I had a weird Internet Explorer problem the other night. It would load some sites fine but others connected, then got no further than this message: “Website found. Waiting for reply”. The Waiting eventually timed out with a connection timeout error.
It wasn’t the connection (other sites worked), the browser (IE on other machines in the network worked fine) or the site (other browsers worked). This wouldn’t have been too bad except among the sites that wouldn’t load were my TypePad blogs! A web search revealed answers of varying complexity from browser patches, security settings changes and router resets which all seemed a bit drastic. It seemed odd the problem was machine/browser/network specific so I tried the most basic of repair.
A clean up using Internet Options>Delete Browsing History with Preserve Favourites Website Data, Temporary Internet Files, and Cookies selected was all it took. While there can be many reasons for this error try the simple fix first. It may work and save you a lot of hassle!