cmitsys (TechnicalUser) (OP)
8 Dec 10 10:35
Over the past few weeks I have had sporadic access to search engines like Google, Bing and other major search engines on my laptop. I can browse to http://news.goole.com
without a problem but if I try to browse to http://www.google.com
I get the following:
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
What you can try:
Diagnose Connection Problems
This problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
•Internet connectivity has been lost.
•The website is temporarily unavailable.
•The Domain Name Server (DNS) is not reachable.
•The Domain Name Server (DNS) does not have a listing for the website's domain.
•There might be a typing error in the address.
•If this is an HTTPS (secure) address, click Tools, click Internet Options, click Advanced, and check to be sure the SSL and TLS protocols are enabled under the security section.
For offline users
You can still view subscribed feeds and some recently viewed webpages.
To view subscribed feeds
1.Click the Favorites Center button , click Feeds, and then click the feed you want to view.
To view recently visited webpages (might not work on all pages)
1.Click Tools , and then click Work Offline.
2.Click the Favorites Center button , click History, and then click the page you want to view.
I have McAfee AV installed and up to date and it detected no suspicious content. I've also tried Firefox (installed prior to the issue beginning) and it also failed to load the page leading me to believe this is not browser specific.
I have also tried the following tools to see if it was something McAfee was missing:
- Trend Micro RootKit Buster
- Trend Micro HouseCall
- Trend Micro HijackThis
- SpyBot Search & Destroy
- Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
none have turned anything up other than the typical browsing activity tracking cookies like double-click.
I've flushed the DNS, checked for rouge host files or edits to the legitimate host file, and many other steps suggested online. Network issues were ruled out as other machines on the same network were able to connect to Google without issue and when I try to access Google from my home network it still fails to load.
I'm at a loss, any help is appreciated.
Windows XP - w/ Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8
let me know if you need anything more...
thanks in advance for any suggestions!