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avanti

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I installed a few different pop-up stopper programs to try and I've since uninstalled them all and I think that maybe the cause of my problems but I'm not sure.
Now when I go to certain search engines and click on a link a recieve a standard page could not load error message.
It works if I copy and paste the link.
Also I've noticed that on some web sites, where an ad or picture should be I just get a white box with a red x in the corner.
I tried uninstalling and reinstalling IE 6 but that didn't help.
I downloaded and tried Netscape to see what would happen and when I click on the same links I recieve an Netscape pop-up Alert error message that says "The connection was refused when attemting to contact clickit.go2net.com"
I am using Windows XP Pro and I do not have a firewall.
Any help to reset to my original setting would be greatly appreciated.
Thanx
avanti
 

TonyKlein

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Hi,

Try this,

Go to Start/Run, an type regsvr32 urlmon.dll
Press enter.
Note: you should see a brief message that the dll has been successfully registered.


Next, fire up Internet Explorer, and Click Tools/Internet Options/Programs, and then click "Reset Web Settings".
Now, check to see if Web links work like they should.

Good luck,
 

TonyKlein

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As for pictures not showing, that happens on occasion.

Do this:

Shut down Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
Go to Control Panel/Internet, and clear your temporary Internet Files.
Click on Settings/show files, and delete all cookies there.
Now go to the Advanced tab, and click Restore Defaults.
And go to the Security tab, and click restore defaults there as well.

See if that helps.

Good luck,
 

avanti

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Thanx for getting back to me so quickly.
I tried all of the suggestions and unfortunatly I am still having the same problems.
Any other advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx
Avanti
 

TonyKlein

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Have you cleared your temps and cookies, as I suggested in my second post.

Also, if I understand you correctly, not all hyperlinks fail, just certain ones?

This clickit.go2net business is also puzzling.

It's as if you were still having an application running that blocks certain strings or content.

Please do the following:

Go to Start/Find/files or folders, and search for a file called HOSTS (not HOSTS.SAM which is a sample file).
If you find it, open it and delete all web page entries.

And let's see what programs are starting up as you start up Windows:

Go to Start/run, and type Msinfo32, followed by OK.
Go to Software Environment/Startup Programs.
Now click Edit/'Select all', and then 'copy'
Paste the contents in your post.
 

avanti

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I have cleared all my temp & cookies as you suggested.

I also reset all of my settings as suggested (I reset them each time I tried all of the things below)

reg32 urlmon.dll was also successfull

Just certain hyper links fail....I would say currently 80 % now fail.

I did not find a file called HOSTS, I did find something called "hosts"..........C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

When I ran MSINFO32 I saw that at start up my system ran adsgone.exe, which I uninstalled about a week ago. I just uninstall it but it didn't help.

I also saw that at start up my system also ran WNAD.exe

I searched WNAD.exe on this forum and I read that it can be a bad file.

I deleted both the WNAD.exe & wnad.dat files that I found on my computer.

I also ran adaware which did not find anything.

Here is a copy of my start up:
ctfmon.exe c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe AVANTI2\Allan HKU\S-1-5-21-117609710-179605362-682003330-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe .DEFAULT HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
desktop desktop.ini NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
desktop desktop.ini .DEFAULT Startup
Microsoft Office c:\progra~1\micros~3\office\osa9.exe -b -l All Users Common Startup
NAV Agent "c:\progra~1\norton~1\navapw32.exe" All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

I really appreciate all of the help that you have given me.
avanti
 

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Hi,

Adsgone would certainly account for the 'clickit.go2net' warning you receive.
If it starts up as Windows loads you'd certainly expect it to be in your Startup Programs.

Try this: Go to start/run, and type Msconfig.
On the Startup tab, is anything else there than what's listed in Msinfo32/Software environment/startup programs?
 

avanti

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In msconfig it had adsgone but it wasn't checked.
I reinstalled adsgone.
In the help menu for adsgone there it a certain way in which it must be uninstalled.
I orginally just used add/remove programs to uninstall and I guess because it is still runnning in the background it doesn't uninistall it properly.
It seems to have fixed the problem.
I did notice that even after uninstalling the program properly the 2nd time it still appears in msconfig-startup (the box beside it is still not checked)
The command is
C:\PROGRA~1\ADSGON~1.COM\adsgone.exe
Location
Startup
I have tried to find this file/folder on my computer to erase it and I can't seem to find it.
I don't know if just leaving it there is good or bad?

Thanx for all of the great advise, I appreciate all of the time that you have spent helping me solve this problem.
avanti
 

TonyKlein

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Your Msconfig/startup entry is not the program itself.
You probably uninstalled that, as you said.

To remove the mention of it in Add/Remove, do this:

Go to Start/Run, and type Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/microsoft/windows/CurrentVersion/uninstall, find the Adsgone 'folder', or Registry (sub)key, which in fact it is, highlight it, and hit delete.

Third party programs like TweakUI and RegCleaner also allow you to do that, if you don't feel like editing the registry manually.

IGood luck,
 
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