A very strange problem has recently surfaced whereby I am unable to access yahoo.com (specifically mail.yahoo.com) and www.ebay.com
. The pages eventually load but not completely. After about 3-5 minutes some of the graphics and background text will appear. I have contacted my broadband supplier (COX HIS) and they had me attempt the normal things such as:
1.) Clear internet cache and cookies
2.) Reset I.E. to all defaults ("Security" tab, and click on [DEFAULT LEVEL]; "Privacy" tab, then on [DEFAULT]; "Programs" tab, then on [RESET WEB SETTINGS]; "Advanced" tab, then on [RESTORE DEFAULTS].)
3.) These guidelines will set your browser settings to defaults to ensure you are able to access all Web sites with no restrictions of any kind. You might also need to clear the DNS (Domain Name System) values to avoid having possibly wrong Web addresses that will deter your browser from accessing certain Web sites. The following procedure can only be done of you have Windows XP, 2000 or Server 2003:
4.) Type "ipconfig /flushdns" (between the "g" and the "/", there is one blank space), and press [ENTER].
5.) For the new changes to take effect, please perform a soft network reset (restart cable modem and PC)
Anyhow, I have tried all of this, run Webroots SpySweeper and Window Washer, and am still having problems accessing these two web pages. Every other page I have tried loads instantly (2-3 seconds max). This Windows XP system is running behind a Red Hat Linux system acting as a firewall using Shorewall. None of the settings in Shorewall has been changed. Following Cox’s procedures, I obtained a new IP address. I also tried plugging the network cable directly into my laptop and yahoo.com and ebay.com both worked immediately. Therefore, I know the problem lies somewhere between the Windows system and the cable modem (i.e. the Linux box). What could have changed to cause the very slow loading in these web pages?
Thanks for any help that you can provide to resolve this issue!