I'm wondering what on earth could be causing this because it's starting to drive me crazy. I have tried multiple image search engines (Google Images, Yahoo Images, Bing Images...) on both my parents' computer (Windows XP Home, IE8, running MalwareBytes and McAfee, malware free) and my laptop (Windows 7 Pro, Firefox, barely three weeks out of the box, also running Malwarebytes and McAfee and malware free). They don't work.
The regular web searches work fine, but the image searches will not work. If I try to use them, the thumbnails for the images will appear with a 'loading' image on each of them, they will sit there for several moments and not load previews, and eventually firefox will tell me that the server at Google (or Yahoo, or Bing, or whatever I'm trying to use) is taking too long to respond and the request has timed out. Exactly the same thing happens if I try to use IE8 or Chrome which are also installed on my laptop. Restarting the browser does not fix this, nor does restarting the computer. Occasionally the first search I attempt in a session will work, especially if I type what I'm looking for into a regular web search and then click on the Images tab of the search engine, but I'm lucky if that happens and afterwards I'm shot.
Both computers are running on a wired connection through the same modem. The connection is ADSL, line speed about 3mbps, typical connection speed about 1.4mbps. It's definitely not shaping/out of data, because we have 50gb/month on peak and 50gb/month off and don't come close to eating that much data. Every other website works pefectly!
Typically, TinEye works fine - but the majority of the time I'm looking for new images. I'm starting to stuff up schoolwork because I can't find the necessary images, so if anybody would help it would be much appreciated!!
EDIT: This has been happening for several weeks, possibly about two months or so. Before I got this laptop, at any rate.
Edited by crosswind, 22 October 2010 - 10:52 PM.