Explorer stops working for http pages, https works, Firefox too

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Hendrik Seliger, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Last weekend the Internet Explorer on my Windows Server 2003 quit its normal
    job. Trying to open a http-page end in the banner (top right) waving but no
    other action, no "Opening..." message, no change, no error, nothing. Peace.
    If I try to open a https-page, it works fine. ftp also works. Just http not.
    IIS on this machine also works, so it is specifically only in the Explorer.

    So I installed Firefox, works fine also for http. Reinstalled via repair the
    server, put up SP1, still no change. Got IEAK and installed a customized
    version, no change. Checked newsgroups, all help pages in MS kwowledge base,
    such as Winsocks (checks out okay), no luck. I have too much running on the
    machine to do a full erase/reinstall just for the fun of it...

    Auto update is enabled, all patches in. Disabled all plugins, no change.
    BTW, problem exists for all users on this machine, so it's not my cookies or
    so.

    Would appreciate any ideas what else I could check or do to get the this
    working again. Thanks lot!
    Hendrik
     
    Hendrik Seliger, Sep 15, 2005
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  2. Hendrik Seliger

    Todd J Heron Guest

    Check proxy server settings in IE Properties (Connections tab > Advanced).
    Are you using the same proxy server for HTTP as you are for "Secure"
    (https)? You could have a non-existent proxy server for HTTP. Such as a
    left-over setting from an anti-spyware program.

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    message Last weekend the Internet Explorer on my Windows Server 2003 quit its normal
    job. Trying to open a http-page end in the banner (top right) waving but no
    other action, no "Opening..." message, no change, no error, nothing. Peace.
    If I try to open a https-page, it works fine. ftp also works. Just http not.
    IIS on this machine also works, so it is specifically only in the Explorer.

    So I installed Firefox, works fine also for http. Reinstalled via repair the
    server, put up SP1, still no change. Got IEAK and installed a customized
    version, no change. Checked newsgroups, all help pages in MS kwowledge base,
    such as Winsocks (checks out okay), no luck. I have too much running on the
    machine to do a full erase/reinstall just for the fun of it...

    Auto update is enabled, all patches in. Disabled all plugins, no change.
    BTW, problem exists for all users on this machine, so it's not my cookies or
    so.

    Would appreciate any ideas what else I could check or do to get the this
    working again. Thanks lot!
    Hendrik
     
    Todd J Heron, Sep 16, 2005
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  3. Thanks for the response, but...
    Proxy settings are cleared, tried that as well. Tried to set to my ISP's
    proxy and to direct, back and forth, for all protocosl, no change. And
    problem exists for all users, so without a policy it would be strange as
    well.

    Any other ideas? Thanks!
     
    Hendrik Seliger, Sep 16, 2005
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  4. Hendrik Seliger

    Todd J Heron Guest

    It's in the HKLM registry somewhere on these computers. Scan thru all
    IE-related keys.

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    message Thanks for the response, but...
    Proxy settings are cleared, tried that as well. Tried to set to my ISP's
    proxy and to direct, back and forth, for all protocosl, no change. And
    problem exists for all users, so without a policy it would be strange as
    well.

    Any other ideas? Thanks!
     
    Todd J Heron, Sep 16, 2005
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  5. Todd,
    checked, no proxy entries in the registry. Simply no connection for http.

    Guess this one really is challenging creativity...
     
    Hendrik Seliger, Sep 16, 2005
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  6. Hendrik Seliger

    Todd J Heron Guest

    Do these machine have the old Proxy server Winsock proxy client installed on
    them, or the ISA server firewall client by any chance? Check under Control
    Panel for that.

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    Todd J Heron, MCSE
    Windows Server 2003/2000/NT; CCA
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    message Todd,
    checked, no proxy entries in the registry. Simply no connection for http.

    Guess this one really is challenging creativity...
     
    Todd J Heron, Sep 16, 2005
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  7. No proxy shown anywhere in the control panel, unless it's very well hidden
    somewhere. The "Windows Firewall" entry is showing, but I cannot open it, as
    "ipnat.sys" is busy, which I assume is because of the fact that I only have 1
    network card (firewall provided externally on the router). And since I can
    browse find anything but http and http works with Firefox, NAT seems to be
    not a problem.

    I by now reran the full SP1 installation (Windows Server and SBS etc.),
    reinstalled all protocols etc. on the network card, went through the whole
    installation tasklist, all to no avail. Any other ideas?? Thanks for the
    effort!
     
    Hendrik Seliger, Sep 17, 2005
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  8. Hendrik Seliger

    Todd J Heron Guest

    IE is very much tied into the OS, good, bad or indifferent. It's
    unfortunate that IE cannot be un-installed. At this point, perhaps wiping
    the machine clean and starting over again is looking like a possibility?

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    Todd J Heron, MCSE
    Windows Server 2003/2000/NT; CCA
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    This posting is provided "as is" with no warranties and confers no rights

    message No proxy shown anywhere in the control panel, unless it's very well hidden
    somewhere. The "Windows Firewall" entry is showing, but I cannot open it, as
    "ipnat.sys" is busy, which I assume is because of the fact that I only have
    1
    network card (firewall provided externally on the router). And since I can
    browse find anything but http and http works with Firefox, NAT seems to be
    not a problem.

    I by now reran the full SP1 installation (Windows Server and SBS etc.),
    reinstalled all protocols etc. on the network card, went through the whole
    installation tasklist, all to no avail. Any other ideas?? Thanks for the
    effort!
     
    Todd J Heron, Sep 17, 2005
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  9. That's what I feared... Well, I went for the smaller version of this and did
    a system state restore from a recent backup. Left the system unbootable
    (message about some kernel DLL missing), so I did another installation with
    repair option, after which my internet access is restored!

    Now I just have another problem as the service packs for SBS2003 SP2 won't
    install anymore, but I'll post on this in another group.

    Thanks for your help!
     
    Hendrik Seliger, Sep 19, 2005
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