weird IE behavior

My browser has been acting strange of late. Here's the situation, when I click on a link I don't hear the click sound(very pronounced on my system)but a page comes up and refuses to populate. Not only that but the address doesn't appear either. This doesn't happen to all links that I have clicked and sometimes I can click another link on the same page and it will work ok. I disabled the pop up blocker and that didn't change anything either. I reset all the defaults in the advanced tab and restarted the system to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas what might be causing this? It is too random to find a pattern and I'm completely stumped.

A7n8x dlx G Bios Agressive settings
xp1700 Paly W 2x 256 Crucial 2700@ cl 2.5
Ge Force2/WD 60gig w 8mb Cache @ 7200

"There is no magic server pixie dust."
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  1. If you aren't able to fix the problem (or even if you are) you might want to try using Opera, it's has many more configuration options than IE and has a very useful tabbed browsing feature. Check it out, if you don't like it then no big deal.
  2. Check your hosts file.

    You may have entries in there that are pointing re-directs to an internal address. This happens frequently and can be corrected by deleting the internal address pointers.

    Navigate to:
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

    Using Notepad, Open the hosts. file (note, no extension!) It's important to save the modified file with NO EXTENSION!

    You'll see something that looks like this:
    127.0.0.1 localhost

    127.0.0.1 www.altnetp2p.com
    127.0.0.1 www.bonzi.com
    127.0.0.1 www.brilliantdigital.com
    127.0.0.1 www.b3d.com
    127.0.0.1 ad.dk.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.es.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.fr.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.it.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.jp.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.kr.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.linkexchange.com
    127.0.0.1 ad.linksynergy.com
    127.0.0.1 ad.nl.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.no.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.preferences.com
    127.0.0.1 ad.se.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.sma.punto.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.uk.doubleclick.net
    127.0.0.1 ad.webprovider.com
    127.0.0.1 ad08.focalink.com
    127.0.0.1 ad1.adcept.net
    127.0.0.1 ad2.adcept.net
    127.0.0.1 ad3.adcept.net
    127.0.0.1 ad-adex3.flycast.com
    127.0.0.1 adcontroller.unicast.com
    127.0.0.1 adcreatives.imaginemedia.com
    127.0.0.1 adex3.flycast.com
    127.0.0.1 adforce.ads.imgis.com
    127.0.0.1 adforce.imgis.com
    127.0.0.1 adfu.blockstackers.com

    In this example, we point the common "advertisers" to the internal address of 127.0.0.1 so that ads do not load. Rather, we see a big red X in the window where the ad would have been placed.

    This works the same for web pages as well as ads within them, if the entry exists in the hosts. file, your system will NOT attempt to go out to the web and load the page, but rather load it (if it's on your system) locally. If not on your system, it simply won't load.

    To make pages load from the web, simply delete the entire entry from the hosts. file and then pages will go out to the web to load.

    For example, if you see this:
    127.0.0.1 www.yahoo.com

    Then, when you enter www.yahoo.com in your web browser, the page will not load. If you delete the entire line from your hosts. file requests to load www.yahoo.com WILL then go out to the web and load the page.

    Hope that helps.

    Stephen Benoit

    Stable Technologies
    'The way IT should be!'
  3. That was a very interesting explanation (thanks for the help) but unfortunatly it didn't have any other entries in the file other than 127.0.01 local host. The explanation you gave was plausable and now I'm wondering if there was supposed to be something in that file. Any other ideas?

    A7n8x dlx G Bios Agressive settings
    xp1700 Paly W 2x 256 Crucial 2700@ cl 2.5
    Ge Force2/WD 60gig w 8mb Cache @ 7200

    "There is no magic server pixie dust."
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