Internet Explorer is not opening any websites but other browsers work

I had a problem on Windows 8 where Internet Explorer could not open any websites anymore.. Chrome and Firefox could access and open websites though.

After a long hard search and consulting with friends a solution was found. Follow the below steps to get Internet Explorer working again.

  1. Click on start and in the search bar type cmd. (if using Metro then start typing cmd from your search in the metro screen)
  2. Hit the enter key.
  3. In the command prompt type netsh winsock reset and press enter.
  4. Now type netsh advfirewall reset and press enter.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Now go to the upper right hand corner and click on the magnifying glass. Type firewall and click on settings below that. Otherwise open the Control Panel and open the Firewall.
  7. On the left click on allow an application or feature through the Windows Firewall (something like that).
  8. Check to see if Internet Explorer is allowed and if not add it.

This solved the problem for me.

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