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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 7:30 am:   

Hi. I have an HP Windows XP machine. My internet connection (dial-up) is very sluggish even though I am connected at 44K. Most links don't work and they throw up error messages about javascript. Some links that I click on will cause the page to freeze for about 10 seconds (with the hand pointer) and then it goes back to normal, but the page never opens.

The computer is completely updated with Windows Update and I have the security settings as low as they will go. I uninstalled Freedom Firewall and McAfee VirusShield, but it still didn't help.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 9:54 am:   

Click on Start>Run>type in ipconfig flushDNS press enter or ok this will empty out the DNS cache and should help pages load a bit faster. Since you are on dialup a firewall isn't really needed as most of the bad guys target broadband users anyway. You should still run antivirus software however and as bad as McAfee is for configureing it is still better than nothing at all.
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 9:58 am:   

Javascript errors are usually due to having an old java version or none at all in most cases and without it Java enabled web sights will not appear properly.
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   

The Freedom Firewall came installed on the machine as a trial version. It has since expired, so I uninstalled it. Same with McAfee, it's a trial version that expired. I am currently looking into other AV programs. How can I update my java version? I have downloaded and installed every available update from Windows...what else should I try?
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 11:33 pm:   

Some java scripts aren't supported by Microsoft natively anymore as a result of a Sun Micro and Microsoft lawsuit. You will have to search the net for java plugins. I have an icon in control panel for java plugins that let me set it up to suit my needs. Go to for links.

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