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Posted 14 August 2006 - 10:28 AM
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 04:35 PM
If I look for cookies, I find numerous cookies folders and scads of just plain cookies
What does your Cookie Wall look like, as far as the listing of Always Delete and Always Save.
Is it possible that (somehow) your Cookie Wall list has become "scrambled"?
I suppose that I'd Uninstall Cookie Wall, Delete all Cookies, in C:\Windows\Cookies and in the Saved files of your Cookie Wall application, then confirm IE settings to Default (or your preferred settings) then Reinstall Cookie Wall.
I'm aware that one of the reasons you have Cookie Wall in the first place, may have been to "preserve" some important cookies, such as those associated with PASSPORT, so you may want to allow selected Cookies to remain.
Do you Currently have a Hosts file in root of C:\
You may want to go to MVPSHostsfile to read up on Hosts File:
Do you happen to have IESpyad?
Many folks installed it and forgot it long ago, but there can be conflicts with MVPSHostsfile, with Spyware Guardian, and with SpywareBlaster.
IESpyad often got installed in the root directory (usually C:\IESpyAd) and not in C:\Program Files\IESpyAd therefore People tend to overlook it in its installed location.
Read here regarding possible conflicts:
However, if you do decide to Reinstall....... Now is the time to do it, since you just got cleaned up with help from Micah. Therefore, you would be a good candidate for a Non-Destructive Repair Re-installation as described by Fred Langa. (You won't lose files and documents. You won't lose Drivers. You won't lose your preferences, etc. ) (Though I don't have more than 50/50 that this would help your Cookie problem)
If you're wondering if there is something wrong with your Operating System, and want to find out... before resorting to a Re-install...
Run Window File Protection - System File Checker
Start - Run - (type)sfc /scannow
Then have your Windows installation CD handy in case SFC detects any missing or corrupt operating system files that need to be replaced from the original. (If you're running SP2 be sure to have the SP2 CD)
These are just a few things I'd consider before going to your bottom-line option of reinstalling XP.
Please let us know what you discover and what additional questions arise.
Hopefully we can get this fixed without a Reinstallation.
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If I have no problems with it [FireFox], do I just leave IE where it is?
Is there an option?
Seriously, yes. Just leave it where it is.
Please note that IE is so embedded in Windows that you just about can't remove it without breaking Windows.
Please also note that you had better get IE fixed, because Windows Updater only recognizes IE for Updates!
No easy outs on this one!
I just want to know if you can browse without IE, using FireFox.
Then we should get back to the serious work of fixing IE.
I use both FireFox and Opera over a few years and like both about the same.
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Edited by dough, 14 August 2006 - 08:55 PM.
Posted 14 August 2006 - 08:53 PM
Do you know for sure that your ISP requires the PROXY settings that you have set?
as a follow up to installing FireFox, did you allow FireFox to "get internet settings from IE"?
(not the exact wording, but somewhat the message you would have had to answer during FireFox setup)
If so, then FireFox may also be being stopped by these proxy links. (I'm only speculating here, based on the assumption that you may not require proxy settings to get to the internet)
Then Click on Tools - Options - then click on "Connection Settings
Please reply in this thread with the information in Connection Settings.
Primarily is it set to ???
-Direct Connection to the Internet?
-Auto-detect Proxy settings for the network?
-Manual proxy configuration?
Please consider the following-- three step procedure.
Clear your JAVA Cache by going to Control Panel - double-click on - JAVA (or JAVA plug-in)
With your JAVA Control Panel open, Click on "Delete Files" (down toward the bottom of that screen)
Try to access the internet, including a few sites that you have been unable to access.
You need to update your JAVA anyway. Go to Control Panel - Add/Remove and completely uninstall JAVA.
Navigate to C:\Program Files\JAVA and delete any remaining files in java.
Navigate to C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\JAVA and Delete any JAVA related installation program.
Using Internet Explorer or FireFox, doesn't matter. go to: http://www.java.com/...load/manual.jsp and download/install JAVA for Windows
Edited by dough, 14 August 2006 - 09:13 PM.
Posted 15 August 2006 - 12:18 AM
Here is a paragraph that helps explain why I am even thinking about your proxy settings as possibly involved in your ability to access Hotmail and other sites requiring cookies.
An open proxy is a proxy server which will accept client connections from any IP address and make connections to any Internet resource. Abuse of open proxies is currently implicated in a significant portion of e-mail spam delivery. Spammers frequently install open proxies on unwitting end users' operating systems by means of computer viruses designed for this purpose. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) abusers also frequently use open proxies to cloak their identities.
Because proxies might be used for abuse, system administrators have developed a number of ways to refuse service to open proxies. IRC networks such as the Blitzed network automatically test client systems for known types of open proxy . Likewise, an email server may be configured to automatically test e-mail senders for open proxies, using software such as Michael Tokarev's proxycheck .
Groups of IRC and electronic mail operators run DNSBLs publishing lists of the IP addresses of known open proxies, such as AHBL, CBL , NJABL , and SORBS.
The ethics of automatically testing clients for open proxies are controversial. Some experts, such as Vernon Schryver, consider such testing to be equivalent to an attacker portscanning the client host.  Others consider the client to have solicited the scan by connecting to a server whose terms of service include testing.
A more knowledgeable Member will probably be able to punch holes in my logic and dismiss the issue as a wild goose chase, or hopefully assist in a specific fix.
Here's my thinking.... If your ISP does require Proxy server addresses in their internet access, then your two Proxy settings are OK, and I'm on a wild goose chase.
If, however, your ISP does not require or script Proxy server addresses to facilitate your internet access, then these Proxy settings might have been conveyed to you via "some other vector".
Your work in HJT would not have identified these "proxy settings" as malicious, since in and of themselves they are not. But they "could" be restricting your access to login identity password protected sites.
I don't know this to be a fact. I'm just asking. If you don't know, ask your ISP.
If they don't know, consider using IE Tools - Internet Options - Connections - connect directly to the internet.
If they don't know, consider using FF Tools - Options - Connections Settings - connect directly to the internet.
OK. I'm thinking it is a wild goose chase. Sorry. Of course, ATTBB.net refers to AT&T Broad Band services. Many, many HJT logs show the same entry without need to change it. But XP doesn't require the setting in Connection settings in order to connect to the internet.
You could try using "connect directly to the internet, as a possibility. Won't hurt...Might Help.
Edited by dough, 15 August 2006 - 12:28 AM.
Posted 15 August 2006 - 06:14 AM
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