Friday, August 12, 2011

Fix a Computer Browser

Computer browsers open a door to World Wide Web servers that deliver dynamic content through websites. Sometimes, your browser might display incorrect data from a web page leading to inexplicable logouts, connection timeouts and failed connections. The most popular browsers use a cache to load web pages faster, but sometimes the cache stores data that is no longer useful or changes over time. When a website makes an update, your browser might still try to use its cache to load its pages.


Make sure the problem isn't originating on the web server's end. Try going to another website and see if the browser loads it perfectly. If it does, contact the webmaster of the page that is having trouble loading and notify the webmaster of the issue.

Verify your Internet connection by clicking your "Start" menu, clicking "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Command Prompt." Type "ping," replacing "" with a website you commonly access. Try different addresses. If you cannot ping any of them, you have an Internet problem on your end. Pinging verifies that you can reach a server from your Internet connection. The "ping" basically consists of a packet sent just for verification, waiting for the server's reply.

Open your browser and clear the cache if you get weird images or strange behavior from a website. On Firefox, click "Tools," click "Clear Recent History," select "Cache" and click "Clear Now." On Google Chrome, click the tool icon, click "Options," click "Under the Hood," click "Clear Browsing Data," select "Empty the Cache" and click "Clear Browsing Data." On Internet Explorer, click "Tools," click "Internet Options," click "Delete" under "Browsing History," select "Temporary Internet Files" and click "Delete."

Click on your "Start" menu, click "All Programs," click "Accessories" and click "Run." Type "services.msc." Scroll down to "DNS Client" and right-click it. Click "Stop." Check to see if you still have problems. Sometimes your computer keeps outdated DNS records in the host configuration of your DNS client, which might explain why some websites are loading and others are timing out.

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