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  1. I finally had to use System Restore because of the OE problem caused by my trying to troubleshoot why this site wouldn't load. After a successful system restore to Friday, I entered PCPitstop in the Trusted Zone and that was that. No need to fiddle with any settings there or anything like I reported in the post above this one that I had to mess with to get the site to work in Trusted zone. This site works fine now in IE. Now why wasn't I told in the first place when I asked here that I had to put PCPitstop in the trusted zone and that was all I needed to do? That would have saved me a LOT of time and trouble. It is not something I would likely remember because I very seldom use IE so I haven't thought about zones in ages. So, tip ...have the admins, mods, etc. immediately tell a user who can't load this site to put it in the trusted zone. Don't assume they have already done that or even remember, if they ever knew, that it has to be there. So, that should be the first suggestion I think when a user comes here and complains that the site won't load in IE. Ironically, I had a friend who earlier today was trying to load this site and couldn't. He too had forgotten that it had to be in the Trusted zone. He also almost never uses IE but has been a Fx user, like me, for many years.
  2. Evidently it was a couple of ActiveX settings in the Trusted Zone that I had put to prompt that was the problem. Geez...got to really trust a site to put it in the Trusted Zone. I had to allow all the questionable ActiveX stuff totally...nothing on prompt. I didn't need to change anything in the Internet Zone and I would not have changed ActiveX settings there...too dangerous. So, I don't know what that "mixed zone" message from IE was about regarding this site because it works fine if I put in trusted and then allow just about everything. Now if I can just figure out what I changed that is causing Outlook Express to give a script error and not load the front page....I don't think loading the front page in OE is dangerous and I like the front page! I want it back. OE was working right until I started doing those tests Microsoft recommends when a web page doesn't load properly in IE and have no idea what I changed that affected OE. It is not the obvious script settings in IE. Sigh. All this with the zones for IE just reminds me why I seldom use IE. It is such a pain. Fx is so much better. But I don't like Thunderbird mail. I love OE ...one of the few things I really like about Microsoft Windows products...I know that makes me crazy... Noone except me seems to like OE. Where did the forum go that was for boasting about scores and tweaking? When I got this computer and it scored mediocre ....I figured it was the tests not handling hyperthreading well or something like that and I was disappointed so I came back once in April and the score still said I had an ok computer but it could be much faster. So, I was disgusted and didn't visit again until I got the email the other day about deleting my saved tests. I recall a forum though in February for bragging and I couldn't brag because I wasn't getting that good of a score. I've been a member here since just shortly after the site opened although the forum doesn't reflect that because I recall back in 2003 the forum was radically changed and all the old stuff was lost or something. I remember having to register new here and could not access posts back before the changes. All this to say that years ago Dave was so active here and I just wondered what was going on since I don't see him now. You have no idea, I suppose, why the test would say I have a monitor I don't have and claim it has a higher resolution than it really does? There was a huge plastic covering on this monitor when it arrived stating that the maximum resolution was 1280x1024. I see that with the nVidia card that I could invoke a utility to enable changes in resolution but to invoke that I have to sign an agreement that I understand that doing so will the void the warranty on the monitor and may cause irreversible corruption in the BIOS. So, that is basically a no-no to go above 1280x1024. So the PCPitstop test is just wrong and seems to think I have a different monitor than I have although I have not checked to see if the serial number reported by the test is correct. That may be as it obviously got that off my computer but still the resolution it reports as maximum is wrong. The monitor part of the test is not a major part of the test at all but it would be nice if it was either correct or simply didn't test for the monitor at all. I recall when I bought this monitor in Nov 2003 that PCPitstop had no information on it for a very long time and that portion of the test would be blank. I think now it has the wrong information ...I'd rather that part be blank than wrong.
  3. It's the latest PCPitstop plugin. I had deleted the earlier one. I ran all the tests at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154036 yesterday trying to figure out what the problem was. So, I changed a lot of settings in IE for the tests. Nothing helped. I still couldn't load the site...instead of stopping on 7 items left to load it stopped on 4. Then I decided to try putting it in the Trusted Zone which is what has always worked before but I had forgotten that since I seldom use IE. So, it worked in the Trusted Zone. I did a test and then I decided to put all those settings I had changed for the Microsoft tests when a site won't load in IE back the way I had them for the Internet Zone. Now mind you, I have PCPitstop in the Trusted Zone and I am only changing the Internet Zone back to how I had it. Well....something I reset made it impossible for me again to load this site on IE! It was weird...I had the site loaded on one instance of IE showing the test I just did. I reset the settings for Internet Zone and opened another instance of IE and it can't load this site! Then I noticed that in the instance that was loaded where I had done the test successfully, the status bar said MIXED ZONE ??? . So, evidently I can't have secure settings for IE in the internet zone and load this site in the trusted zone because it "mixes" the zones! Geeez.....So, now what do I do? Plus, to make it more irritating, something I did in IE settings has screwed up the front page of Outlook Express. It won't load now and gives me a script error. Ugh. Where's Dave BTW?
  4. I got it to load by putting the site in the trusted zone. I was able to test. However, now I can't load it again.
  5. Thank you but I tried that IE tab a year ago. I didn't like it. I don't want IE anywhere near Fx. I use IE only when I absolutely have to. I use it for speed tests and that is about it. IE was working here the last time I was here. I recall vaguely over all the years I have done the PCPitstop tests, and that's been about seven years I think, that periodically IE will have the problem of not being able to load this site. Can't remember what the fix was though. I suppose I might put that IE tab on SeaMonkey... nah...no way to uninstall extensions on SeaMonkey. I can probably test on my virtual guest machine using IE but I'm testing VMWare.... Yeah...I can test just fine on IE on my virtual machine. But now on the host machine (XP Pro SP2) Maxthon won't fully load even the main page here much less let me log in so the problem has gotten worse. I can't get to the forums or anywhere on this site now on Maxthon or IE. The main page loads very slowly up to 38% and then goes no further. IE is fine everywhere that I have tried it or Maxthon except this site.
  6. I just got an email about my not having visited in about six months. I don't want to lose the tests I have saved here so I clicked on the link in the email and that opened a new tab in Firefox to this site which loaded just fine and allowed me to login. I am posting this from Firefox. I can't test using Fx. I never use IE (I don't even use WU rather Shavlik). I opened IE to come here and the site will not load. So, I have Maxthon which I also almost never use (I am a Fx, SeaMonkey, Opera user) and I tried to come here on it. Maxthon can load this site's main page but when I try to login in nothing happens when I press the Go button after typing in my email address and password. I don't have those wrong since I had no problems logging in on Fx here. I have no idea what the problem might be with IE. I don't know if it has problems with other websites or not since I don't use it. It did open my home page at dslreports.com ok though. So, it is likely just a problem with this site...Active X problem? But why would Maxthon be able to load your main page but IE cannot? Then why a problem with logging in...that is rather basic. Even if I could login on Maxthon/IE, with all these problems I probably couldn't test.
  7. Sorry, I asked Dave about the problems with IE7b2 last night. I can't run the full tests now that I have IE7b2. I ran them with the debugger and found the two that cause hangs and excluded them and the tests then ran without further problems but then the results could not be loaded. I detested IE6 and never used it except for things like the tests here. I was surprised at how much I like IE7. I don't want to give it up...yet this is a new computer and I only have one test from here when I got this computer in February. I hate not being able to do the tests on a new computer but Dave says the problems are partly things he is working on to fix but it's also partly IE7's fault and that can only be fixed by MS. Does Erase rely on IE? I can link you to the one test I did here that is saved when I got this computer and had IE6. http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=YU0R0WNB7LCS64XQ Edit: I put it on my VMWare Workstation 5.5 virtual machine that has XP Pro SP1 and IE6. It doesn't crash and runs all tests but then the GUI is just bad as on the host machine. The guest machine is not using nVidia drivers either.
  8. I can't read the result very well as the display shows only the top half of the letters. I can tell that it scanned IE and I think below that it scanned Netscape except I don't have Netscape...I do have SeaMonkey and Firefox though. Then under those entries is "Windows recent xxxxx? (I can't read the word) documents" and I think it says "processing" next to that and that is when it crashes. I also have difficulty starting the scan because the window doesn't display properly. I can't see the scan button and can't drag the window bigger. I stumbled about and finally figured out that if I position the mouse outside the window and click several times on the mouse that somehow makes the window scroll VERY SLOWLY and eventually I can see the scan button. There is no vertical right side scroll bar ...there needs to be one or the window needs to be much bigger. This is on XP Pro SP2 with nVidia 7800GTX video card.
  9. I just read about Erase in CounterSpy's WXPNews. So, I downloaded it and tried to run it. It crashes over and over. I can't get it to run. Event Type: Information Event Source: DrWatson Event Category: None Event ID: 4097 Date: 4/3/2006 Time: 11:02:46 PM User: N/A Computer: MELE Description: The application, C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\Erase\PCPitStopErase.exe, generated an application error The error occurred on 04/03/2006 @ 23:02:46.703 The exception generated was c0000005 at address 7C9EEDCA (SHELL32!Ordinal78) XP Pro SP2 How do I get it to run?
  10. Solved! I cannot believe I just spent a couple of hours going back to every snapshot I have taken of this virtual machine so I could see where the IE problem first began. Problem appeared to be in every snapshot which I concluded meant that this install of XP Pro SP1a must have been a bad install. In the process of going back to the snapshots, I found that I never bothered to set IE to use Proxomitron! I never use IE except for speed tests on my host box because I use MSJVM not Sun Java. I never installed MSJVM on this virtual pc so the only time I used IE was to go download Firefox the day I set up this virtual pc back on July 29. So, I was trying to navigate your site without Proxo in the picture. I wondered why I saw a bunch of Google ads but I thought that was because I just had the old default filters. Anyhow, the problem was NOT Proxo, which wasn't even being used for IE internet connection, the problem was NOT KIS 2006 beta, the problem was that PCPitstop had not been placed in the trusted zone!!! GEEZ! I had IE security options for the internet zone set just as you show on your website. But that is not sufficient to be able to use your site. I remember now! Years ago, I had to put your site in the trusted zone on my 98SE box. I had to put it in the trusted zone on the host XP box but that was almost two years ago when I bought this Dell Dimension 8300 box. I had forgotten especially since I almost never use IE and haven't in over four years now. Why don't you tell folks that PCPitstop has to be in the Trusted zone? It sure would have saved me all this work trying to figure out a problem that has nothing to do with the health of my IE or my computer. What the heck setting or settings is it that this site needs lowered so much that it has be placed in the Trusted zone to work??? I just did the full tests here and I left Proxo with Sidki's latest configs and KIS 2006 running and the tests completed beautifully. I'm glad I persisted in figuring this out because my internet speed is poor and it's because I forgot to download Dr.TCP and turn windows scaling on and set my RWIN above what XP dynamically sets it at. Your tests reminded me that I haven't done that on this virtual pc although I did it long ago on the host box. BTW, I bypassed Proxo after the tests and clicked on a number of your ads.
  11. I doubt seriously that it is Proxo. I was only using Scott's ancient default filters. I didn't have Sidki's on. I know Dave that you don't like Proxo. I recall years ago you saying a similar thing to me when I had a problem here and was using Proxo. I've used Proxo over three years and before that Ad/subtract (which is built on licensed Proxo code). I just tested my host box at PCPitstop last night with Proxo running throughout the tests. No problems except your site seems to think Proxo, Process Guard and a few other applications I have that are outstanding applications are suspect applications. That is pretty hilarious to accuse Process Guard, which is the only application known that can protect against root kits and protects completely against trojans, etc. of being suspect. I also beg to differ with your assessment that Proxo lives to rip up web pages. The Remove It Permanently Fx extension far better fits your description. I just ripped a whole bunch of irritating stuff off your main site permanently with RIP. It is fantastic! Everyone I know who has gotten it is addicted immediately and there is a central location where you can post your rips for others to use. Now that is something I can see a web site author being irritated by but Proxo? Proxo makes the web a heck of a lot safer and that is very important these days. I think tjw003 could be right. This all started AFTER I installed 34 security fixes on the virtual box. The only one that would not install well was the IE Cumlative one. I'm going to uninstall it or use system restore and go back before any of them were installed. The other possiblility I think is KIS 2006 beta. We are getting a new build later this week so after I uninstall the current one and before I install the new build, I will come to PCPitstop on IE and see what happens. My host box has the IE cumlative update and IE works ok and that is also on XP Pro SP1a. That still doesn't rule out this as the problem on the virtual machine partly because I upgraded the virtual machine to SP2 and had a bunch of problems (why I don't upgrade the host box) and downgraded to SP1 again. Who knows what that did if the downgrade didn't completely downgrade and then I installed a cumulative update for IE? EEK...
  12. I was able to load the first of those pages and quickly. None of the others would load. They show a loading bar in the status bar and the bar gets larger VERY, VERY slowly and the page never loads. Eventually (after maybe 5 minutes) it says "done" in the status bar but the page is still trying to load and all I see is a blank white page. After trying to load all the others, I went back and tried the first link again that did load and it now will not load. I then tried to click on reply, using IE, to post this message. The message board had loaded on IE a few minutes ago just fine and quickly. When I tried to click on reply though, it would not load and give me a reply box. It did the same thing the links do. Shows a loading bar in IE that gets larger very, very slowly like I am on the slowest dial up in the world instead of a cable connection at 5Ms down and I just see a blank white page and nothing ever loads. I finally have to resort to "stop loading this page" button. So, I am typing this from Firefox. I did notice that even the first link you gave, that did load the first time I tried, and all the links that never load the page all show in the status bar "uinknown zone". Why would that be? My home site of dslreports still loads fast on IE after all the trouble trying to load those links of yours. I notice that dslreports says "internet zone" in the status bar. I bypassed Proxo to try and load your links but that makes no difference. I could understand KIS interfering with the tests themselves (I would suspend or exit before running the tests), but it shouldn't cause a page to not load at all. It is not popping up the web antivirus module to block your links so I don't think it mistakenly thinks there are trojans on your pages or anything. Actually, totally exiting KIS I think is impossible. Some services don't run when it is exited but the real time scanner runs underneath everything. I'd have to uninstall it I think to get it to totally not run. It has produced problems on some web pages..but your site would be the first that it interferes with the loading of pages if it is the culprit. I have noticed before I tried to do the tests here, that IE would become very sluggish on a variety of pages, even dslreports, after I used it a bit. I seldom use IE. Use it mainly for speed tests that require java applets (I dislikeSun Java and still use MSJVM) or Flash. I didn't think too much about it since I seldom use it. But it has some problems with slowing down shortly after opening and using. I recall now that it wouldn't load dslreports pages a couple of days ago after I had no problems loading Speakeasy speed tests and running them. So, it is something that happens after IE has been open for a bit. Your site seems to be the worse though because if I come to pcpitstop.com on a freshly opened IE, that will load quickly. Then anything I click on that page won't load. Then if I try Dslreportsi it will load quickly, but if I surf around dslr for awhile, then it gets very sluggish at loading and then finally won't load at all. I know it is not a problem with my connection because through all this Fx loads every page very fast with KIS running. Maybe I need to post about this also in the Microsoft Help forum at dslreports now that I remember IE getting sluggish at loading pages at other sites than yours after I have used it bit.
  13. Thank you for the suggestions. I don't use WU. That is the first thing I turn off onan XP machine. That and automatic updates, auto updating. On my host box, I download and install all updates from MS download site. On the virtual PC which I have had about a month, and which needed 34 patches after I installed the OS, I just got those all tonight from WindizUpdate site. I don't understand what the WU Control Engine has to do with ActiveX control here. I do have those files on both computers. Really old ...from WU version 4. I don't want newer versions. I would not go to WU to install them. I would use the XP CD. I will not allow MS to install the nasty validation tool on any of my boxes. My XP Pro is a valid OEM copy but MS has no business asking me for a store receipt years later and in essence accusing me of being a thief and I have to prove I am not. I feel very strongly about this. I applied the hack that I found for Fx so it can get all MS offerings at MS download site without any prompt for validation. Then I found WindizUpdate site which is great and I don't need WU at all now. Great tech support from Windiz also. I've been talking to the developer all day by email. I have those settings already in IE on both computers that you show. I don't have a host file on either box. I've only had the virtual pc set up for about a month so it shouldn't have any problems at your site due to to many changes made in IE, etc. It has never visited WU. It could be the cumulative IE update I installed a few hours ago though that screwed it up. I can more easily see that my host computer which has been running without any reformat for 22 months might have problems due to changes to IE, etc. The last time I tested at your site on the host box was about maybe 4-5 months ago and it was fine then. I decided to try again before I posted this. My host box (the one saying ActiveX was not supported) worked fine once I remembered to bypass the Proxomitron. I hadn't been here for a while and had forgotten about that. I still can't get any pages except the main one to load on the virtual pc. I bypassed Proxo there too and it didn't help. I suspended KIS and even exited and that didn't help. But the more I think about it, I bet this is KIS. I'm going over to the the Kaspersky beta forum and ask if anyone is having a problem here. KIS appears to run even when totally exited. It is extremely buggy...wrecks havoc with Outlook Express and I can't navigate on the KAV forum site or Wilders Security. Other sites have been ok...but now yours won't load...I bet the problem is KIS. I'll let you know what I find out. One reason I installed it on this virtual box is because it is so buggy...I wouldn't put it on my host box! Kaspersky has promised us a new build this week probably Fri (this build is a month old) and that might fix it.
  14. I've been testing here for 5 years I think. Haven't been here in a while. Now I cannot load any page on your site on IE except the main one. I have no problems loading all pages on the site on Firefox. When I try to load the page for the full tests, it tries forever and doesn't load. I have no problems at other sites on IE although I seldom use IE but I went to other sites after the problem here to make sure IE was working correctly everywhere else. Any page I try to load from the main page will not load on IE. I have IE settings as you recommend. This problem is happening on my virtual pc which runs XP Pro Sp1a. The virtual PC is running under VMWare 2005. I exited my KIS 2006 beta as that is very buggy but that made no difference. On my host box, I can load all your pages on IE but I can't do any tests. When I try the ActiveX test it tells me that ActiveX is not supported! This is on IE6 on XP Pro SP1a. What the heck does that mean? Of course ActiveX is supported on IE! How could the test tell me that??? On my host box I have your site in the trusted zone so I wouldn't have to lower my security in internet zone. I have no software firewall on the host box and no AV as my Bit Defender just expired earlier today and I haven't acquired the new version yet. I do run behind a router but has nothing to do whatever is causing the strange problems on IE on both boxes. Again, on my host box, like on my virtual box, I have no trouble using Firefox at your site. Both boxes are fully updated with MS patches. Maybe the cumlative IE patch (896727) screwed something up? I just installed that earlier tonight on the virtual box and a few days ago on my host box.
  15. I just ran the trial of your Optimize. My internet connection is just fine (although it has for about 5 years now shown low speed at your site) probably because you are in Texas and I am in Hawaii. I have Road Runner at 5ms down. According to my Hawaii RR VisualWare My Speed test, I routinely test at 4.91Ms/420kbps and Quality of Service is at 99%. Speed Tests on the West Coast from Speakeasy and SBC Yahoo are about the same (4.87Ms down). I have never heard of using an RWIN for XP Pro or any OS much above 100000. Usually the highest recommended RWIN is about 64420 unless you are in the middle of the Pacific ocean as I am in Hawaii. I usually have mine set at 75000. I use DrTCP to set it and this is the recommended setting from my home site of DSLReports. Why then would your test recommend a RWIN of 256960?! What is that supposed to accomplish? I set it to that value, rebooted and ran my speed tests. No difference. I'm really curious about how you arrived at this particular setting and why.
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