There are several reports from local online writers that state seeing this error or something similar. At the moment the general consensus seems to point to a Microsoft Hotfix or the free AVG antivirus. I’ve seen no reports of a Microsoft update causing users problems recently in popular forums that would cover such issues. However I have seen several threads in regards to the new AVG causing problems in regards to being able to browse the internet without problems. I think most of my readers know I’m not a big fan of free antivirus programs. Although over the years many people have sworn by them.
What I’m looking for is anyone who may have come across a similar situation. Hopefully you were able to find a resolution that may solve the problem for those seeing the “URL is not valid and cannot be loaded” error or something similar. My thought from what I’ve read is this might be something specific to a Microsoft update or maybe a DNS issue with a particular ISP ( Internet Service Provider ). However we would have to know that everyone reporting this recently installed a Microsoft update or are using the same ISP. This would of course be the same in regards to if AVG is the source of the problem. I don’t think everyone reporting this are AVG users. I’m also not sure each person reporting this are using the same OS ( Operating System ). But all of the reports do seem to very similar in nature.
This is a key reason I prefer to do updates manually. So that you will have an idea of were to start troubleshooting. However this doesn’t work for a lot peoples computing lifestyle.
Keep in mind that when uninstalling antivirus software the simple uninstall may not fully get rid of all of the antivirus components. Many antivirus vendors have special uninstallers available on their websites to fully clean their product off your machine.
On a side note Microsoft’s own website crashes IE 8 beta 1.
Ok now I have come across an issue here. When I vist that site in IE 8 beta 1 I get the site fully loaded then it jumps to this URL “http:///?up_mylang=en&mid=2” with the title Address not valid.
I guess my next question should have been are these reports happening on all websites or just some of the specific sites mentioned in the articles?
Are these users putting to use a software firewall and / or router? These could be a source of conflict as well. At the very least a software firewall should be in use even with antvirus software installed.