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Domain expired page instead of valid web page; IE8 works correctly
Yesterday, I tried to reach http://www.lawsmuseum.org/ through Firefox 45.0.1 and repeatedly got a page that said domain expired and gave tucows as the domain administrator. I tried access by clicking on the google link to this site, by entering the link via the keyboard, by clicking on a link in an email from a friend who was able to access the web site, and by cutting and pasting that link from the email into FF. All failed and displayed the domain expired page. I tried periodically all day long. Last night I cut and pasted the link into a copy of IE8 and the web site http://www.lawsmuseum.org/ loaded. After I had done that, FF started loading the correct web site as well.
I turn my computer off at night. This morning, I turned it back on, went to FF to load http://www.lawsmuseum.org/ and got the domain expired error. I started IE8, pasted the link, got the correct page and now FF loads the correct page every time. My guess is that tomorrow morning, I will start getting the domain error page again until I access the page once from IE8.
This is a minor inconvenience as this is neither a frequently used nor very important page. I do not see many domain expired error pages but do see some. Now I am concerned that I will get a domain expired page when I try to access something important. I could always try IE8. Even so, without knowing the cause of this error, I can't be sure of all the problems this is causing
In case you are wondering, tucows, lists the page as expiring in March of 2017.
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If Firefox can't load a site, it doesn't search for the reason... that message likely comes from the site itself, which is rather odd.
Is there anything special about how you connect to the internet, for example, using a proxy, content filter, Tor, Hola, private VPN, etc.?
When you have a problem with one particular site, a good "first thing to try" is clearing your Firefox cache and deleting your saved cookies for the site.
(1) Clear Firefox's Cache
First try Ctrl+Shift+r to reload bypassing the cache. More generally if needed: How to clear the Firefox cache
Note: If you have a large hard drive, this might take a few minutes. If nothing seems to be happening, try reloading the page (Ctrl+Shift+r) to see whether the used disk space has decreased.
(2) Remove the site's cookies (save any pending work first). While viewing a page on the site (even an error message on the site), try either:
- right-click a blank area of the page and choose View Page Info > Security > "View Cookies"
- (menu bar) Tools > Page Info > Security > "View Cookies"
- click the padlock or globe icon in the address bar, then the ">" button, then More Information, and finally the "View Cookies" button
In the dialog that opens, you can remove the site's cookies individually.
Then try reloading the page. Does that help?
Thanks. After a couple days of failures, now I can't make it fail again. I have saved your response and will try all you suggest if the problem occurs again.