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All Web Browsers Broken in some way including new installs

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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    All Web Browsers Broken in some way including new installs


    So randomly I stopped being able to move my firefox windows or use plugin windows (like firebug), I could still switch tabs and make new windows where I wanted them by dragging a tab out of firefox.

    I reported that problem here https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/984035

    While waiting I decided to try out Internet Explorer (which i typically only use to confirm compatibility) and it won't go to any web pages at all.

    Then Desperate I tried opera Which I can move around however I can't switch between tabs.

    I've begun to think my computer is sentient or infected and is just trolling me at this point, please help

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  2. #2


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Check LAN proxy settings in IE and run a scan with Malwarebytes.

    In IE: Alt+X, Internet Options, Connections tab, LAN Settings

    Remove all checked boxes and hit OK twice. Close IE.

    Open and try again.

    Check C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts with Notepad to see if anything funky is in it.

    Uninstall 3rd party antivirus and/or firewall to test, if need be.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Check LAN proxy settings in IE and run a scan with Malwarebytes.

    In IE: Alt+X, Internet Options, Connections tab, LAN Settings

    Remove all checked boxes and hit OK twice. Close IE.
    Can't access options in IE

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Open and try again.

    Check C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts with Notepad to see if anything funky is in it.

    Uninstall 3rd party antivirus and/or firewall to test, if need be.
    and hosts is clean, trying out malwarebytes

    :edit:
    Malwarebytes didn't yield any useful results
    Last edited by ert3; 27 Jan 2014 at 08:25.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I FOUND THE SOLUTION, so I realized that my windows 8 charm bar also wasn't working and figured if I couldn't fix the browsers I would fix that. Charm Bar example image

    This lead me to need to preform a safe boot to see if it worked, out of curiosity i also tested fire fox and it was working as well.
    I disabled an apparently malfunctioning Trillian messenger and now everything is working like it was before (trillian uninstalled because i don't use it anyway).

    This has mended everything EXCEPT windows Internet Explorer
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Figured I should Also post my final solution for IE,

    It was having it's own issues and resetting the browser via the control panel fixed it (link bellow details how to do it through thr browser but internet options in the control panel works the same way).

    How to reset Internet Explorer settings
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