If a particular individual or a computer is connected to the World Wide Web, it’s stated to be “online.” However, a site, for instance, isn’t online if it wasn’t designed to be on the Internet. Also, a government agency is considered online when it actually has the necessary personnel and equipment to execute whatever task it’s been established to perform. So the question now becomes, how do I find out if a certain website I want to visit is online or not? This question may vary depending on your reason for wanting to browse the Internet or the specific website you’re attempting to view.
An example of this would be using the search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN to locate a certain product, service, or business. Searching local copies of the above mentioned products, services, and businesses is considered offline simply because they are retrieved through a local copy of the internet connection that is available in that particular area. If you were searching for them online, you would simply utilize the various search engines to locate their respective locations. This scenario, however, does not apply if you’re searching for specific information or data online. For example, if you wanted to locate the nearest airport in San Francisco, you would use Google maps to locate the precise location, not Google’s local version of Google maps that would simply provide you with the nearest airport.
In order to test out whether or not your computer is online or offline, you can try to unplug your computer from its power source for a period of time. After a few moments, try to reconnect your computer by itself. It will be obvious right away whether your computer is truly offline or online. If your computer becomes offline, then chances are, you’re having some sort of Internet problem that needs your immediate attention.
If you notice that after trying to access your online banking application online and connecting it to your computer via the various web connections, the entire process simply fails, then you probably have your neighbor is experiencing what we call an offline browsing problem. What you would then do then is to attempt to restart your browser (press the CTRL + R key) in order to bring back the online features. If nothing happens, then the problem may perhaps lie in your Internet Service Provider’s modem or Internet connection center. For more detailed assistance on how to troubleshoot this problem, you can always ask your Internet Service Provider for assistance.
One major reason why many people suddenly experience an offline browsing pattern is when they have had their monthly subscription for internet service abruptly cancelled without prior notice. If this is the case, and you find yourself suddenly offline, the good news is that it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are now offline permanently. Many people simply receive a temporary ‘server error’ code when attempting to connect to their online banking system. This server error can usually be fixed by restarting the computer and obtaining the most recent updates from your Internet Service Provider. The only downside to this approach is that it requires you to contact your ISP first before you are able to log back onto the internet.
There is also the possibility that you are having some sort of ‘issue’ with your internet explorer which is causing your offline browsing session to come to a premature end. To work around this issue, you can download a free application called ‘My Computer Fix’ from the internet. This program enables you to run a scan of your machine’s hard drive and identify the various files which are currently taking up space on your local copy of windows. Once these files are identified, you can either choose to remove them completely from your local copy of windows or move them to an online state. You should now be able to access your online files just as you would normally do.