The reason I asked if you could see my avatar is that it's hosted on Imageshack. If you can't see it then its a pretty good indicator that your
security settings are preventing everything from imageshack from being seen.
couple things to check for.
first in a command prompt, see if you can ping: 188.8.131.52, then ping imageshack.us and confirm it's pointing to the right address (above) if
In IE, go to Tools, internet options, select the advanced tab and restore everything to default. If that doesn't work, go to the security tab and
confirm that imageshack.us isn't listed in the restricted sites list. If it is, remove it.
You can also try adding imageshack.us to the trusted sites list.
If that doesn't work, try accessing imageshack through a separate temporary browser, like firefox or Opera. If you can see it there, we've narrowed
it down to an IE problem. If you still can't access, go to
C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc then open the 'hosts' file and see if there are any entries added for imageshack. All you should see (unless
you've purposely modified this file yourself) is:
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 184.108.40.206 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 220.127.116.11 x.acme.com # x client host
127.0.0.1 local host
You can also see if another computer on your home network can browse to imageshack (if you have another computer on your home network).
If not, it may be a firewall setting on your router.
If all else fails, give your ISP a call and see if they're doing any site blocking.
These steps are out of order a bit because I added them as I thought of additional trouble shooting techniques, but most of them are independent
checks and don't rely on the other settings. Except in cases where the ISP or firewall are blocking the site, in which case adding imageshack to the
trusted sites list won't do diddly squat.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.