I have a Win2k computer that will not access non-sescure (http) web sites. It WILL access secure (https) sites! This problem is not restricted to Internet Explorer 6. Netscape 7.1 and Opera running on this computer have the same problem. The configuration is ISP = Comcast, PC = Dell PC running Win2k, Motorola cable modem connected to a D-Link VoIP box connected to PC. D-Link box has WAN in, Ethernet out, phone out.
The errors I get when accessing a non-secure site (i.e. www.google.com
This page cannot be displayed. Cannot find server or DNS error.
The connection was refused when attempting to contact [URL]
You tried to access the address [URL], which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page.
If I access a secure site (i.e. https://www.wellsfargo.com
), I can browse to my heart's delight.
IPCONFIG /ALL shows a valid IP assigned to the PC and valid DNS servers. If I ping the DNS servers, they respond.
NSLOOKUP [URL] gives me an immediate and valid reply. If I ping the [URL] site IP, it responds.
The HOSTS file contains only one entry: 127.0.0.1 localhost.
Registry entries for prefixes are:
Even if I enter the IP address of a non-secure site into the address bar, I still cannot access the web page. If I plug a Mac into the network connection, everything works fine. The last two sites this PC visited before the trouble began were craigslist.com and wellsfargo.com. I have deleted cookies, history, and internet cache. Any ideas on why this PC seems to be stuck on a secure connection and how to "unstick" it?