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Slow Speed on accessing certain pages

Discussion in 'Networks' started by jackd, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. jackd

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    When im trying to acess certain web pages the pages send or recieve some data from www.google-analytics.com. Every site that i go on that require something from that site takes about 5 mins to load
    Any Ideas
    Jack :)
     
  2. Boycie
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    Jack,

    Which sites exactly?

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  3. wagnerk
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    It could be that when you actually try to access the site it comes up with: "Google Error - Not Found
    The requested URL / was not found on this server." (as of 15/Sept/2006 @ 15.30hrs). I guess it depends what kind of site you're trying to access and what data it needs.

    Others will be around with their knowledge.

    -ken
     
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  4. jackd

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  5. ffreeloader

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    Well, trying to access google-analytics.com gives a 404 error. So, any site that you use that is trying to link to google-analytics.com is going to be very slow too, for the same reason I get when trying to access it.

    The other sites just aren't passing the 404 error on to you.
     
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  6. hbroomhall

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    I'm using the NoScript extension to FireFox, and my standard rule is to leave all references to google-analytics.com blocked.

    Makes things go much faster.

    Harry.
     
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  7. wagnerk
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  8. jackd

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    Yes Done that cleared the temp files,cookies etc ill try doing what harry is using and tell you what happens
     
  9. jackd

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    how do you block the sites harry?
     
  10. jackd

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    never mind edited the hosts file to 127.0.0.1 for google-analytics.com and works much faster
     
  11. Mr.Cheeks

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    Jack,

    what is a host file and what does 127.0.0.1 represent?
     
  12. hbroomhall

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    The hosts file can be found on almost any PC with TCP/IP. On Unix it traditionaly lived in /etc and this has been echoed by Microsoft, who tend to put it in a subdir called etc in one of the system folders - on XP it is in \Windows\system32\drivers\etc.

    It predates DNS, and contains a mapping of machine names to IP addresses. While DNS now is much more useful and flexible there are a number of cases where editing the hosts file helps.

    One of these cases is where DNS is not available to a machine until a complete set of machines is up.

    Some items of malware change this file to subvert the browsing of the owner.

    In this case jackd's fix is a more modern use for the file. 127.0.0.1 is the address for 'localhost' - i.e. the machine itself. So he has told the machine to look at itself for any reference to google-analytics. It will of course fail to find it - but this happens quickly, and not with the long wait that might have happened if it was looking on the 'net.

    There are anti-spyware systems available that edit this file dynamicaly to block known bad sites.

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  13. ffreeloader

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    Interestingly enough if you Google "google-analytics" you find it is now google.com/analytics.
     
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  14. jackd

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    the host file is also the thing that makes 127.0.0.1 point to localhost. Am i correct?
     
  15. hbroomhall

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    Strictly - the other way about. It points 'localhost' to 127.0.0.1

    On Unix systems the ifconfig system is what binds 127.0.0.1 to the loopback interface. Presumably Windows has a similar system somewhere.

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  16. The_Geek

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    Not withstanding that everything on the local machine is fine, you can always run a trace to the site(s) in question to see if you are crossing a network that's having issues. Many times when I use the phrase "charter sucks" and then run a trace to the site I'm trying to access, I fid out that I'm hitting extreme latency across Bellsouth's network.

    Nope this helps. :D
     
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