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windows 7 pc can ping internet IP addresses and hostnames but cannot surf

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This is a strange one.  I have a brand new delll laptop that cannot surf the internet.  I checked the IP settings and the pc is set to receive an ip address from the router/isp.  I can connect to the wireless or wired network just fine.  When I try to surf in IE I get the page cannot be displayed.  I installed Firefox and I get the same thing.  I can ping 4.2.2.2 and I can ping internet hostnames all day.  I just cannot open a browser and get out to the internet.  The windows update does download updates without a hitch and the pc is up to date on security patches.  Antivirus app also download updates just fine.

Any ideas?

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Question by:JLazore
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by:danora
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Hi JLazore

I your firewall on? Port 80 open? Do you have conflicting firewalls? (try disabling one of your firewalls and thentry again) have you tried pathping and tracert to verify the destinations? i would have a look at a packet tracer application to see where its getting stuck.

Hope this helps
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by:JLazore
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Good point, I forgot to check that.  I turned off the windows firewall and I still could not get out to the internet.
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by:danora
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Hi,

Have a look in the LAN settings within IE to see if it is trying to use a proxy with the firewall still disabled :)
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by:JLazore
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I already checked that...Lan settings are autodetect.
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by:danora
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do you have a different browser that you can try, Im fast running out of ideas apart from resetting your tcp/ip stack.DNS is ok, pings are ok, your not using a proxy....... IE problem??
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by:houssam_ballout
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try this in the command prompt:

netsh winsock reset ip

Are you able to browse Internet through IP of some host/
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by:JLazore
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I tried Firefox and get the same results.  How do you rebuild the stack in Windows 7?  This is a clean install btw and it is picking up the ip fine.  Like I said, I can ping hostnames without issue as well.  This one is strange.  Also just scanned for viruses and malware - no problems.
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by:JLazore
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It asks me to elavate to admin in order to run that command.  This is the only user on the pc.
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by:danora
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See comment from houssam ballout, Its a long shot............ worth a try :)
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by:JLazore
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can't run it, says to elevate to administrator.
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by:danora
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Start>programs>accessories> right click on cmd and click run as admin..........
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by:JLazore
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Was able to run the command but it still does not work.
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by:houssam_ballout
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when you ping google.com
you get an ip, right?
so copy this IP to the browser , can you open it?
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by:danora
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One thing that comes to mind is in your browsers´ internet options. Check to see, under connections, if you have it set to ¨always dial a connection¨.
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by:JLazore
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I checked that and it is all set the way it is supposed to.  I also reset to default settings as well.  I am stumped.
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by:houssam_ballout
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try browsing through IP
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by:jrmedia
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there is a virus going around that sets proxy settings to use the following proxy and leaves it blank in all broswers the antivirus does remove it just not in time or may not detect it at all it seems once this setting has been changed the virus kills it self any way so i would check under tools>internet options>connections>lan settings and make sure no proxy settings entered
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by:JLazore
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I have seen that one before.  I did check and the proxy setting is unchecked.
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by:JLazore
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browsing by IP did not work either.
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vernony earned 250 total points
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the problem could be corrupted dlls since browsers need to call these dll files and proceed accordingly, therefore, the problem occurs with both IE and Firefox. please follow http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813444 to re-register mentioned dlls, then check the result again.
hope it helps
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