What's causing internet connections to be refused?

By macx
May 23, 2006
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  1. Using Netscape 7.0, Excite as a home page.

    Often when trying to open Excite email, I get that
    several tries before it goes thru.

    Also happens when trying to connect to other sites.

    I've gone into Tools to make sure the cookies are not
    blocked, I've gone into Preferences/Security and selected
    the option for Netscape automatically selecting the
    Certificate for website that require one.

    Actually, the Certificate thing and the SSL options
    didn't seem to make any difference no matter which
    one is selected.

    I've not changed anything else in my setups or in
    my security applications since before this started.
    Tried turning off the firewall when having a particularly
    difficult time getting into email, didn't help.

    Scanned everything with everything incl HJT,and all is clean.

    Any suggestions?

    Frankly, this Netscape thing is starting to give me more
    problems. I'm using an older than current version as the
    new version won't let me use Excite for a home page.

    Any good alternatives out there that aren't getting so
    popular they're being attacked a lot?

    Thanks much!!!
  2. Spike

    Spike Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,371

    could you give examples of site's you can't get to...

    More to the point, are the ads/click referrers delivered on those sites blocked in your HOSTS file. If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, create a copy of the hosts file found in %systemroot%/system32/drivers/etc/. Add .txt to the file name and upload it here, and also tell us what the sites are.
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