Firstly, I do have the following line in my hosts file
Now I run an Apache server to test my own php web-pages. But just recently when entering the following in the browser addr bar
The page does not load but I am taken to an Ask Search Engine page
If I enter the same line, or from the history drop-down, a second time it normally loads the right page.
If I enter http://127.0.0.1/**nameofpage**.php, the page loads first time
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Entering a wrong domain name gives an intercept by my ISP with a Yahoo search page. That always happened before these problems started.
AFAIK Norton Safe Search - part of the installed Norton Utilities - uses Ask. I have already disabled all the other search providers that were included with IE11.
I just tried it with Firefox and Chrome and they are load the .php page without issue.
So IE seems to be the issue or is it Norton ?
Disabled the Norton Tool Bar so no Safe Search. Restarted IE. Same issue.
So it does seem to be IE and only IE. Will take a close look at the plug-ins.
By the way, nobody I know of who works in IT uses Norton, McAfee or anything similar, so I am really surprised that you as presumably a web developer have Norton installed. It's not harmful, but honestly you can get free programs for everything they do. Things like Norton are really for old people and technophobes to give them a false sense of security that they are fully protected from 100% of the evils on the internet.
I appreciate that there is a lot of anti-Norton feeling out there. And I am not picking on you personally.
I am no great shakes in IT and do not consider myself a 'web developer'. My sites are very small and quite specialised in their content.
I do not, as I stated above, believe the issue is connected with Norton. I only mentioned this since the redirect went to Ask.
It goes like this. Enter the addr in the addr bar as anyone would. That addr gets copied somehow to the search box and so it is a search that is done and not a page load. I did see an option somewhere that went like this "Do search from addr bar". I thought I had also removed that.
But it only happens the first time. The second attempt works as does a 127.0.0.1.
AFAIK IE11 is the latest version of the browser for Win7-64. Methinks it has been somehow spooked. If there is no other solution then I will uninstall it and reinstall.
Well it's working now.
I checked installed programs and found a 'Movies Toolbar by Bandalo'. Goodness knows where that came from unless it was part of the DIVX player install. It also showed up as an IE toolbar but un-activated.
I un-installed that.
There was also some obscure 'search provider for IE' who's name I have already forgotten. Uninstalled that as well.
When I restarted IE it said that an unknown program was attempting to change my default search engine to Conduit. I cancelled that request.
Anyway http://localhost/...... now works first time in IE. No redirects to Ask.
I haven't heard of Divx Player containing that, but they're the evil people who started the Open Candy crap so I'm also not willing to completely write that idea off either.
If it was the Divx then I have my suspicions since I know the site that suggested the update.
I have also removed the Divx updater from my installed programs list.
I just did a quick read-up on Bandoo (not Bandalo although Banditloo may be more appropriate). It seems that this and Ask are joined at the hip. So my educated guess that this was the 'villain'
i have absolutely no experience on windows7. but still i wud ask...
1) have you re-checked detailed config file for apache?
2) have tried rolling back IE11 (updated) to IE10 (default)?
The 'villain' clearly is Bandoo which gained access to my PC probably in the guise of an update to the Divx Player. The 'villain' is now excommunicated and all is well.
I have suggested "2) have tried rolling back IE11 (updated) to IE10 (default)?" b'coz many of my friends who got automatic updated IE11 from IE10 are complaining about many things that IE11 is not really a smooth experience.
Just out of curiosity, rather that going through whole story.
How did you get Bandoo's Gandoo installed on your computer (may be without your notice)???
Like I said, and thinking of when these issues started, it was when a video site suggested I should upgrade Divx Player.
I can not think of any other scenario.
I did not think that IE10 was the default for Win7. I am sure that when I installed this fresh from disk (with sp1) it was IE8 but I could well be wrong there.
Other than this, I have not had any noticeable problems with IE11 (other than updates which I mention in another thread) but I will keep your suggestion in mind.