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    Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Not sure if this is Win98 or IE problem....
    Running Win98 and IE6 - when browsing all activity stops for about a minute - it can happen every 10 minutes or so but also can be a few hours between incidents!
    It doesn't effect the PC (no freeze / the windows can be selected etc) but noticed that while it's happening if I type into an edit box (eg a search string in Google) - the cursor moves along, but there's a delay in the appearance of the letters typed - they all appear at once after return pressed

    This seems to have "crept in" and is gradually driving me up the wall
    I've upgraded to IE6 from IE5 to see if it made a difference - it didn't! (no real surprise there)

    I've tried using task manager to shut down anything running in the background but it makes no difference
    All standard things (emptying IE cache / temp files - defrag etc etc tried to no avail
    Usually rebooting helps to get rid of it for a while but not always

    Anyone got any idea before I f*#~!*disk the darn thing!!!
    Mike

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Not sure if your problem is the same as mine (using 6.0). I have noticed a very definite slow down it my response times. My connect speed are the same, but get long delays when nothing seems to be happening. This is particularly true when trying to make the first connection to a site. Recently several sites have "timed out", yet when I call the site they say no problem with their end. None of the sites I visit seem as fast as they used to be, but all seem to have slowed down.

    I'm wondering wheter I am being held up by all the new cable modem people on the net, or even more sinister, wheter there could be a plot to force more of us dialup people to hi speed connections?
    Win 8, Firefox 16.0.2, Thunderbird 15.0.2

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    <hr>I'm wondering wheter I am being held up by all the new cable modem people on the net, or even more sinister, wheter there could be a plot to force more of us dialup people to hi speed connections? <hr>
    Thank you halek2 for your response. When I said that to my wife, she said "Another Conspiracy Theory?"
    Currently I use Pacific Bell Internet. I will absolutely not use them if I choose to go DSL.

    Thank you for the validation !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Michael

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Sounds like conspiracy but you could well be right!! - there's certainly a lot of push just now to get us to swap over - all the isp's I use are promoting it hard....
    Seriously - i got fed up and re-installed win98se... and BOY did i regret that for the past few days!
    Nothing on the web or email worked properly. Couldn't get into m,y isp email servers despite correct passwords etc. Message was (cannot find the server...")
    The web was like sucking treacle through a straw!
    To cut a long story short... I pulled every "web utility i'd installed over the past few months - uninstalled it completely- reg keys - the lot
    When "Zone Alert" was pulled... a miracle!
    Web and email up & running sweetly. I assume that somehow it had been corrupted (or something!) during the win98 re-install
    BUT also the slowdown that I had in the original post now seems to have disapeared
    As with all things PC - it's difficult to say that the problem's really gone.... maybe the re-install cured it..... maybe the "firewall" software was to blame for a gradually creeping slowdown (back to conspiracy!!) ..... and then again????
    But for now I'm happy to have my connections back with no slowdowns (easy pleased eh!) :-)

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Two things might have happened. What version of ZoneAlarm were you using?

    I suspect when you reinstalled Win98 something shut down ZoneAlarm. ZA does not like being forced to shut down -- it assumes some evil force did it and then slams the door shut on your Internet connection. That sounds like what happened to you.

    Also, some of the newer versions of ZA use something called "Component Control". This is designed to verify that the application extensions reaching the Internet are unmodified. This is a CPU and resource intensive task that may have overwhelmed your Win98 box. Many users disable Component Control for this reason...

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Another chapter in the "Consipacy"

    After Bitc....discussing this with my ISP tech Support. He said that the ISP had made some changes to their system and had infact "screwed up their bandwith settings" that was slowing down many users. They fixed it and I am now back to where I was.

    I knew it was a conspiracy all along, just couldn't identify the culprit
    Win 8, Firefox 16.0.2, Thunderbird 15.0.2

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    Re: Internet activity stops (IE5 & 6)

    Well well...
    Consp... the marketing strategies appear to be alive, kicking and spreading!!
    I did the same with my ISP but with a less than favourable response. My service ground to a complete standstill to the point that I couldn't even download emails.... I just got various error messages.... but their response was that there must be a problem in my PC and broadband was a much better option anyway / wouldn't i like to change!!!
    I signed up with another ISP and found that my connection with them was running sweet and fast!
    So I've turned down the generous broadband offer, junked them and signed up with the other one for 24/7. Lord knows how many less experienced users have been "persuaded" the problem was theirs!
    Now I'll wait to see how long it takes for the new one to slow down..........!
    Mike

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