the problem with that being that i can't get to the link on the troubled computer... i'm just gonna try again tomorrow, as it's almost midnight here, and i can't think straight. thanks for trying to help. :)
Like addition to potential reason with previous installation/uninstallation of McAfee....
Just because... you able to visit some pages, but some part of websites not work.....
Maybe you can to check F-Secure -> Online Safety -> something around content blocker/category of blocking.
If you don't modify it after installation and if that place have "turn on"-status by default... maybe here some categories... related with your trouble... and that categories check to "block"?
For example... forums/blogs/unrated, but it's should be not a default setting. So.. it will be strange if current suggestion will be work :)
Also... I not found version of browser, operation system... but it's can be... if during work with your system... here have some trouble-places or simply Real-time protection Network (service/feature/other by F-Secure or other part about reputation for websites/web-traffic) have "not connected"-status (can be by various reasons and not always can be critical) and during visit any pages (or just HTTPS pages) will be "troubles". But it's should be just some versions of browsers. They should be some kind of outdate...
Also... does you mean... that installed F-Secure Interet Security 2014? :)
i went to online security > tools > windows firewall > and chose explorer and chrome as programs that are allowed access thru the firewall. and that solved my problem!
oh, i also ran the mcafee removal link you gave me, just in case. so thanks for that!
OK, that's rather odd, as you shouldn't have had to do that (IE and Chrome should have access enabled by default), but perhaps McAfee changed some of the settings, which may have 'stuck' if it hadn't been fully removed.
I agree with Simon, you shouldn't have to add those programs. I suggest you remove them and see if it indeed was the McAfee Removal Tool that did the trick.
To quote Microsoft: "Allowing a program to communicate though a firewall (sometimes called unblocking) is like punching a hole in the firewall"
In a default Windows Firewall configuration you shouldn't need to allow programs as all outbound connections are allowed by default, and all inbound are blocked. Inbound is rarely needed, only if you for example host a web server locally and must allow internet traffic to it.
okay, so i tried removing them, and allowed access to a program or two that didn't have access (i checked on the old computer which programs have access on it). it looks like it still works.
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