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Post Posted July 5th, 2011, 3:09 pm

So... interesting issue that cropped up for me just today. I try to visit a specific website and Firefox (v5.0) immediately redirects it to 127.0.0.1. A post back in 2008 on these boards mentioned the Hosts file, which I have already checked and confirmed that the redirect IPs within there are ones that Spybot S&D put there itself (back in 2008, no less). The website in question is not amongst that list, and I could visit the website just fine yesterday and for months before this.

Now here's the interesting part - Internet Explorer (v7), the in-game browser used by Steam (as in gaming), and the browser on my Playstation 3 are all able to connect to the website no problem with no redirecting. I've checked that NoScript and AdBlockPlus aren't messing with this in any way (by both disabling the addon itself and using each addon's respective "off" setting), so I'm really quite stumped as to why it won't let me connect.

At the moment, it's only the one site, but I'm still confused as to why it's happening in the first place. I'm running a virus scan just in case, but the fact that it's letting me access the scanner (avast!), update it, run it, and even visit the website for it leads me to believe it's not a virus. I *CAN* access the site if I use the IP directly, and I can access non-homepage versions of the website. It's just when I try to hit the website's homepage, it redirects. Any suggestions?

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Post Posted July 5th, 2011, 3:19 pm

And the site is?

Darkblade986
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Post Posted July 5th, 2011, 3:21 pm


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Post Posted July 5th, 2011, 8:13 pm

What if you go to http://75.102.3.15 instead? Still redirected?

Darkblade986
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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 2:34 am

No, if I visit the IP directly, it loads the website just fine.

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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 3:36 am

Try clearing the DNS cache. I think it is possible for a problem in the DNS cache to affect one browser and not another.
See this
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=330
and
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/233/clea ... dns_cache/



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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 9:19 am

Hi,

I had exactly the same problem and tried a whole host of things, just like you did. Flushing the DNS cache almost certainly won't do anything (I already tried, plus changing DNS servers), since it does not appear to be a Windows DNS problem, but seems to be about something in the browser's own caching.

This is what worked for me:

Go to your History (Show all History), right-click on http://arstechnica.com and select 'Forget About This Site'

I hope this works for you.

Darkblade986
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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 2:04 pm

edmeister: Cleaned out the DNS and it still doesn't work.

Rudimental: My firefox is set to not remember any history, so I don't have anything to go in and have it 'forget'.

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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 2:08 pm

What about in either/both Firefox's and Windows's safe mode?

Darkblade986
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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 2:42 pm

Safe Mode gets it working without having to check any of the check marks. Progress towards the solution, I hope.

Darkblade986
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Post Posted July 6th, 2011, 2:42 pm

and... now regular Firefox works as well. Either that single boot into safe mode fixed it or it solved itself. Regardless, the site works again.

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Post Posted November 21st, 2011, 10:03 am

Had a similar problem. "Forget this site" worked for me. Thanks a lot Rudimental

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