problem, but in case anyone needs it to help me solve the problem, it is Virgin Media size L broadband backage. You may be wondering how I accessed the techspot forums. I did this using a proxy website: thrufare.com Here is an example of the error messages i receive when trying to connect: Firefox: ___ The Server at http://www.ebay.co.uk/ is taking too long to respond ___ IE7: ___ Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage Most likely causes: You are not connected to the Internet. The website is encountering problems. There might be a typing error in the address. What you can try: Diagnose Connection Problems ___ Opera: ___ Error! Could not connect to remote server You tried to access the address http://ebay.co.uk/, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the Web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page. Make sure your Internet connection is active and check whether other applications that rely on the same connection are working. Check that the setup of any Internet security software is correct and does not interfere with ordinary Web browsing. If you are behind a firewall on a Local Area Network and think this may be causing problems, talk to your systems administrator. Try pressing the F12 key on your keyboard and disabling proxy servers, unless you know that you are required to use a proxy to connect to the Internet. Reload the page. ___ Safari for Windows: ___ Safari can’t open the page. Safari could not open the page “http://www.ebay.co.uk/” because the server is not responding. ___ I have used the cmd.exe command tracert to diagnose, but (ofcourse) i don't understand how i can fix it. Here is the results of tracert: ___ C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]>tracert ebay.co.uk Tracing route to ebay.co.uk [188.8.131.52] over a maximum of 30 hops: 1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1 2 8 ms 8 ms 11 ms 10.143.136.1 3 11 ms 39 ms 17 ms blfs-t2cam1-b-ge914.inet.ntl.com [184.108.40.206 5] 4 119 ms 321 ms 79 ms blfs-t2core-b-ge-wan61.inet.ntl.com [195.182.176 .25] 5 10 ms 22 ms 40 ms dbln-bb-b-so-600-0.inet.ntl.com [220.127.116.11 ] 6 34 ms 53 ms 14 ms man-bb-b-so-100-0.inet.ntl.com [18.104.22.168] 7 34 ms 21 ms 22 ms bre-bb-a-so-230-0.inet.ntl.com [22.214.171.124] 8 32 ms 46 ms 57 ms bre-bb-b-ge-000-0.inet.ntl.com [126.96.36.199] 9 25 ms 22 ms 31 ms 188.8.131.52 10 * * * Request timed out. 11 * * * Request timed out. 12 * * * Request timed out. 13 * * * Request timed out. 14 * * * Request timed out. 15 * * * Request timed out. 16 * * * Request timed out. 17 * * * Request timed out. 18 * * * Request timed out. 19 * * * Request timed out. 20 * * * Request timed out. 21 * * * Request timed out. 22 * * * Request timed out. 23 * * * Request timed out. 24 * * * Request timed out. 25 * * * Request timed out. 26 * * * Request timed out. 27 * * * Request timed out. 28 * * * Request timed out. 29 * * * Request timed out. 30 * * * Request timed out. Trace complete. ___ Another thing worth mentioning is when i try to repair the connection through the windows Connection icon in the taskbar, it says it fails to clear DNS cache. If you need any further information, please let me know... I'll be most grateful for any help. P.S. You may notice that I did not have any formatting in this post (which probably would have made it a lot easier to read). This is because the proxy website would not let me do it.