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hijacker83

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad E480. I cannot access the websites through browsers. Here are some screenshots:

Edge:



Edge Safe mode:


Firefox:


Chrome:




Microsoft Office (pinned to start not actually installed):


I have seen Microsoft Assist app with similar source codes to Microsoft Office above but could not take a screenshot.

I have reinstalled Windows 11 as well as Windows 10 from scratch (custom install).

I have done all the updates including driver updates.

I have updated the BIOS.

I have tried different WIFI's and different ISPs.

I have run tron script for any malware/virus but the results were clean.

I have this problem since Friday last week. Today is the 5th day and I desperately need to start using my laptop.

I tried everything. Microsoft was connected via assist app as well but no resolution so far and I do not have a slightest clue about what can be causing this.

I look forward to hearing your recommendations.

Thank you.
 
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Some of the data posted [HTML Language] can be seen in Edge by right-clicking anywhere in a page, except an image, and choose one of the 2 bottom items on popup, View page source or Inspect.

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But some of the other issues would suggest a complete drive wipe and clean install of Windows due to corruption.
 

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Some of the data posted can be seen by right-click in a page and choose one of the 2 bottom items on popup, View page source or Inspect.

View attachment 38497

But some of the other issues would suggest a complete drive wipe and clean install of Windows due to corruption.

Hi Berton, Thanks for the reply. I cannot Inspect the page. Developer tools not opening for me and I have mentioned that I have already installed windows 10 and windows 11 from scratch using bootable media. I have done about 6 Windows installation so far. Both Windows 10 & 11 home and pro versions.
 

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Since the problems continue to exist it must be assumed to be a hardware issue, maybe the drive or partition Windows is being installed on, maybe memory modules issue. Check the BIOS for some diagnostics, depending upon the make and model of the computer or motherboard may be some things to be run before Windows loads. As a diagnostic I carry a Linux LiveUSB Thumb drive and a Linux LiveDVD in my toolkit, helps to either rule out hardware issues if things work good. Another diagnostic that may help is Hiren's Ultimate Boot CD.
 

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Since the problems continue to exist it must be assumed to be a hardware issue, maybe the drive or partition Windows is being installed on, maybe memory modules issue. Check the BIOS for some diagnostics, depending upon the make and model of the computer or motherboard may be some things to be run before Windows loads. As a diagnostic I carry a Linux LiveUSB Thumb drive and a Linux LiveDVD in my toolkit, helps to either rule out hardware issues if things work good. Another diagnostic that may help is Hiren's Ultimate Boot CD.
Thank you Berton for recomendations. I will try to do diagnostics with above mentioned tools.
 

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Since the problems continue to exist it must be assumed to be a hardware issue, maybe the drive or partition Windows is being installed on, maybe memory modules issue. Check the BIOS for some diagnostics, depending upon the make and model of the computer or motherboard may be some things to be run before Windows loads. As a diagnostic I carry a Linux LiveUSB Thumb drive and a Linux LiveDVD in my toolkit, helps to either rule out hardware issues if things work good. Another diagnostic that may help is Hiren's Ultimate Boot CD.

So, I would like to give some updates. I run lenovo diagnostics. It scanned for memory, drive, motherboard and cpu. It passed all the test.

The only time the Edge browser worked for me properly was when I installed Windows 10 version 2004 on Sunday 4th September 2022.
After I updated the Windows, browsers stopped working. So I assume, if it was a hardware issue, when I installed Windows 10 version 2004 it would not work either. The edge browser that worked was one of those old versions and unfortunately I did not try to installed other browsers before I updated the Windows. Websites did not load once Windows and Edge got updated. Do you guys have any other suggestions?
 

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So, I would like to give some updates. I run lenovo diagnostics. It scanned for memory, drive, motherboard and cpu. It passed all the test.

The only time the Edge browser worked for me properly was when I installed Windows 10 version 2004 on Sunday 4th September 2022.
After I updated the Windows, browsers stopped working. So I assume, if it was a hardware issue, when I installed Windows 10 version 2004 it would not work either. The edge browser that worked was one of those old versions and unfortunately I did not try to installed other browsers before I updated the Windows. Websites did not load once Windows and Edge got updated. Do you guys have any other suggestions?
Download another browser such as Chrome or Firefox? Even if it's just to eliminate the cause. This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen
 

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I does look like an issue with the HTML interpreter, in the browser. I have seen this occasionally over the years, mostly when the access speed to the host site for the page is very slow - as suggested above try another browser to eliminate this - Google Chrome uses the same base interpreter so is probably the best choice although Firefox can often be more robust
 

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Thank you all for all the answers. I currently have Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Tor Browsers installed. Non of them sucessfully loading the web content. My current speed is 50.1 Mbps download and 18.6Mbps upload.

It is indeed the weirdest think I have ever seen. After 4 different clean Windows installation, I was convinced that it was a hardware issue but I run diagnostics for about 2 hours and all the tests passed.

I am just running out of options. I do appreciate any suggestion that might crack this.
 

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This looks like a TLS/SSL configuration problem from the error message which Firefox has shown. Have you tried loading a HTML document from your disk?
 

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This looks like a TLS/SSL configuration problem from the error message which Firefox has shown. Have you tried loading a HTML document from your disk?
When I run HTML document from internal drive it displays okay. How can I change TLS/SSL configuration in browser?
 

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Since the issue appears across multiple browsers then I would check the following key within your registry:

Rich (BB code):
reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols

Please post the output in your next post. I assume you're not running any third-party firewalls and/or security programs?

I should image what is happening as well is that in the response body of the HTTP request, the Content-Type has been set to text/plain rather than text/html. Do the Developer Tools not open for any of the browsers?
 

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This is a test page for HTML5 which can be useful when troubleshooting - download page and open in the browser, first page is an index to the various HTML functions clicking on the index item will try to action the related HTML Code

 

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Since the issue appears across multiple browsers then I would check the following key within your registry:

Rich (BB code):
reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols

Please post the output in your next post. I assume you're not running any third-party firewalls and/or security programs?

I should image what is happening as well is that in the response body of the HTTP request, the Content-Type has been set to text/plain rather than text/html. Do the Developer Tools not open for any of the browsers?

Hi, It just has a string with Default value in it. I do not have any firewall or security program as it is newly installed Windows.
 

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This is a test page for HTML5 which can be useful when troubleshooting - download page and open in the browser, first page is an index to the various HTML functions clicking on the index item will try to action the related HTML Code


@barman58, The test page histo.io just displays okay. I downloaded and opened it locally it also displayed it correctly from the internal drive.
 
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Hi, It just has a string with Default value in it. I do not have any firewall or security program as it is newly installed Windows.
Is Windows Defender/Microsoft Security not running? Might have to check for Definitions update.
 

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After 6 days I was able to make firefox work.

I typed
about:config
in address bar and then searched for the following
network.http.accept-encoding.secure
then changed the value from
gzip, deflate, br
to
gzip, deflate

Now Firefox loading all the websites correctly. I need to do this for Chrome and Edge. I tried but I could not find where I can change the encoding settings for other browsers. Any recommendation is highly appreciated.

@Berton Windows Defender runs okay and it is up to date.
 
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Hi, It just has a string with Default value in it.
Okay that's fine then, I've dealt with a similar HTTP content encoding error before and that was due to the user forcing old versions of TLS/SSL to be run.

Chromium browsers should support Brotli compression with no problems? What happens when you attempt to open Developer tools in a Chromium browser like Edge and/or Google Chrome?
 

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I tried but I could not find where I can change the encoding settings for other browsers. Any recommendation is highly appreciated.
All the available configuration pages should be available from here: chrome://chrome-urls/.

I'm not exactly sure what page it will be under or wherever that setting is even exposed?
 

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