Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:27 PM
I am using IE7 (and sometimes Firefox) on a WinXP PC with a reliable broadband connection. I have AVG Free, Spyware Blaster, Spybot, Ad-Aware and Comodo firewall installed. My router also has its own firewall but it is on its default configuration. I've also got an updated HOSTS file and over time have made numerous small tweaks to my browsers' privacy settings for things like cookies.
I have always protected my PC before using the internet as you can see. I have just recently joined awebsite interested in getting into comping. However, a number of the links that I click on directly from this site do not open. I am given a Google message saying "This link appears to be broken" and some similar search suggestions are given. I get the same response in IE7 and in Firefox and in a few cases it has happened to me on websites that I know and do work.
Sometimes I notice the links which don't work are rerouted via some ad company. Other times it is the website itself. I would like some help to rectify this. I would like either to reduce the level of security I have setup somewhere on my PC to allow the desired websites to open, or more ideally I would prefer some way that I could bypass any protocol to allow certain links to open (e.g. holding CTRL/SHIFT while clicking).
Thanks in advance.