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Internet ONLY works with IE

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TomIrony, Nov 23, 2011.

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  1. TomIrony

    TomIrony Thread Starter

    Nov 23, 2011
    My problem:

    For reasons unknown, the only application that properly connects to the internet is Internet Explorer. Firefox, Chrome, Steam and other applications refuse to acknowledge the connection.

    I've called my ISP and there doesn't seem to be a problem on their end (and I'm using the Internet now). I've tried switching from a cable connection to wireless with no change. I've tried activating and de-activating (and uninstalling at one point) my anti-virus, updating the network card drivers, and reverting to a previous back-up, all to no avail.

    My network settings detect no problem with the connection itself, so there seems to be something on my end blocking everything but IE. It's very strange. Any help to get this unblocked would be very appreciated.

    My system:

    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8700 @ 2.53GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 6142 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 238469 MB, Free - 16293 MB; D: Total - 229466 MB, Free - 184606 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., G71GX
    Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Disabled
  2. TomIrony

    TomIrony Thread Starter

    Nov 23, 2011
    Okay, I fixed the problem!

    Here's the solution I used:

    1. Click Start, and in the search bar at bottom typed: "cmd".
    2. Right-clicked on CMD and clicked "Run as administrator".
    3. In the command window, typed the following and pressed Enter after each line:

    • netsh winsock reset
    • netsh int reset
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    4. Restarted my computer.

    The problem was fixed upon restart.
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