I've just had to reinstall Win (XP Media edition, SP3). It's on a new 1TB HD on a 185 GB partition. Not much has been installed so far, just the [kinda, sorta] bare essentials. However, a problem has reared its ugly head: the inability to access sites from shortened links. For instance, if I click http://tinyurl.com/d7d3av
, Firefox errors with, "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading. The network link was interrupted while negotiating a connection. Please try again." (Note, IE v7.0.5730.13 chokes also, but with different error, and I've been having other problems with it, as well, so cannot say at this time whether it is affected by this problem. It seems to be, but cannot be certain.)
Did a couple of quick searches, but nothing found was applicable.
This has happened often enough in the last few days to be seen as some software helping
, or protecting
me. Question is, which one(s)?
Zone Alarm Pro is installed, as is Avira AntiVir (free), both of which recently updated. Also have several Firefox extensions which recently updated, but don't have any idea which ones - perhaps a dozen or so over the last few days. These seem the most likely culprits to me, but I don't have a really good way to test which one is saving me from myself. Or, to discover what other
piece of software might be so solicitous of my online health.
Part of the problem is that not every shortened URL is affected. So even the basic method of shutting one of the suspects down to see if there is a change is problematic ... futile, as well, if I'm wrong about the program(s) causing the problem.
Anyone have an idea or three of where/how to start? I'd really hate for this to take a month or two to resolve.
'Preciate any thoughts on this.