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  1. How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    To all !

    Over this weekend (since last Friday), my computer can't access
    gmail.com and also groups.google.com ! No matter how I tried to access
    these two places, the browser will churn and churn, and then come back
    with an error.

    I can access google.com without any problem tho.

    I can also get into google.com.au and google.co.uk with ease.

    At first I thought that it was gmail at fault. But today, when I
    return to my office, I can get into gmail without any problem. That
    means, it's my PC that is preventing me from accessing gmail.

    Went back home, did a "ping job" - ping www.google.com -f -l 1500 -
    (also on www.google.com.au and www.google.co.uk ) and ping returns the
    ip of 127.0.0.1 !!

    127.0.0.1 supposed to be the virtual loopback interface of a computer
    system, that means, something is terribly wrong with my PC. So I scan
    it for virus / trojan but found NOTHING.

    Dear all,

    Can you please tell me what has gone wrong with my PC??

    Please help !!

    Thank you !!

    PS. I can access all other sites. Only http://groups.google.com and
    http://www.gmail.com return error !

  2. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    Do you think you cross-posted to enough newsgroups?

    Open your Hosts file with Notepad and remove the line that redirects
    those URLs to 127.0.0.1.
    ---
    Leonard Grey
    Errare Humanum Est

    Penang wrote:
    > To all !
    >
    > Over this weekend (since last Friday), my computer can't access
    > gmail.com and also groups.google.com ! No matter how I tried to access
    > these two places, the browser will churn and churn, and then come back
    > with an error.
    >
    > I can access google.com without any problem tho.
    >
    > I can also get into google.com.au and google.co.uk with ease.
    >
    > At first I thought that it was gmail at fault. But today, when I
    > return to my office, I can get into gmail without any problem. That
    > means, it's my PC that is preventing me from accessing gmail.
    >
    > Went back home, did a "ping job" - ping www.google.com -f -l 1500 -
    > (also on www.google.com.au and www.google.co.uk ) and ping returns the
    > ip of 127.0.0.1 !!
    >
    > 127.0.0.1 supposed to be the virtual loopback interface of a computer
    > system, that means, something is terribly wrong with my PC. So I scan
    > it for virus / trojan but found NOTHING.
    >
    > Dear all,
    >
    > Can you please tell me what has gone wrong with my PC??
    >
    > Please help !!
    >
    > Thank you !!
    >
    > PS. I can access all other sites. Only http://groups.google.com and
    > http://www.gmail.com return error !


  3. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    "Penang" wrote in message
    news:98ab87df-fe8a-46bd-a44d-4b831b6a121e@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
    > To all !
    >
    > Over this weekend (since last Friday), my computer can't access
    > gmail.com and also groups.google.com ! No matter how I tried to access
    > these two places, the browser will churn and churn, and then come back
    > with an error.
    >
    > I can access google.com without any problem tho.
    >
    > I can also get into google.com.au and google.co.uk with ease.
    >
    > At first I thought that it was gmail at fault. But today, when I
    > return to my office, I can get into gmail without any problem. That
    > means, it's my PC that is preventing me from accessing gmail.
    >
    > Went back home, did a "ping job" - ping www.google.com -f -l 1500 -
    > (also on www.google.com.au and www.google.co.uk ) and ping returns the
    > ip of 127.0.0.1 !!
    >
    > 127.0.0.1 supposed to be the virtual loopback interface of a computer
    > system, that means, something is terribly wrong with my PC. So I scan
    > it for virus / trojan but found NOTHING.


    I've seen this on a friend's pc but not yet got to the bottom of it
    (although on his pc he can get to google but not to a number of other sites
    and the cause is dns being redirected to 127.0.0.1).

    Look in the hosts file like Leonard suggested, hopefully there is an entry
    there that you can delete. If you find its empty then it might be worth
    trying a scan in safe mode (if it will let you) and a sweep using spybot.
    It might also be worth posting to alt.comp.anti-virus. When you find the
    cause please post back and let us know.
    --
    Brian Cryer
    www.cryer.co.uk/brian





  4. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    Penang wrote:

    >127.0.0.1 supposed to be the virtual loopback interface of a computer
    >system, that means, something is terribly wrong with my PC. So I scan
    >it for virus / trojan but found NOTHING.


    Had me scared with that statement, and I run a host file.

    Edit this file: X:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    It's a text file, search for and remove Gmail.

    Or replace the HOST file with this one
    http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/hosts


    --


    http://bomomo.com/

  5. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    Penang wrote in news:98ab87df-fe8a-46bd-a44d-
    4b831b6a121e@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com:

    > To all !
    >
    > Over this weekend (since last Friday), my computer can't access
    > gmail.com and also groups.google.com ! No matter how I tried to access
    > these two places, the browser will churn and churn, and then come back
    > with an error.
    >
    > I can access google.com without any problem tho.


    I have been having trouble with Google's various services over the past
    several days as well.

    Also, I should point out that I have always seen problems with reusing
    Google's cookies. I would suggest that you only allow them for sinlge
    session usage, or remember to try deleting them when you have problems
    using Google.

  6. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    Yep, sounds like somethings been writing entries into your hosts file
    since those sites return 127.0.0.1 That's what they would return if they
    were set to be blocked in your hosts file.

    Your hosts file can be edited with any text editor, so have a look in
    there and I'm sure you'll find entries for those two sites.

    It is located in the c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc folder.

    However, you also need to address the issue of how the sites got blocked
    in the first place. What wrote those entries to the hosts file?

    The following is a sample hosts file from my system which has no sites
    blocked -

    *start of file*
    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    #
    # 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.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    *end of file*

    Later, Ray Parrish

    Penang wrote:
    > To all !
    >
    > Over this weekend (since last Friday), my computer can't access
    > gmail.com and also groups.google.com ! No matter how I tried to access
    > these two places, the browser will churn and churn, and then come back
    > with an error.
    >
    > I can access google.com without any problem tho.
    >
    > I can also get into google.com.au and google.co.uk with ease.
    >
    > At first I thought that it was gmail at fault. But today, when I
    > return to my office, I can get into gmail without any problem. That
    > means, it's my PC that is preventing me from accessing gmail.
    >
    > Went back home, did a "ping job" - ping www.google.com -f -l 1500 -
    > (also on www.google.com.au and www.google.co.uk ) and ping returns the
    > ip of 127.0.0.1 !!
    >
    > 127.0.0.1 supposed to be the virtual loopback interface of a computer
    > system, that means, something is terribly wrong with my PC. So I scan
    > it for virus / trojan but found NOTHING.
    >
    > Dear all,
    >
    > Can you please tell me what has gone wrong with my PC??
    >
    > Please help !!
    >
    > Thank you !!
    >
    > PS. I can access all other sites. Only http://groups.google.com and
    > http://www.gmail.com return error !


    --
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    Trouble shooting and Fixing Windows
    http://www.writingsoftheschizophrenic.com My poetry in web pages

  7. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    "Ray Parrish" wrote in message
    news:%23LqhaCHOJHA.648@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Yep, sounds like somethings been writing entries into your hosts file
    > since those sites return 127.0.0.1 That's what they would return if they
    > were set to be blocked in your hosts file.
    >
    > Your hosts file can be edited with any text editor, so have a look in
    > there and I'm sure you'll find entries for those two sites.
    >
    > It is located in the c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc folder.



    This is the normal location, but it can be changed. If your hosts file looks
    okay then look in the registry at:

    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi ces\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath

    this gives the location of the hosts file, so if its pointing to anything
    other than %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc then either find and view the
    file in its new location or change the value in the registry back to what it
    should be.
    --
    Brian Cryer
    www.cryer.co.uk/brian



  8. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:34:12 -0000, "Brian Cryer"
    wrote:

    >"Ray Parrish" wrote in message
    >news:%23LqhaCHOJHA.648@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Yep, sounds like somethings been writing entries into your hosts file
    >> since those sites return 127.0.0.1 That's what they would return if

    they
    >> were set to be blocked in your hosts file.
    >>
    >> Your hosts file can be edited with any text editor, so have a look in
    >> there and I'm sure you'll find entries for those two sites.
    >>
    >> It is located in the c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc folder.

    >
    >
    >This is the normal location, but it can be changed. If your hosts file

    looks
    >okay then look in the registry at:
    >
    >\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servi ces\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath
    >
    >this gives the location of the hosts file, so if its pointing to

    anything
    >other than %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc then either find and view

    the
    >file in its new location or change the value in the registry back to

    what it
    >should be.



    That why I like Spyware blaster to prevent the host file from being
    changed by anything.
    Some AV/trojan pgms protect the host file.
    Also can backup the system files.
    Regards
    buddy b

  9. Re: How come my PC can't get to Gmail and google-groups??

    buddy b wrote:
    >
    >That why I like Spyware blaster to prevent the host file from being
    >changed by anything.
    >Some AV/trojan pgms protect the host file.
    >Also can backup the system files.


    If you run your keygens in a sandbox,
    they can't 'touch' your hosts
    http://www.sandboxie.com/

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