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Yahoo refusing connection

By macx
Oct 14, 2010
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  1. Never seen this before, but when I open Firefox with Yahoo as home page I get
    "Connection Refused"

    Other bookmarks / sites come up fine, and my wife's computer on the same
    modem and same router has no problem.

    While on another site, I clicked "home" and it opened Yahoo, altho slowly.
    But then while on Yahoo I tried to open a news article and again got the
    Connection Refused, and the same when trying to Sign In, i.e. for email.

    Any ideas on what the problem may be and how to fix?

    Thanks!
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Don't know why, but a few things to try

    Does the same problem happen when you use IE?

    Try updating FF? (Help->Check for Updates)

    You can also try running FF in Safe Mode Start->Programs->Mozilla FF->FF (safe mode)
  3. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 743

    Well, a couple hours later and all seems OK.

    Was just puzzled, hadn't ever seen that before.

    One possibility - I did an Avira complete scan after that happened and it found 5 malware that
    it deleted. Then I opened FF and Yahoo came right up. Just maybe it was sensing something
    wrong and protecting itself?

    I don't use IE and after all I've heard / read about the latest FF, I'm avoiding that, too.

    Thanks for the tip, though, about Safe Mode, hadn't thought of that - had something else
    to do so didn't dig or try anything.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Glad to hear it seems better :grinthumb
    When having FF browser problem, can be helpful to check if a problem is specific to FF or happens with both browsers
    Checking FF Safe Mode runs FF without any FF addons enabled so can also help rule out addons as source of the error

    In any case, glad to hear things are running better now :)
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,680   +880

    What are you calling " the latest Firefox"? You are going to run out of browsers very soon, if you don't lighten up a tad.

    IE really hasn't recovered fully after the fiasco that was IE6. The new versions are much more secure, although I personally don't use them either..

    "Chome" is just asking Google to stuff their corporate nose up your a**.

    If you see my point, you can run out of options rather quickly.
  6. Chuck Root

    Chuck Root TS Rookie

    I hope this helps .... I had the same problem and discovered that Firefox browser was actually "in the process" of updating. Once the update was complete and I restarted Firefox, I had no problem whatsoever.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,231   +232

    What have you heard/read about FF that would make you avoid it?
  8. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 743

    It has been my experience that when FF updates, I lose functionality on several of my important security add-ons, happens every time.

    So I just wait awhile until they've got it sorted out, or the add-ons get updated, to allow everything to work.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314



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