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Most websites won't load -- But some do!

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by dalefreeman, Sep 19, 2015.

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  1. dalefreeman

    dalefreeman Thread Starter

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    This problem started suddenly a day or two ago after about a month of using a new Win 8.1 computer.
    Most websites won't load: spin for awhile and then give "The connection has timed out" message. Some websites load quickly and easily, though: search engines (Google, ixquick, Yahoo, Wikipedia), my Verizon Yahoo webmail.

    Oddly, GoogleMaps won't load from a search engine or from the address bar, but if I go to Google.com and use the Google Apps icon to go to maps, it loads instantly.

    Relevant facts:
    • Win 8.1 on an Asus desktop PC. Automatic update is on.
    • Using Firefox 40.0.3, fully updated (but Internet Explorer has the same problem behavior)
    • Home wireless network (my Android tablet does NOT show the same behavior; can connect fine through same wireless connection) No other devices are using the network.
    • Computer came with free trial of McAfee security. Using that, including McAfee Personal Firewall. No other virus/firewall/security/spam blocker software is active.
    I did a search on this problem and all the results I get date back to 2012-13. Then, no one had any solutions. I'm hoping that since then, this problem has been identified and solved!

    Any suggestions appreciated. It's driving me nuts!

    Dale
     
  2. dalefreeman

    dalefreeman Thread Starter

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    UPDATE...
    After noodling around and looking harder at what sites were accessible and which were not, I decided likeliest source of problem was McAfee Internet Security or McAfee Web Advisor. So I disabled the McAfee firewall and, lo and behold, everything worked! Not so strange, perhaps, but it IS strange that when I re-enabled the same firewall, everything still works!

    Don't know how long it will last, but at least it's an easy fix to use until my McAfee subscription (free with purchase of my computer) runs out and I switch to something else.
     
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