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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by SayWhat?, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Rich

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    OK, now it's starting to get a bit strange. I left my laptop alone for a couple hours and when I clicked on the Google Chrome icon, my homepage came up and was dead. Nothing worked. No links worked. Great.

    So, I start opening up web pages and they come up fine after clicking on their icons. Then I hit the Home icon next to the address bar and my homepage works. Huh?

    For now, I'll keep on using Chrome. Must be a setting of some kind that I've managed to screw up. I've looked at my wife's Lenovo. She has a System 7, Idea Pad i7 and her settings are just like mine. She doesn't have these problems and we use them side by side. Both off the same wireless router, a Linksys 4200 that's about a year old.

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  2. wilbur_the_goose

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    Ok - do this. As recommended, drop Norton - it's a HUGE resource hog. I personally love Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, and works well.

    After that, check out the add-ins you have in Internet Explorer. I'd also run IE without any add-ins. Some of those add-ins can kill your performance.

    Hang in there, we're getting there!
     
  3. Shades228

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    Try this: set your homepage to be a blank page and then go to the page you want to be your home page, and then set that page to be your home page.
     
  4. wilbur_the_goose

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    One other idea - and I admit it's probably not going to help - try using a static IP address, something like 192.168.0.200 (or ...1.200, depending on your router's settings).
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    Observed during lockout:

    Taskbar Network Icon shows connected
    MS Broadband Utility shows connected (for a while, then shows not connected)
    SMTP Mail works

    WeatherUnderground Desktop widget not connected


    Windows Update does not download updates
    Malwarebytes does not connect to server

    Still getting some of this in the Modem log:

     
  6. Rich

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    Did that when I got the laptop last year.

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    I'll try that. I assume I can just shut down Norton, not actually wipe it out?

    I've never used IE on this laptop, but I'll wipe out the add-ins if there are any.

    I really appreciate this. Thanx.

    Rich
     
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    Tried that, no joy.

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    Tried everything above and the homepage still locks up. I can open sites from the desktop and the pages load quickly again. But the homepage still goes to Google i.

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  10. Rich

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    Got the homepage working! I had to completely wipe out Norton 360. Shame, I had over a year left, almost 2 years. I trust with Windows Security Essentials I'm completely safe?

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    As safe as with Norton. Of course still keep all your software updated, <cough>uninstall Java</cough>, that sort of thing.
     
  12. Rich

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    Uninstalled Java last week. Didn't seem to make any difference.

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  13. dpeters11

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    Oh, no. That had nothing to do with your problem, just in terms of being safe after getting rid of Norton. At least Java 7 right now has some extremely severe vulnerabilities being exploited and we haven't heard if Oracle will fix them before October.
     
  14. Rich

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    That's why I deleted it. And, from what I've read, we really don't need Java.

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  15. wilbur_the_goose

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    Oracle patched Jave 7 today.

    Is it working without Norton?
     
  16. amenic

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    My money is on a busted modem SayWhat. You can try checking with your ISP, sometimes they can correct things from their end. You can try messing with DHCP settings, or assigning static IPs for all your devices. If you're already using static IPs, I would strongly suggest removing them if favor of automatic addressing. If you're using a modem/router combo you might not need to replace it, but just add to it instead. My Modem is very bad at establishing connections, but it can maintain them very well. So I attatched a third party router to that, and it handles all the various connections itself, works like a charm. You can get a basic N router for like $20 on amazon.
     
  17. Shades228

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    Backup data and start from scratch easiest way to solve most of these minor issues and usually faster. I have a clean image I used once a month.
     
  18. wilbur_the_goose

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    amenic - I'm starting to think you're right. Swap out the router.
     
  19. Rich

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    Working quite well. Thanx. I really appreciate the help. I've been using Norton/Symantic products since the '80s and this is the first time I've had a major problem with them. As soon as I uninstalled the Norton 360, the laptop was back to normal. Again, my thanx.

    Rich
     
  20. dennisj00

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    I dropped Norton and McAfee products several years ago. They became so bloated and crippled many machines.

    I certainly recommend MSE with a weekly or monthly scan by Malwarebytes. Or spend the money and get the real-time version.
     

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