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22-Mar-2011, 07:41 PM #1
Something is blocking my internet.
Lately, I've been having some problems with my internet. It seems like something is blocking my internet from different programs and applications on my computer.

For example:
Skype says "Signing in" for 5 minutes and then shows an error.
Tf2lobby.com says "Connecting" but doesn't move from there.
I tried to connect to a Mumble server, but it wouldn't connect.
I try to use the "Steam" in game web browser but an error just shows up.
I installed Opera but it says "Connection closed by a remote server".

I am using Windows 7, Firefox, and Comcast.
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22-Mar-2011, 07:58 PM #2
What antivirus program are you using?

What firewall are you using (if any)?
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22-Mar-2011, 07:59 PM #3
Well, I don't have any Antivirus and I only have Windows firewall.
Even if I take down the firewall, it doesn't do anything.
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22-Mar-2011, 08:43 PM #4
First step, get an Anti-Virus. There are lots of free ones out there you can download. I would recommend Avast! as it is easy to use, easy to uninstall and if you register for free it stops asking you to buy it.

This certainly sounds like an odd problem.

You need to identify if the issue is with the actual internet connection or with that specific computer. Do you have any other computers in the house? If not do you have a friend with a laptop who can come round and test the connection?
If your friend using a different computer has the same problems then the issue lies with the internet connection and you will need to provide the make and model of your home router.
If you friend doesn't have any issues then the problem lies with your machine and you should await the results of an anti virus scan before troubleshooting any further.
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22-Mar-2011, 09:13 PM #5
Hmm... that's true.
I do have another computer around the house so I'll see if it's my computer or the connection.
(My internet connection IS pretty bad :C)
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23-Mar-2011, 05:10 PM #6
Problem solved.
I don't really know HOW it was solved but I assume it was my computer because as soon as I restarted it, everything started working.
Thanks for the help guys.
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23-Mar-2011, 05:21 PM #7
Well, you definitely need an antivirus.

Try downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

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