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    G'day all! I'm having a weird problem with a computer here. Right now, it will login and browse ebay, but the minute I click the my ebay 'sell' tab to see how my auctions are going, it refuses to connect to that page... it hangs for a while, then says 'cannot find server'.

    ALSO - I have two oscommerce installations on two different websites. I can perform all sorts of tasks and add new products, but I cannot edit any existing products. When I click the preview link, it hangs and eventually says 'cannot find server'.

    Now..... from my other computer, all of these functions work perfectly well. So the problem is obviously with this computer... but what the heck could be causing this... Any ideas?

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    More information: I have no viruses or spyware installed - it's been checked.

    I have also noticed, if I go to google.com, the page is nearly all white and you can see the G from google in the top corner partly. I can, however, go to regional googles by typing in the addresses.

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    Samy. I had something similar like this a while back. Surf the net and get disconnected. Can you regain internet connectivity after hanging? If not, then it sounds like what I was hit with. I can't remember the exact problem but I found a search at symantec and ultiamtely removed a worm or something. Had to manually delete some registry entries. Maybe check at symantec for help.

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    Try renaming your hosts file and rebooting.

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    I was gonna say the same thing as Radegast.
    Thanks,
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    What is a hosts file?

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    Do a search of your PC for 'hosts' then open it in notepad.

    You'll see some host names with I.P. addresses.

    It's part of the complex mechanism Windows uses to resolve host names (ie 'user friendly' URLs) to I.P. addresses.

    Software like Kazaalite overwrites your hosts file with its own version which blocks access to anything it considers a rival (ie anything likely to try and sell you something.)

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    ok found hosts and hosts, hosts.sam and lmhosts.sam. I opened them in notepad but do not see any IP addreses in any of these files but the rem'ed out lines from Microsoft. So I am cool right?

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    Yeah you have no problem.

    Windows has various ways of resolving hosts names to I.P. addresses. It checks the hosts file first, and if anything's in there, it implements it. If the file is empty there's no problem.

    If you have a kazaalite hosts file you'll see domains like qksrv with an I.P. address of 127.0.0.1, and your computer will be unable to find the domain.

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    hey Rade, I do have this

    "127.0.0.1 localhost"

    in my Hosts.sam file though. What now? Let me post the entire file here:

    # Copyright (c) 1998 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP stack for Windows98
    #
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    127.0.0.1 localhost

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    Ian,

    I have the same Hosts.sam file that you posted and I have no problem.

    Original file - Monday, May 11, 1998 8:01:00 PM

    Sal.
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    127.0.0.1 localhost is fine.

    127.0.0.1 is the I.P. loopback address - it points to your computer's internal I.P. stack.

    If Kazaalite's hosts file points other domains to that address your computer tries to find them inside itself...

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    SamyT,

    If the above suggestions don't work, try going to Internet Options --> Advanced. Scroll down to security. Make sure SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, and TLS 1.0 are all checked.

    I had a similiar problem once where I could not access Google Adsense. I was getting everywhere else I needed to just fine. One of those boxes had gotten unchecked (I swear MS products just change their settings sometimes). When I checked them all off, everything was fine.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys - in the end I just thought "Bugger it!" and I reformatted the thing.

    Everything is back to normal now LOL

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    Thanks for the reply Mr Sal and Rade.

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