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I have a computer on a 2 computer network that can not surf to Yahoo and seemingly a few other sites but this is the major one. I'm running Winproxy 4.0 R1c as my Internet Connection sharing program and have turned off the firewall completely and removed all options in the filtering section as well. The computer has a fast strong connection and can find most any site however when we try to visit Yahoo we get that it can not be found error. Any ideas?

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Which computer can't surf to yahoo? The client or the computer setup as the proxy server?
Also, try pinging yahoo from the one that can't surf to it. You can try pinging it by the IP address of 216.115.108.245 and by yahoo.com and let us know what you find out.
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Sorry should have mentioned that it is the client computer not getting there. Did try to ping both Yahoo and the IP address. Was able to ping both just fine. Also put the IP address in the address bar after the 'http://' but was unable to get anywhere. Just as a side not I have tried 3 different browsers on this computer all with the same result.

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Though going straight to the IP address should work even if there is a Hosts file, check this to be sure.

Start>Find>Files, key in Hosts and press enter.

Do you see a file called just Hosts? That's just Hosts with no file extension. You'll find a file called Hosts.sam but that's not the problem. Your looking for a file just called Hosts with no file extension. If you find one, right click on it and rename it Hosts.old and then try Yahoo.
 

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My search for 'hosts' on the drive revelead Hosts, hosts, and Lmhosts all without any extentions and I was in the 'Show Details' mode. I renamed all of them one at a time with the .old to no avail.

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Open up the Hosts file you found with Notepad. Then copy paste it's contents to a reply here.

BTW, you also want to be sure you close all instances of IE and then restart the browser after you've renamed the files.
 

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I did certainly close IE before renaming the files and reopened it when I tried it anew. The contest of the Host file is as follows:

# Copyright (c) 1998 Microsoft Corp.
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# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP stack for Windows98
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# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
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# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
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# For example:
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# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

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That appears to be the Host.sam file not an active Hosts file.

Open each Hosts file you found and see if any have any references in them to the Yahoo URL or it's IP address 216.32.74.52

If no references are found, then a Hosts file is not the problem.
 

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This is very odd. You can get to some sites but not yahoo.
And it's not the browser as your operating system can't ping it either.
Have you tried turning the firewall back on, make sure all the ports are open and nothing is blocked, give full internet access, then turn it off again and try it?
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opps, no Bryan, I made the mistake. Should have re-read after my coffee. My apologies.
This is a tough one. Control Panel, Internet Options, Connections and check for a proxy server?
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Yes PING does work for URL and for IP address. I when I pinged 'yahoo.com' i got the IP of 216.115.108.245 which I just tried to ping and had no problem with. I also pinged the IP you suggested of 216.32.74.52 and had no problems. I tried as Del suggested and set all my firewall and blocking filters to maximum, logged out and logged back in with nothing working. I reset the settings to off, repeated the logging process and still nothing.

I should say that Yahoo is not the ONLY site I can't get to...I'd say about 20% of the sites I try to get to on this one machine it fails, just Yahoo is the biggest site so I KNOW it's fine on their end. Google will come up and search for any query I put in with lightning fast results, however when I click some of the results I can not find those pages which I believe is my problem and not the sites.

Also as for the other 'Hosts' file all it contains is the following single line:

0.0.0.0 javascript-of-unknown-origin.netscape.com

As you can see no reference to Yahoo's IP.

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CP > Internet Opt > Connection reveals that only 'Automatically Detect Settings' is checked. no proxy is currently checked, do I need to set one? If so how do I determine addy/port.

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I hope you resolve this but just a quick question. Have you purchased Winproxy yet? There's a better hardware option available using a Linksys BEFSR41 or BEFSR11 router to connect multiple PCs to a single connection using one IP address. It's uses NAT to allow you to share one IP simultaneously. The router costs about $75, about the same cost as Winproxy, and can be picked up any CompUsa or BestBuy. I know quite a few people that had been using Winproxy but switched to the new routers. They work extremely well, can support up to 255 PCs and are easy to setup using DHCP. It takes about 5 minutes to set one up and your done. They also have their own built in hardware firewall.

Anyway, that's just another option if you can't get Winproxy to work correctly.

Good luck .....
 

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I went though the free trial period with WinProxy and had no problems at all so I purchased it back in September, haven't really had many problems with it until the past few weeks.

I will keep that in mind if this doesn't get resolved, however Linksys does make good products.

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This may sound like it's coming out of left field, but have you reinstalled tcp/ip?
Had a customer last night that could only send email to certain addresses but other's wouldn't send. Using the same smtp protocol in the tcp/ip stack so never thought of reinstalling it.
Finally uninstalled the tcp/ip, rebooted and reinstalled it. It worked. At this point, it can't hurt.
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And I'll just add for what it's worth. If it's been working for some time now and this just started to occur, if you have access to another PC, hook it up and see if the same thing happens as a client. If so, I'd try reinstalling WinProxy.
 
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