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4 minutes ago, Jai Dee said:

I think you're right... I don't get that message.

 

Did you check your extensions?

Yep, checked and rechecked (several times!) will get on to RichCors suggestion next.........but all info/suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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Actually I get an advertisement there if ad blocking disabled - if enabled do not get anything (including the word advertisement).  Using Thai IP address for access.  So it does appear you can not access that IP - perhaps your provider?  I am using True.

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Worth a try...10Bit Advanced System Care ULTIMATE free trial...It has loads of tools too..

 

 

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18 hours ago, xylophone said:

data.apa.co.nz's server IP address could not be found

This looks very much like the IP server does not have that address on record rather than any blocking.  This can happen during updates and may correct itself in an hour or two.  Alternative is to access another address server in your internet settings.

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39 minutes ago, transam said:

Worth a try...10Bit Advanced System Care ULTIMATE free trial...It has loads of tools too..

 

 

Thanks Trans............have just run this and it didn't find the culprit BUT did clear out a lot of junk!

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2 minutes ago, xylophone said:

Thanks Trans............have just run this and it didn't find the culprit BUT did clear out a lot of junk!

Good, now try 10Bit free uninstaller...Again worth a try, see if it shows something you don't want or need...:stoner:

PS...ADW on line cleaner is good too but may take out 10Bit ASC....But no plobs...

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10 hours ago, RichCor said:

Seems your looking in all the right places. Installed apps, browser extensions/add-ins... as that's where these things usually live.

 

I'd suggest right-clicking your taskbar and opening TaskManager and take a look in the PROCESSES, STARTUP, DETAILS and SERVICES tabs and see if anything jogs your memory -- then to a google search and see if you can find an installer/uninstaller for it.

Thanks again RC............ have done all that you suggested and couldn't find anything untoward, but having said that there was a lot to go through and I could well have missed something so I may just do that again!

All other suggestions welcome!

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28 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

This looks very much like the IP server does not have that address on record rather than any blocking.  This can happen during updates and may correct itself in an hour or two.  Alternative is to access another address server in your internet settings.

Getting a little on the fringes of my understanding of this sort of stuff, however is it possible that IF there was some sort of blocker on my computer, that it was just set to recognise content from my homepage, for example, which would have the New Zealand address?

I say this because I have just been onto the Daily Express UK website and there is no blocking on that?

This has been ongoing for a few months now and it coincides with the intermittent/poor access to embedded videos from this source.

A neuron has just fired............. is it possible that I can access what is allowed on my homepage, somehow, somewhere? Because this would be an ideal place to put some sort of blocker wouldn't it??

Thanks again for your help and perseverance, along with the other posters, as it is much appreciated.

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Just remembered I am using PIA VPN service so probably not getting address from same servers you and Jai Dee were using.  At any rate what is there is just an advertisement that changes every so often

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4 hours ago, xylophone said:

A neuron has just fired............. is it possible that I can access what is allowed on my homepage, somehow, somewhere? Because this would be an ideal place to put some sort of blocker wouldn't it??

I have not had time to re-read all the posts since my last post but have you checked your cookies?

Do you have any blocked cookies against any of the sites 3rd parties you are having problems with.  

Are we all going too deep?

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18 minutes ago, scottiejohn said:

I have not had time to re-read all the posts since my last post but have you checked your cookies?

Do you have any blocked cookies against any of the sites 3rd parties you are having problems with.  

Are we all going too deep?

Too deep.........lost me ages ago!!! But I think I have it thanks to all the posts making an occasional neuron fire!

 

Digging around I came across my "Hosts" file and then checked on the net and found an article related to it.......

 

https://www.bestvpn.com/use-your-hosts-file-to-block-ads-and-malware/ 

 

The VPN isn't relevant here but the blocking of host files is and the fact that some "actions" and/programs by website experts allow rafts of IP addresses to be blocked in ones Host File folder (at least I think that's how it works).

 

Anyway I opened up a file and it seems to have the 0 0 0 0 prefix next to a huge amount of IP addresses, thereby blocking them, if I understand it correctly.

 

Having done that I'm not sure that I know how to fix this and then again it looks so complicated and scary, that I worry I could stuff something up badly!!!

 

Does this make any sense to anyone??

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As you look for things that might affect what a browser renders on the page, 

 

Network slowness can time-out 3rd-party elements (ads) from rendering (displaying).

Some routers can block certain sites or web addresses. More advanced routers can filter similar to Network Security Software (AntiVirus) but they do it in hardware on the router.

In a similar method, using specific DNS entries in your config setup can affect what gets delivered and rendered. I've had rogue DNS hacked on my consumer router and they acted as man-in-the-middle redirecting IP requests and addending JavaScripts for non-https sites. Not fun.

HOSTS file entries can usurp data requests by redirecting calls to certain addresses to other locations (or nowhere).Network Security Software (AntiVirus) might have options that blocks ads or rendered elements.

Corrupt or hacked driver files. Anything updated or replaced recently?

3rd-Party software running in the background (as an app or as a service) (ala Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit) can filter Internet traffic.

Hidden bots or nits (spyware) can prevent or replace elements as data is received for rendering ...usually blocking and delivering their own ads.

In-browser Add-ons or Extensions can feature other options that might prevent or even replace data elements before being rendered in the browser. You really need to list all the add-ons or extensions your browser is currently running before we can agree the issue isn't there.

 

Do you remember actually downloading and installing software to do something involved with this? 

Seems awfully strange that you can't find anything on your system.

 

 

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9 hours ago, RichCor said:

HOSTS file entries can usurp data requests by redirecting calls to certain addresses to other locations (or nowhere)

That's what it is RC as when I opened this file it had the 0000 prefix against IP addresses thereby directing them to nowhere!

 

I do remember visiting a link (program?) which did this some time ago BUT can't remember its name (duh!) and not even sure I'd recognise it if I did.......certainly not in the downloads file now for some reason.

 

So looks like you have solved the problem (along with help from others...thanks) as to what it is and now I've found out where it operates, BUT how to disable it is another matter! 

 

Then again........looking at the amount/number of addresses it blocks, perhaps it is better to leave it and put up with the occasional video not working??

 

I will ponder this and thank all for helping solve the problem AND increase my knowledge of things IT/computer related.

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