Solved: "unable to connect to remote server" on multiple applications

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kyle7119

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I have used several different programs lately that whenever they try to validate my information from the web, I get an error that the program is "unable to connect to remote server." I removed my anti-virus software and disabled windows firewall, but nothing seems to work. Internet Explorer and Firefox seem to work just fine. The other weird things is that these programs work just fine when I use them on my laptop which is connected to the same router. Thus, the router is not the problem. Since I have the same problem with multiple programs, I'm assuming that there must be something wrong with my windows network settings. I am running Windows XP

Any ideas of what fixes I can try?
 
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this definately sounds like some sort of firewall issue. You haven't had Norton on this PC at some point have you?
 

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no, I never used norton. the only firewalls that I have used would be the one with McAfee, the one with Avast, Comobo firewall, and the windows firewall. Those were all used at separate times (except Avast and Comobo were installed together).
 

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When I get home later today, I will try running these programs while in safe mode with networking. I am pretty certain that they will run just fine then.
 

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Problem fixed!!!!!

While browsing around on the computer, I discovered that I still has Comobo Firewall installed. I had completely disabled it sometime ago because it was more of a nuisance than it was helpful. However, I had never fully uninstalled it.

After uninstalling Comobo Firewall, ALL of my program suddenly work. :)
 
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