Most web pages loading incompletely

By ShadowTiger ยท 4 replies
Sep 1, 2013
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  1. Hi,

    I hope you can help me. Over the last couple of days I've been having more and more problems loading web content. Many pages load some content, but not all of it. For example loads but without any CSS and loads but the page is blank (the form/pulldowns are missing).

    This is happening on every computer in my house - no matter if it's Windows 7, Windows XP or Linux - and no matter which browser (IE, FF, Chrome) or anti-virus program(s) (some have Windows Defender+Malwarebytes, some have Kaspersky). Even if I disable all that stuff, or run in safe mode.

    I am getting completely normal results, ping, down and up. tracert to these sites seems normal. Tried resetting my cable modem (I have Time Warner) and my router (a popular D-Link model). Even tried getting a different IP address by changing my router's MAC address. Exactly the same results. Don't see any unusual error packet logs, no DDOS attack or other unusual network activity hitting my firewall, have scanned multiple computers for viruses, malware, etc. using multiple tools. Nothing is helping.

    One thing I *did* do was connect my work laptop to my work network (I.e. VPN). The same web sites I'm having problems with normally work just fine when I'm going through my company's VPN.

    Can anyone help me? Any suggestions? I'm tearing my hair out.

  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Which D-Link model you have? How old it is? When last did you upgrade the firmware on it. How old is the cable modem? Do you have any switches between the router and network PCs.

    Have you called up your ISP and report the problem. Since you have tried everything you need to have them send a hit to your modem on their end. Hook one PC to the modem and connect that way by-past the router and see if you still have the issue you are reporting.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    Take a look at your Adblocking software (if any).

    the HOSTS file at \windows\system32\drivers\etc should be small and
    *MUST* contain at least the line localhost but may contain many other lines also starting with

    Any name other than localhost will cause that domain name to be blocked.

    SO; get an admin login so you can edit that file, but first get a command prompt and enter
    type \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and then hit enter​
    if you get many many lines shown, the copy/paste these two lines:
    attrib -r \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    echo "  localhost" >\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    and then follow with
    ipconfig /flushdns
    net stop "dns client"
    net start "dns client"
    your system will no longer filter domain names
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Jobeard, he said also Linux System has the same effect. All PCs on the network. Otherwise the above would work.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    Yea, got that but I was stabbing at the possibility that all systems got HOSTS file contamination - - rather easy to effect and have massive impact. Altering one would show clearly the answer :)

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