Fix "Internet explorer cannot display web-page" trouble in 4 easy steps

by Rohit Khurana on March 4, 2008

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Trouble:

We have received many problems in which some sites are not reachable on bsnl dataone or mtnl broadband connection. I myself faced such problem on my own connection. It may has happened with you sometime, when you are not able to access some of the web sites on the other hand all other webs sites are opening properly.

Most common reason for this is wrong dns server entries in your LAN connection properties, or sometimes the DNS server entries might be correct but due to certain errors, the DNS servers used by your connection are not able to locate the web-pages that are not visible to you.

Let’s see how can we fix this issue.

Fix:

In order to solve the problem you need to try alternative DNS servers like OpenDNS , AT&T dns servers or Spectranet dns servers etc.

These are some dns servers sets which you can try (for every set follows the order: primary dns,secondary dns).

  • Open DNS servers: 208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220
  • AT&T DNS servers: 4.2.2.1, 4.2.2.2
  • Spectranet DNS servers: 203.122.63.152, 203.122.63.154

How to change dns servers in network connections?

1. Open Start >> Control Panel >> Network Connections.

2. Find your internet connection in “LAN or High-Speed Internet

3. Right click on connection and select properties.(see the image below to see what happens next).

network-connection

4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (tcp/ipv4) and press Properties button. On this screen change the DNS servers by using any one of the dns server settings specified above (as shown in the image below).

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alternate-dns

Try all the dns server settings one by one at least one of them will work for you.

If you still you are not able access those sites then check if those sites may be blocked by some firewall program or Internet security program installed on your system.

 

Updated on 30 Nov 2008:

For windows vista users, who might be finding some difficulty in locating the TCP IP properties as described in step 1 , 2 and 3, here is the way.

1. Goto Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Manage Network Connections as shown below:

manage-network-connections-in-vista

2. This will open a network connection window as shown below, now just right click on the network connection that you use and click properties, rest of the procedure is same as for Windows XP as shown in steps above

network-connection-properties

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

T N Subramanian March 31, 2008 at 8:46 am

superb solution. at the first attempt (with open servers) got thru to all sites previously not opening.

sampat April 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

good solution

Joel April 14, 2008 at 7:08 pm

I have faced this issue when opening Orkut….All other sites open properly except this….

Barry July 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

BRILLIANT!!!! worked like a charm, THANKS!!!!! you saved my day!

Andy July 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Brilliant!! Thank you, thank you, after two days of chasing rainbows and a load of suggestions which did not work…YOU solved the problem.
So easy, but you do need to know…..
thanks again

i could not access my gmail home page October 27, 2008 at 8:10 am

i could not access my gmail home page. it shows that the page cannot be display. what should i do.

Marie November 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Thank God for you. Used the Open DNS option and it worked.

I’ve spent bloomin ages going through solutions and bits of my comp I’d rather not go, but nothing worked.

You are a star!!!!!

ahmed November 6, 2008 at 4:23 am

help me i have i problem in display of internet pages it is not normal like the begining

olivier November 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

hi, i have the same “Internet explorer cannot display web-page” problem; but how do i fix it in vista? don’t seem to be able to find the NOTEBOOK LAN PROPERTIES.

please advise.

thank you.

olivier

Rohit November 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm

@olivier

I have updated the post to include the steps for windows Vista

I hope it will help, in case of any more queries, please leave a comment.

dharmendar December 22, 2008 at 9:13 am

coool!!! this worked

Maha January 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

i could not access youtube.com home page

Myrtho April 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm

On windows vista

1. Go to control panel, open ‘Programs and Features’
2. Click to show installed updates (right pane)
3. Local the windows update kb963027 and uninstall it
4. Reboot

After you reboot, ie should work normally.

EternuS May 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Dude.!!!
Thanks.!!! I was looking for something like that, because, I use the VMWARE solution over a RHEL 5 and the DNS registers, sometimes don’t work in the clients…
Now I use your solution in the clients, and work live heaven.!!
Thanks .!

Kinah May 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Hi. I have the same problem, but the “internet explorer cannot open the webpage” shows up on, not some, but all of the websites. What do I have to do? Thank you in advance, I hope!

Chris July 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I found the DNS server input section on Vista, but when I enter the DNS server options, I keep getting feedback that the DNS server is invalid. I can almost predict when I get page cannot be displayed, and it doesn’t matter what website it is. Images also fluctuate with laoding problems. Still lost.

kashif August 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

Many Thanks for this great solution..!

muthalib September 21, 2009 at 4:40 am

whenever i open internet explorer, after few minutes it’s showing not respondig, so. how can i solve this problem from internet explore

sam November 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm

How to open blocking perticular website in internet explorer

Junjie November 29, 2009 at 3:08 am

You are my hero and i am forever in your debt.

yay December 7, 2009 at 3:37 am

thnx its helps me :D

Poornima December 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm

HI…

Thank you so much… this information was very useful for me as I was trying very hard to find out why our own company website is not opening…i tried this and it worked. Thanks once again. :D

Puja December 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I was SOOOOOO happy because it worked. I could not access my company webmail for hour’s, and this process fixed the problem right away.

David January 1, 2010 at 6:21 am

im on the Network Connection and i dont have Internet Protocol Version 4 (tcp/ipv4) all i have is Internet Protocol (tcp/ip), so i tried the
*Open DNS servers208.67.222.222,208.67.220.220
*AT&T DNS servers: 4.2.2.1, 4.2.2.2
*Spectranet DNS servers: 203.122.63.152, 203.122.63.154
but it didnt work on my other computer still says Internet Explorer Cannot Display Webpage, and i have a window xp. help me somebody

veeteeny January 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

I just ran a completecan using malware software and came up with nothing. The problem with google searches and google URLs remains.

nambivalavan February 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

thank you very much. your solution works perfectly for me.

thanks a lot once again.

icek February 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

HI please help with a solution My laptop is on the company network I can access any website but not the url to connect to my RAS server error can not open webpage.But when I use a another pc I can connect to my RAS server.

thanks icek

antifmradio February 25, 2010 at 6:01 am

none of the fixes above worked for me
i need to keep using Firefox

but im building a website and need to check it in both browsers
IE keeps giving me the error

Donald Anderson April 4, 2010 at 5:49 am

I get the message “Internet Explorer cannot display web page” all the time. I’ve tried three solutions from the Internet by using my wife’s (other) computer and printing out the instructions then using them on the disabled computer. I can’t get rid of the diagnostic (IE cannot display….) without shutting down the computer. I’ve even tried re-installing Internet Explorer 8 from a flash drive on Windows Vista using a laptop. This is really frustrating. I need a simple, fast solution, not another software program. Though the steps you outline are simple, I can’t locate most of the commands you say to follow.

vishal April 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

awesome!!! it worked

Richard Pitts May 25, 2010 at 4:41 am

Open DNS saved my life. Brilliant :)

chandru June 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

thank you very much for my solution

nayu June 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

hi
I have Windows Vista and I am getting the same problem. I disabled my Mcfee, disabled auto update, also followe the steps :
On windows vista

1. Go to control panel, open ‘Programs and Features’
2. Click to show installed updates (right pane)
3. Local the windows update kb963027 and uninstall it
4. Reboot

I could not find kb963027, but removed any windows update. still no solution!!!!
plz help!!!

chew2u June 29, 2010 at 7:24 am

I found this forum when I met the same problem. In the end I solved the problem by “Reset Internet Explorer settings”.
In Internet Explorer click Tools>Internet Options>Advanced and click Reset for Reset Internet Explorer settings.
It finally works for me!!!
Let me know if it works for you too.

ravi July 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

gr8 this does wonder,i was upset as you tube was not opening in my browser but thanks to you now i am bale to access it.

Derek Johanssen July 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Works for me…at least now :)..hoping this is forever!!! Thanks a million!

P. Meenatchi Sundaram August 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Thanks a lot – I was facing this problem for a month.

Within a minute – I could solve it.

Once again I thank you for your help.

P. Meenatchi Sundaram August 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

@ David:

I too have Internet Protocol so I tried – 208.67.222.222 ,and as an alternative 208.67.220.220.

It worked for me. If you still have the same problem it could be because of another problem. Please visit the below link.
http://www.troublefixers.com/chost-trojan-websites-not-opening/

carl August 16, 2010 at 4:47 am

I use the registry fix and found it was just a scam to get me to pay full price for the product. Mean while when I deleted the product I can no longer open a web page. Why did they do this to me?

niall October 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm

brilliant clearing the dns worked. been without my favourite site for 2 days.

ozzozz October 30, 2010 at 1:50 am

ive been trying for months now nothing works i am using vista on a 32-bit acer i tried downloading internet explorer 8 and it sais i have a more recent version and i recieved this many times before internet explorer 9 beta came out

nasimul October 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm

gmail are not open,

vikalp gupta November 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm

brilliant soln man i’m a too great fan of u from now on keep doing this gud work for us

oli-uk November 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

My advice for what its worth is that if you have a working (even working badly) version of IE whether IE8 or 9 or whatever
Don’t touch it
Leave it alone so that it can do updates

If you try to upgrade it, downgrade it or even use it for browsing it will probably break and then you can’t do any updates.

Use a different browser for everyday use and leave IE to do updates only
There are lots of browsers to choose from

If you are really keen on using IE then at least download another browser so that when IE stops working you can get some online help.

Alysyn November 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

Ok, no none of this is helping for me. Everything that you are telling me seems like the total opposite of whats on my computer. I do have a control panel,BUT, Just so happens i don’t have Network and Sharing Center all that is similar to that is Network and Internet Connections. pleases help me i am so lost and i have a VERY important document on my Gmail that i cant get on any other email, which i can not accuses my YouTube, or Gmail at this time. i would love to get some help you are my last hope!

rahul December 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Very nice information… this helped me… thanx a lot..

anita December 31, 2010 at 12:35 am

thank you! i have spent days trying to sort this with no joy, your solution worked perfectly!

Irvin January 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

When the user connect to the network via a normal cable, it works fine, he can actually view all the sites and read emails, but when we connect MTN 3G, he cant view any sites, and he’s on Windows 7. what could be the cause?

Samra February 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

OH MY GOD ! in the first go, it worked ! tHANK U SO MUCH (*.*) bLESS U !

raymond April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

thank you so much,i wasted hours reading those damm help and support faq which are useless.
and also online help from microsoft which are also useless.thanks again.

bobby thomas April 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

My wife can log onto the internet but my user id will not; it only goes to a few different sites; sights like google and yahoo will not come up; it says unable to display web page; i have tried just about everything..any ideas?

Rohit April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm
vikas April 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

THANX YAAR…………it really works

Royal Blue May 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

WOWWWWWWWWW….it work
THANKS…..GOD BLESS U.

Parveen yadav June 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

WOW!!!!!!!!!! really worked…..Thanks buddy…
U r genius man…
now i am able to open all websites on my lappi
for windows 7
start -> control panel -> view by : large/small icons -> Network and sharing centre -> change adapter settings -> select the network you are using -> right click that ->properties -> networking tab -> Internet Protocol Version 4-> properties-> use the following DNS server address -> Primary & alternate address (select any one mentioned above)->OK
now you will be surely able to open the websites if it is DNS problem…other wise try HOST file problem

Samraj June 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi myself too facing the same problem plz help me. i cant able to open msn page and some pages like this. i changed DNS too. After changing DNS some pages opened but others dint. any one help plz… i am using bsnl broadband net connection.

Mark July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I was about ready to give up. Tried Microsoft support staff, Comcast tech support, and many, many google internet blogs. I finally located this page. I’m running internet XP Pro, and IE8 and had only one (.gov) website that wouldn’t open. My internet provider said it’s my computer, and they can’t trouble shoot it. Microsoft said…you have the OEM version of Windows that came with your computer, and your going to have to contact the manufacture. And, then you better contact someone at that government website. You steps worked perfect but your going to first have to go toStart> Run, and type “cmd” omit quotes, and then type “ipconfig” at the end of DOS command prompt. This will pull up the necessary DNS addresses for the top three local connection lines (IP Address, Subnet Mask Address, and Default Gateway Address). Write down the addresses. You will need to fill in the three blank lines first; before placing your Alternet DNS Preferred & Alternet IP Address in the bottom two spaces. Each alternet DNS has two IP address (Pref. & Altn) seperated by commas. Thanks!

Lana July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Thanks so much for your help. I had tried everything before finding this website. It worked perfectly.

Justin July 17, 2011 at 1:43 am

I can’t think you enough for your easy steps to fix the problem. Lifesaver!!

dinesh July 30, 2011 at 8:14 am

The site information made me to open a site as it was previously given some errors for this….
Now this is fine…
Good n informative…..

Omair August 1, 2011 at 5:46 am

thanks man ……thank u so much ,,,tried everything else…….Live Long…….

Olivier September 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

It works great. But it’s not a fix, it’s a workaround. I still don’t know how to fix my initial DNS problem, and changing the DNS server has consequences when you work on a domain.

Nathano September 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

For those who aren’t having any luck with the resolution will have to narrow it down to whether it is in fact a DNS problem.

To make it easier for those non-savy information communication technology people browsing I’ll try to keep the abbreviations to a minimum; a DNS, in a sense, “converts” the hostname (google.com yahoo.com) into the IP address needed to gain access to the site. YAY! No seriously.. imagine typing the IP address everytime we want to browse a website. Not only would it be harder to remember but knowing which site it goes to would be quite troublesome. Well that’s pretty much the gist of it anyway, we won’t get into specifics.

Ok so all those still have problems, open up command prompt and type “Nslookup google.com” and paste back the results.

Yes i realize this thread is quiet old, but the problem is still there!

Though turning on DHCP should generally work. As Rohit mentioned.

simon peter October 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

my facebook page can’t display in full,what could be the problem

kj October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Worked like a charm,I can’t thank you enough for your easy steps to fix the problem. Lifesaver!!
208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220..1st server did it!!

Kirsten October 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Nathano- Not sure how to copy and paste from “run” but nslookup for google.com 74.125.157.147 , 74.125.157.104 and gmail.com 74.125.157.83, 74.125.157.19, 74.125.157.18

Gmail, google calendar, and any “google” pages except for the google search engine itself will not open on my computer when I’m at home (or my husband’s laptop). All other pages open without a problem. If I take the computer to work, all google pages load without a problem. I’ve tried changing the DNS to universal addresses. I’m not very techy, so I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.

Stephanie November 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I’m having the same issue as David and, I think, Kirsten.

The things I can’t do on my laptop: successfully pull up the Yahoo Mail and Gmail pages. I discovered this problem a couple of weeks ago when I was incapable of signing into Yahoo Messenger. The troubleshooter pointed out my connection as a possible problem. I had been signed into Youtube for weeks and opened my browser yesterday to find I was no longer signed in and incapable of signing in (because Youtube sign-ins go through Google and I can’t sign into Google).

I thought maybe I had a virus or malware on my computer but I was unsuccessful in downloading malwarebytes and an anti-spyware program onto my computer to detect and remove if they *are* present. The failure to download makes me think I have a virus/infection blocking me from downloading and also interfering with my ability to connect to Yahoo Mail/Messenger and Gmail/Youtube.

I don’t understand this stuff and I keep hitting dead ends when I try remedies I’ve found online. I also lost a history of sites I wasn’t finished with when I tried resetting my browser (it had the option to delete the history in the reset and I elected NOT to delete the history, but the history was deleted anyway). I know the history of sites is gone for good.

I’m using a wireless connection but I’m not using a USB 2.0 controller. I know that messes with connectivity, but I’ve been using the wireless since September 11th, 2011 and haven’t had this Yahoo/Google issue until a couple of weeks ago.

ghjg January 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

did not work

Travis January 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thanks man it works

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