The most common culprits that block HTTP_REFERER are:
- Norton Firewall/Security
- Windows XP Firewall
- ZoneAlarm Firewall
- Ad-Blocking Software
Norton Security Personal Firewall
The numeral uno bandit. There are obviously several versions out, so
checking the Symantec website for documentation specific to your
version is recommended, but here's the common solution for the last
- On the left side of the NIS window, click "Privacy Control".
- Click the "Settings For" arrow & select the account you
want to change. (If needed)
- Click "Custom Level".
- In the "Customize Privacy Settings"
dialog box, uncheck "Enable Browser Privacy"
Again, if this doesn't fit your version, please check
for more information. You're looking for things that will block
referer requests, or strip header/url info.
Windows XP Firewall
WinXP has its own built-in firewall that can be enabled or disabled.
More in depth info can be found by searching Microsoft's website or
To enable or disable Internet Connection Firewall:
- Open Network Connections (Click Start, click Control Panel, and
then doubleclick Network Connections.)
- Click the Dialup, LAN or HighSpeed Internet connection that
you want to protect, and then, under Network Tasks, click
"Change settings of this connection".
- On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall,
select one of the following:
- To enable Internet Connection Firewall (ICF), select
the Protect my computer and network by limiting or
preventing access to this computer from the Internet
- To disable Internet Connection Firewall, clear the
Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing
access to this computer from the Internet check
box. This disables the firewall, your computer and
network are then vulnerable to intrusions.
- You must be logged on to your computer with an owner account
in order to complete this procedure.
- You should not enable Internet Connection Firewall on virtual
private networking (VPN) connections or on client computers
because ICF will interfere with file and printer sharing.
- ICF cannot be enabled on the private connections of the
Internet Connection Sharing host computer.
Again, there are a few versions, and your's may differ, so please
check the website or documentation of the manufacturer. Here's the
most common solution (known to work in ZoneAlarm Pro 3):
- Select "Privacy"->"3rd Party Cookies"
- Uncheck "Remove Private Header Info"
There's quite a few pieces of software being used to stop all the
annoying 'pop-ups'. Some ISP's now include this type of software
in their connection bundle; Some browsers now have built-in pop-up
suppression. The problem is, some of these do this my stripping
header/url info. So, if you are using something like this, try
disabling it & see if that enables you to get pictures again.
If so, you can then check the software for any advanced
configuration options, or check the website of the manufacturer for