Cannot connect to internet w/ Internet Explorer
Posted 01 March 2006 - 07:39 PM
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 07:34 PM
Posted 03 March 2006 - 08:42 PM
You can give this a try: ReSet your HomePage
in Control Panel - Internet Options - General Tab - type in the Home Page that you would like.
(I will suggest that for the time being you consider setting your Home Page to http://www.tomcoyote.com so that you can continue with your repair and investigation) You can change your Home Page back to your personal preference later.
Do you have FireFox or Opera installed.
If you don't have Firefox or Opera browser installed, do you have another machine that you could use to download the installation program for firefox or Opera, and then burn either installation program to CD to use to install on this current machine. Then you may get access to the Internet to proceed with further investigation and repair.
If you can access the Internet with either of those browsers, then Run and Post a HighJackThis Log over in the HJT Forum.
Follow these instructions, including the links in this "pinned Post":
Of course, if you don't have a working browser on the machine you are asking about, please post back here with your updated situation.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 06:06 PM
Posted 04 March 2006 - 07:48 PM
If you have not decided to use a proxy or if your ISP is not requiring the use of a proxy then please do empty the check boxes from the LAN panel and click OK.
On my own machine, also running Win98, I allow the following item to be selected:
Automatically detect settings
(doesn't seem to make any difference on my machine, one way or the other)
Prior to that LAN panel, the CONNECTIONS panel offers you a list of possible Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settings, with buttons
Below you are offered the options:
Never dial a connection
Dial whenever a network connection is not present
Always dial my default connection
You should select by placing a dot in the circle in front of: Never dial a connection
Making this selection, allows the connection protocol to move on to your LAN connection for IE.
You know that you are getting internet connectivity, since your Yahoo and Bearshare do get connection.
So the following may be useless and senseless, however, you may benefit by using CAT5 to make a direct wired connection to your laptop. If you then get connection via IE, you can run and post a HJT for further investigation.
Some malwares function to break internet connectivity for IE.
If you have cause to believe, or simply want to investigate the possibility of malware run and post a HJT.
I am not a trained or trusted HJT advisor!!
Consult a Trusted HJT Advisor or post your HJT log in the HJT forum.
You've probably reviewed these settings and came to the same conclusion that I am recommending.
But it never hurts to check.
Note: The BHO that you identified is Legitimate if you have Yahoo Companion installed on your machine.
That same BHO has in particular cases been found to be used by malware masquarading as Yahoo Companion. This is highly unlikely, but you can certainly Uninstall Yahoo Companion to remove this BHO to see if doing so corrects your problem. You can later download and reinstall Yahoo Companion if you wish to have it.
Many users, including myself, find Yahoo Companion to be a waste of time. I uninstall it regularly.
I recognize that my advice above is relatively elementary, and I imagine that you've already investigated these options. But again, it doesn't hurt to check.
Edited by dough, 04 March 2006 - 07:48 PM.
Posted 05 March 2006 - 02:14 PM
Edited by towboater05, 05 March 2006 - 02:15 PM.
Posted 05 March 2006 - 03:23 PM
I have a great deal of respect for the TomCoyote Forums and feel privileged to be able to learn and sometimes help here. Therefore I generally think twice before recommending tools and resources that are not embedded in the TomCoyote site.
In your case, I'd like you to have the benefit of a "system wide" overview of your machine, so that you can gain a sense of how each part of your machine may be contributing to the problem you are now experiencing.
You can gain such an "overview" by running the PCPitstop Full Test at:
You would be required to register at PCPitstop to use the Test, and allow an ActiveX component to be downloaded for the correct application of the scans. I am also a Member over at PCPitstop and have many times benefitted from use of the Full Tests and have referred probably hundreds of users to the Test with beneficial result of being able to identify problems that were not evident via other methods of question and answer.
In the Results of your PCPitstop Full Test, you will find a method for providing a link to your results that you can post in your thread here. The "link" is called the TechExpress and can be found in the summary box at the top of any page of your Test Results.
Please consider Running a PCPitstop Full Test and Posting your TechExpress here for the purpose of gathering additional information about your computer's current functioning. Members here may be able to provide additional recommendations based on that additional comprehensive information.
Running a PCPitstop Full Test does not interfere with your HJT posting here in the TomCoyote Forums, nor would the PCPitstop Test Results be used to "second guess" any recommendations that you receive independantly from a Trusted HJT Advisor here at TomCoyote.
If after consideration, you decide to Run a PCPitstop Full Test, please Post the TechExpress link into your next reply in this current topic of yours here at TomCoyote.
I cannot "guarantee" that Running and Posting a PCPitstop Full Test will provide information to solve your problem. Doing so may not even contribute any additional information at all.
But again, it is worth pursuing the additional information, even if only to rule out avenues of investigation that need not be followed.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 07:22 AM
Posted 06 March 2006 - 08:03 AM
After you download and save the installation (don't install it yet) you can learn about uninstalling Internet Explorer here, to get a clean start again:
Now go ahead and start the installation of the version of IE that you downloaded as mentioned above.
Note: (about copying a program from Win2K to Win98)
Copying a program that has been installed on another machine is never a good idea.
Applications, like IE are supposed to be installed from the Applications Installation program.
When installing, the installation package searches your machine and operating system to make sure it sets up the application appropriately for your machine and system.
Posted 08 March 2006 - 07:08 AM
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