I have been having a bizarre problem for over a week. No matter what address I connect to (via a link or typing it in), down at the bottom of the browser I can see that … (read more)
I have been having a bizarre problem for over a week. No matter what address I connect to (via a link or typing it in), down at the bottom of the browser I can see that a google.com address is stalled, not connecting, and preventing access to the connection - to the point of the connection timing out. My ISP is functioning properly.
I am not talking about links I click from a google search, but any and all pages I access.
In the first place there is no need for a google connection to be involved with the sites I am going to.
And in the second place is there a way to prevent what I am guessing is google tracking, since it seems to the problem that is timing out all my browser activity.
Thirdly, I installed Chrome, also, to use a specific add-on for a project I work on. But the add-on did not do anything useful, so I uninstalled Chrome for that reason but also because there are clearly a lot of instances of telemetry that it does not appear possible to stop since Chrome does not seem to be configurable.
Of course there was a lot of Chrome junk that was not uninstalled. I was wondering if that could be causing the problem. So yesterday I made sure to get rid of as much of it as I could in the directory and the registry. But it has not made a difference.
I assume it is not a Firefox problem, since I use Cyberfox when a need a 32bit browers and have the same problem, though it is not as pronounced.
Any ideas about what is causing the problem and how I can put an end to it are welcome.
(I detest Windows 10 and how it dumbs down everything and prevents configuring, so continue to happily use Windows 7 (and XP too) with a stable 40MB ethernet connection. I am also using 22.214.171.124 DNS (googles) plugged into my modem so that Roku does a better job of connecting than if I use my ISP DNS.)