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#1 Mpiper


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:34 AM

Only google Chrome works right now, i have games that connect to servers through Internet explorer. I have made sure Proxy settings weren't set, resetting to default settings, and tried installing Internet explorer 8. i have windows xp professional Service pack 3, 2.80 GHz and 2 GB ram, i was playing games online when my internet was shut off for payment issues, when the bill was paid and they restored internet (2hours later) Internet explorer would not work.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

Hi -
If you go Start > All Programs, is Internet Explorer still listed there ??
Will any page open (even a blank page) when you click on Internet Explorer ??

If you can not get a blank page to open, go to Control Panel > Internet Options and make sure you have a Home Page listed in the open box
There must be at least one home page listed in the box (E.G. http://www.google.com or similar) to "get out" -

Please check this first -

Thanks -

#3 Mpiper

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:58 PM

Yes it would open, it would try to load google.com but would stay at 3 bars, anyway I got advanced system cleaner and ran a complete deep scan, fixed all my registry errors and then was able to connect to Microsoft download page, for some reason my registry was somehow messed up to the point where I couldn't update my browser. Then I installed a later version of IE8 and everything is back to normal, thank you for your insight though! I have gotten Alot of useful tips posting in this website!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:20 AM

Obligatory comment/announcement:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

#5 Zootopia3000


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

Then I installed a later version of IE8...

There is only one version. The cumulative and security updates update it from there.

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