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500 internet server error only when attempting to search

topprops
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I get a 500 internet server error only when attempting an internet search from any search engine and in any browser.

no malware or virus.

any help
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Check your Lan settings for proxy.  In internet explorer, click Tools\Internet Options, click on connections tab, then click on Lan Settings, and make sure unneeded proxy settings are not there.  You can check "automatically detect settings"

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no proxy,  I can get to websites.  but can not search.  I checked automatically detect settings.  it just took longer to go to 500 error screen.

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I tried restore to earlier point in time.  with no difference
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topprops--
Can you provide exact words of the error message?  Are you sure it says internet server and not internal server?
While old, this info should apply to newer versions of IE and servers.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886216
I understand you have  tried several Search provider sites.

If the error is "internal" server, this is a problem with the server' s software and not your software.
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ah,  it does say 500 internal server error.  then there is a line followed by nginx

but I don't understand, what internal error.  I have tried google, yahoo, msn, and bing.  I get the same error.  what server is it referring to.  I do have a windows server connected to this network, but that shouldn't be affecting the search from the computer.

no rootkit threats found
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something or someone had removed host file.  mr. fixit from microsoft

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034  solved the problem thanks.

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expert lead me to check host file.  that sent me to search host file restore which lead me to mr. fixit.

thanks

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