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Hypertext Transfer Protocol Troubleshooting

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Hypertext Transfer Protocol and wondering how to fix it?”    - Miguel L., New Zealand

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Overview of Hypertext Transfer Protocol

Hypertext transfer protocol is an application standard that allows different programs to communicate efficiently with each other. Hypertext transfer protocol is commonly documented as “HTTP.” HTTP is used to help manage communications on the World Wide Web.

The address bar of any Internet browser often displays both HTTP and WWW in front of the web site address. HTTP is required on pages and sites that utilize diverse communication methods to display their content.

Facebook is an example of a web site that relies heavily on HTTP. The various games and other added content are often written using different languages. The advertisements presented in the sidebar are often written in several different computer languages. The Facebook chat box continues to work on a page even when the user is playing a game that is created for Flash or Shockwave player.

HTTP manages the communication and behavior of this diverse content to make the page function correctly and appear as a single entity rather than the collage of different parts it actually is. HTTP 1.1 was released in June 1999 and continues to be used today for managing Internet communications between servers and client computers.

What Problems are Associated with Hypertext Transfer Protocol?

There are a number of different errors that can occur when HTTP cannot successfully connect a server with a client computer.

One of the most common errors is, “404: Page not found.” This normally occurs when the user has entered the web site address with misspellings or the owner of the page has either taken it down or moved it to another location. This error can also occur if the server hosting the web page is off-line for any reason.

“403: Forbidden,” is another common error. There are numerous reasons a user would receive this error. If the web site has an invalid SSL certificate, the user will receive this error when their browser security settings are set to high. Some sites require a password and if the user attempts to access a page without first having logged into the website, they will get a 403 error if they are not redirected to the login page.

“504: Request timed out,” is an error many are familiar with. This happens when the client computer loses connection to the Internet. Often it is a result of loose Ethernet cable or a problem with the modem supplying the Internet connection.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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