Firefox: Problem Loading Page

I was checking mail in GMail, and when I went to my Sent folder, I got a loading message and then nothing. I went to check some other random website and got the message: Problem loading page with a more detailed message of:
The proxy server is refusing connections
Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections.
Check the proxy settings to make sure that they are correct.
Contact your network administrator to make sure the proxy server is working.

Odd. I don’t use a proxy server. So I try Safari. Things are working.

I shutdown Firefox. Re-open. Same thing.

A google search showed that a small number of people were having this problem, and they were being redirected to preference screens, virus checking their systems, etc.

That couldn’t be it — things were working just a moment before.

Cause & Fix
The cause of the problem was an accidental click on the Tor button in my browser’s status bar, which subtly switched me over to using Tor for web browsing. Only problem was, I hadn’t started the Tor virtual tunnels.

Firefox was correct – it was using a proxy server that wasn’t responding. I just hadn’t realized I’d activated it.

Simply clicking the “Tor Enabled” once put it back to “Tor Disabled” and suddenly Firefox was working again.

Guess I just happened to bump the mouse at just the right place on the screen. Opps.

Anyhow, it was a five minute mystery, and since I suspect others have fallen victim to their own demise and not been able to figure out why, or worse, giving Firefox a bum rap, I’d share the solution so others can get back to browsing.

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5 Responses to Firefox: Problem Loading Page

  1. shailesh says:

    1: click on tool
    2: go to option
    3: click on advance
    4: go to setting
    5: enable auto detect-porxy setting for this network

  2. hallin says:

    The proxy server is refusing connections.

    Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections.
    * Check the proxy settings to make sure that they are correct.
    * Contact your network administrator to make sure the proxy server is working.

    Simple Solution:
    Click on Tools, Options, Advanced, Network, Connection, Settings, Auto-detect proxy settings for this network.

  3. George says:

    1: click on tool
    2: go to option
    3: click on advance
    4: go to setting
    5: enable auto detect-porxy setting for this network

  4. Miaelkaye says:

    For a while I wasn’t able to connect to my Gmail account with Firefox (I could visit other website without any problems though). Went online and many people kept saying that the solution was that I needed to enable auto detect-proxy settings, kinda like the replies posted here. That may have been a solution if I couldn’t connect to any website at all, but I was only having problems with Gmail. But I checked my proxy settings and they were already set properly and I still couldn’t connect to gmail.

    I find this page and it suggest to check my settings with Tor. Hmm… As soon as I changed the Tor setting to disable, there was no problems viewing Gmail through Firefox.

    Gotta give a big “thank you” to the original poster who suggested looking at Tor. That solved my problem completely!

  5. Linda says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I didn’t know what I was going to do.
    This solved my problem.

    Linda

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