Browsers

Why can't I access Google from the Chrome browser anymore?

Episode 1499

Anna from Laguna Hills, CA
Google Chrome

Anna clicked on a link in Facebook, which took her to a site that popped up a big warning with a phone number. She restarted her PC, and after that Chrome wouldn't let her access Google anymore. She also saw a warning flag in the system tray. Leo says the warning in the system tray is from Microsoft, so she can click that. It will probably take her to the security center where she can see if it offers any sensible information. She can run IE, but can't run Chrome, though. When she launches Chrome, she gets a blank white screen and it freezes.

Why doesn't my Gmail work?

Episode 1493

Jerald from San Diego, CA
Gmail logo

Jerald is having issues with Gmail. It comes up, but when he tries to open an email, it goes blank. It works when he logs on somewhere else, though. Leo says that Gmail is a web application that runs Javascript. So it may be that his browser is blocking that. Ad blocking software may also be doing it. He should try disabling his ad blocker and see if that works. Click the on/off switch at the top of the page and see if it loads up.

Why can't I visit a certain website?

Episode 1483

Alan from Murrieta, CA
Website

Alan has been having issues visiting a website on his computer, but his wife can do it on hers. Rich says that it could be that if Dave had installed a program recently, it could be interfering with his web browser. Another possibility is that Dave's Java isn't updated. He should try updating that. Also, Dave should turn off all of his browser extensions. If he can access the site after that, then he'll know that an extension is the culprit. To find out which extension is causing it, he can just go in and turn each extension on one by one until the site doesn't work again.

Why isn't scrolling working properly when I visit Facebook?

Episode 1482

Jerry from Anaheim, CA
Facebook

When visits Facebook, he's been having issues where the page scrolls on its own. Leo says if it happened everywhere, it could be a stuck down key, but since it only happens on Facebook, that's an indicator for software. Could someone be taking over his account? Leo says probably not. Just in case, however, he should go into his Facebook settings and turn on 2nd factor authentication. Then if someone tries to hack his account, it'll send him a notification asking if he's logging in. If it's not him, they can't log in.

Why does my monitor get jittery when I access my contacts?

Episode 1482

Paul from Riverside, CA
Google Chrome

Paul has a Dell workstation running Windows 7, but when he opens the contacts, the screen goes wonky and it jitters to the point where he can't use it. He swapped devices and it doesn't repeat, and it's not the cables. Leo says that narrows it down to the video card. But he tried it with a different monitor and it does it. So that indicates a weird browser problem that gets triggered by the monitor. Leo says to boot into safe mode and remove Chrome. Then he should try and reinstall it. It could just be a bad install.

Why doesn't my password vault input the right password?

Episoide 1473

David from Florida
LastPass

David uses a bunch of different browsers and everyone wants to save his passwords. It seems easier, but he says that it fills in the wrong password often. Leo says that's probably because David has multiple password managers and they are fighting. It's like antivirus software. It's best to have just one. Relying on the browser saving passwords isn't safe because that's not their main business and many have security flaws. David should use one password manager like LastPass, and it will input the right password.

Why doesn't my browser work?

Episode 1470

Kristi from Apple Valley, CA
Firefox logo

Kristi is having trouble with Firefox loading. Leo says it's likely a problem with an extension. She should start up Firefox without the extensions, and it's likely it'll start right up. If it does, then she'll know it's a bad extension. Would that also cause Java not to work? Leo says that no, that's a separate issue, and every browser has a "Disable Java" option. Another thing to try is resetting Firefox with this how-to at tomsguide.com.