All of a sudden I cannot access sites

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by John, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I am not sure if this is related to IE or Windows. In any case, there are
    sites...different sites, that I used to access very frequently.
    For example - ADP (Payroll)...there are more, but this is just an example.
    Then one day, out of the blue, I am trying to access the site and I can't. I
    am getting an erro "this page cannot be displayed".
    I am using a one year old Dell with P4, 2.8GHz, 512MB, XP Pro with all

    I tried System Restore; I tried to reset all IE's settings to default; I
    tried lowest Security and Privacy settings; Nothing helps.

    Any idea what the problem could be?

    Thank you.
    John, Jan 6, 2006
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  2. Is this a secure (https) site?

    Make sure your firewall is not blocking port 443.

    Go to Start | Run and enter these commans (press <Enter after each one).
    Regsvr32 SOFTPUB.DLL
    Regsvr32 Wintrust.dll
    Regsvr32 Initpki.dll
    Regsvr32 Dssenh.dll
    Regsvr32 Rsaenh.dll
    Regsvr32 Gpkcsp.dll
    Regsvr32 Sccbase.dll
    Regsvr32 Slbcsp.dll
    Regsvr32 Mssip32.dll
    Regsvr32 Cryptdlg.dll

    See also
    HOW TO: Troubleshoot Situations Where You Cannot Connect to Secure Web Sites
    by Using Internet Explorer in Windows XP
    "The Page Cannot Be Displayed" Error Message on a Secure Web Site
    How to troubleshoot problems accessing secure Web pages with Internet
    Explorer 6 Service Pack 2

    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
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    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 6, 2006
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  3. John

    John Guest

    No, not just secured sites. Even regular sites.

    John, Jan 6, 2006
  4. Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 6, 2006
  5. John

    John Guest

    John, Jan 6, 2006
  6. Check C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc for a file named HOSTS with no
    extension. (Not Hosts.sam)
    Make sure Windows is set to show hidden files and folders and is NOT set to
    hide extensions for known file types.
    If HOSTS exists, rename it to HOSTS.OLD
    Reboot an try again.

    Or, In a Cmd window, enter
    ipconfig /flushdns
    then clear your TIF also, and re-boot.

    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 6, 2006
  7. John

    John Guest

    No...did both - didn't help.

    John, Jan 6, 2006
  8. Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 6, 2006
  9. John

    Don Varnau Guest

    What's the internet connection? Cable, DSL, dial-up? Running a router? Does
    the problem occur if you startup in Safe Mode with Networking?

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jan 6, 2006
  10. John

    Nethie Guest

    I host a website that features thousands of downloads. We have been running
    virtually error free since August of 2004. Starting a few days ago, a number
    of my regular visitors came to the Forums to say they were getting "Page
    Cannot Be Displayed" errors when they tried to access the downloads. I can't
    duplicate this problem myself so I am at a loss as to what to tell them to do
    to fix it. It seems odd that it would start so suddenly and only be
    affecting a select few. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Nethie, Jan 7, 2006
  11. You need to start your own thread, not hijack someone else's.

    Tom [Pepper] Willett, Jan 7, 2006
  12. John

    Nethie Guest

    I apologize, I didn't realize I was hijacking, I was merely confirming that
    John is not alone in this issue.

    Nethie, Jan 7, 2006
  13. John

    PA Bear Guest

    PA Bear, Jan 7, 2006
  14. Hi John,

    Some of the advice might be repetitious, but try all the steps anyway:

    *Tip* Go to IE, Tools, Internet Options, Internet Explorer Cache settings.
    Do *not* use "automatically". Use any other option but that one.

    Sandi - Microsoft MVP since 1999

    Inetexplorer has changed - for instructions on how to
    find old URLs, go here:
    Sandi Hardmeier - MVP, Jan 7, 2006
  15. Hi Frank,

    This link no longer works:

    Instructions are in my signature for how to convert old URLs to the archive
    address. The new URL with updated content has been posted elsewhere this

    Sandi - Microsoft MVP since 1999

    Inetexplorer has changed - for instructions on how to
    find old URLs, go here:
    Sandi Hardmeier - MVP, Jan 7, 2006
  16. Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 8, 2006
  17. John

    John Guest

    I am using a T1...subleasing from the company that I rent office space from.

    John, Jan 9, 2006
  18. John

    John Guest

    I am lost...where do I find these settings (which TAB under Internet
    John, Jan 9, 2006
  19. Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jan 9, 2006
  20. John

    John Guest

    John, Jan 9, 2006
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