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Nerothefiddler

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For the past couple of weeks sometimes when I click on a link in an email or on a web site, I get a completely black screen, with one white pixel in the middle. Sounds funny but is rather frustrating!.
The tab reads GIF image 1x1 pixel. It seems to be random, and sometimes happens on such well known sites as the BBC, and The Guardian newspaper. I normally us the Firefox browser.
 

Nerothefiddler

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Thank you Phantom 010 and lunarlanding, for your posts.
Sorry for the delay in replying.
Tried uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox,and the suggestions contained in your link,Phantom without success.
My OS is Windows 7. Not sure I understood your Win7 link lunar. Although not a novice,am far from an expert. Can you please explain your link in simple terms.
Although Firefox is my preferred search engine, have tried Chrome and Maxthon with the same result.
Which would indicate that Firefox is not the culprit.
Have also tried a different monitor with the same result.
Black screens with a varity of causes seem to be a commonplace, but endless searches have not revealed my particular problem.
It has become like an itch I can't scratch,so would appreciate any suggestions that may lead to solvin the problem!.
 

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Firefox is my preferred search engine, have tried Chrome and Maxthon with the same result.
The three you mentioned are browsers. Search engines are things like Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Startpage and a few lesser know search engines.

The email links and website links could be trying to take you to unsafe places and one of your security programs is protecting you.

When this happens, please right click and copy the link location.
Post the link here BUT put [ code] in front of the link and [/ code] after the link so no one will click it should be be an infested site.
I had to put a space between [ and c when you do this, do not put a space there.
 
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Hi, it is rare these days, however a link invokes the urlmon.dll, and it may have a register problem, to repair, go to start, search and type:- cmd right click on the returned cmd.exe and select 'run as administrator" at the prompt copy paste all below in red:-

regsvr32 urlmon.dll (press enter), you should receive a success message, restart your computer
 

Nerothefiddler

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Thanks for your replys
jenae
tried your suggestion, no joy I'm afraid.

plodr
Not sure how to do as you ask. When I Rt.click on the link I get three alternatives.
Copy shortcut.
Save target as ....
Select all.
Which one do I use?.
Not sure if it is any help but it only occurs with email links.If I go to the Guardian newspaoer web site for instance, and click on the same story it comes up with no problem.
Could it be a problem with Windows Live Mail, my email client?.
 

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It could be a problem with the links in the email. It usually doesn't say "copy shortcut". I get copy link location rather than a copy shortcut.
Don't select any of them because it would not give the proper url location.
 

Nerothefiddler

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It does not seem to apply to all the email links. Is it pissible to re install Windows Live Mail 1012, without doing a complete reinstall of win7?. Is there a newer version of Windows Mail?.

Perhaps a complete reinstall of win7 would be the most certain way of a cure.
 

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Sorry, I don't use Windows Live mail so I can't answer your questions about a reinstall.
 
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