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    403 Forbidden error (IE6sp1)

    I have started getting "403 Forbidden" messages from all websites (well, google, altavista, and my office website). They can't all be down, so I suspect my installation of IE. The error text says something like "Access forbidden by access control list" (although it only has "403" in the title bar).

    I am running Windows XP, and have started installing some critical updates. I only have a 56K modem, so I have been trying to install a few patches at a time, in the hope that I can get the XP SP1 download down to something reasonable. One of these updates is IE6SP1 (I think). No of course I can't remember exactly which patches I installed. That would make things much too simple.

    Anybody any clues as to how I track this down?

    P.S. I have just enabled Internet Connection Sharing, but we were able to view the web after that change.

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    Re: 403 Forbidden error (IE6sp1)

    I would suggest it doesn't mean it's down - that would be a 404, no?
    And the very fact you are getting a 403 means the site is responding -It just doesn't like you very much! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Just a thought - check your security options under Tools > Internet Options. Are you trying to log on anonymously? - some sites object to that.

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    Re: 403 Forbidden error (IE6sp1)

    If it had been just one site, I would have assumed the site didn't like me. That three different sites ALL didn't like me seemed implausible. The first question when something strange starts happening is "what has changed recently". The answer was "installing the patches", so I concluded that the they had caused the problem.

    ... but the problem has now gone away of its own accord. I suspect my ISP fouled up (it is Freeserve).

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