If you've been having problems getting a green light, the reason may be that your computer is or was infected with malware and your Windows proxy settings have been changed!
Some malware programs have been noted to change HTTP proxy settings to route all web requests through a remote server, that allows the people behind the malware to spy on your web browsing. If you've been having problems with getting a green light, either constantly or if you seem to be behind a transparent proxy, you should check and make sure you don't have any odd proxy settings in place.
To check proxy settings, open Control Panel/Internet Options, Connections tab. You'll need to check the Settings for any Dial-up/VPN entries in the list on that tab, and also click the LAN Settings button to check for a proxy server there. Note that your ISP may require the use of a proxy server, so the presence of a proxy server entry isn't necessarily malevolent. Check with your ISP if you find anything there.
If you do find a suspicious proxy entry on your computer, I recommend you install and run Spybot: Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org
). Note that Spybot may not remove the proxy settings even if it removes the malware, so you may have to clear the proxy settings manually.
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