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Can't open external websites in IE8 on server 2008

I am having a strange problem with a windows 2008 32 bit server accessing the internet. First symptom was that windows update stopped working.  After additional testing here are all the things I know.
I can ping external websites by name and IP address
I can open websites on the local domain.
IE8 will not open any external websites, and when attempting to access an external website the network access will change to local only for a period of time.
Installed firefox and it will open only https external sites. (internal sites also work for http)
Windows firewall is turned off and stopping the firewall service made no difference.
Stopping antivirus had no effect.
Resetting IE8 had no effect.
Server has a static IP and is running SQL server 2005 with several databases.
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
install a different browser (ie: google chrome) see if it connects

if it does, you need to reinstall IE

otherwise, its a firewall/grouppolicy issue
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
SOURCE: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1297.internet-explorer-8-is-not-displaying-pages-or-opening-links.aspx


Other Possible Resolutions

These resolutions have been reported by at least one person on the forums to work - if they work for you, please move them to the "Possible Resolutions" heading:

Deselect the Automatically Detect Settings Checkbox

To do so, use the following procedure:

From the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
Click the Connections tab.
Click the LAN Settings button.
Clear the Automatically detect settings checkbox and then click OK.
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xrayeyesAuthor Commented:
I installed firefox, but it will only open https sites (externally) and I verified that the automatically detect settings checkbox was not checked
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spamsucks72Commented:
Since FF can get out over 443 and not 80 then IE should be able to as well.  

Can you get to a website on another server?  Is there a FW between the server and the internet?  Is the FW set not to allow servers to browse the web over port 80?  

FYI ... It is not a good idea to browse the web on a server regardless if you can, especially a DB server.
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
sounds like either your account is limited with something blocking port 80

Run as adminitrator, and check the group policies and the router


Also check if you can access https://google.com on IE

https uses port 8080
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xrayeyesAuthor Commented:
Can access websites inside the firewall and all other servers and PC's can access the internet with no problems. I will double check the firewall settings.
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xrayeyesAuthor Commented:
Problem turned out to be a combination of a router setting and an IE8 problem.
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xrayeyesAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for xrayeyes's comment #a39731653

for the following reason:

Figured out the problem
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
my last comment, directed you to the router
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xrayeyesAuthor Commented:
My Mistake, you are correct
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