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    Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    I can't access the paypal website from my favorites or from any other link on the internet. I always get the error screen. If I edit the URL and eliminate the "www." portion of the address then I can go to the web page. This is the only site I have this kind of trouble with. I can access all other secure sites no problem. Is there a setting I need to change? Is this something to do with security? I used to be able to access this site so I assume a setting changed or one of the software updates "fixed the program" to block this site. Any help will be appreciated. Gary

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    If it is the one and only website you have problem with, the chances are great its address was changed. Try to type in your browser address box its address as

    http://www.paypal.website.com (or whatever) and
    http://paypal.website.com

    Which one is right? If the second one, edit the shortcut in your Favorites folder.

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    If I click on any link, like one on the paypal site itself, I get an error. If I edit out the "www." portion of the address and enter again, I can access the page. The problem seems to be related to the "www." part of the address and my browser. I am not altering the address in any way when I click on a link.

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    Sounds like it may be a DNS problem... Do you know how to 'ping' both of those sites?

    Open a command window, type in "ping www.paypal.com" (no quotes) and hit Enter.
    Repeat the process with "ping paypal.com" (no quotes). Write down or otherwise obtain the numerical IP address associated with each of these.

    For example, I get:

    Pinging www.paypal.com [65.206.229.16]
    Pinging paypal.com [65.206.229.16]

    Which means the site names are numerically equivalent. Do you get the same data? Also, do you have any "Web Accelerator" or "Security" software installed?

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    For example, I get:
    Pinging www.paypal.com [65.206.229.16]
    Pinging paypal.com [65.206.229.16]
    Which means the site names are numerically equivalent. Do you get the same data? Also, do you have any "Web Accelerator" or "Security" software installed?

    I also get [65.206.229.16] for paypal.com
    however,
    I get [127.0.0.1] for www.paypal.com

    I have no web accelerator or firewall. Just the usual virus software. As I mentioned, I used to be able to access this site.
    I have never seen this problem before.

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    > I get [127.0.0.1] for www.paypal.com

    127.0.0.1 is the same as localhost (your own computer). Not sure how this got set, but you could check for a hosts file. Location could be c:windows or c:winnt (search here for more possible locations or search your computer for hosts - no file extension).

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    That is your answer.

    You appear to have a Hosts file that lists www.paypal.com and refers it to the "loop back" address.

    Did you install a Hosts file to filter ads? Look for a file called "Hosts" (no extension). Rename it "Hosts.bak" and see if the problem goes away.
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    The location of a Hosts file in Win2K-XP is c:winntsystem32driversetc.

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    Re: Website blocked (IE 5.5 SP2)

    Mystery solved!!
    Thanks to both of you. Forgot all about the hosts file.

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