Set https://startpage.com/ as Home page ( Settings \ On Startup \ Open a specific page )
Close the browser. Relaunch from desktop or quickstart Icon = Home page will not load
Go to another bookmarked web page and it loads as normal pretty much instantaneously.
Thereafter click the Home Button ( also set to https://startpage.com/ ) and it loads without issue.
The set homepage only has trouble loading upon first launching Dragon.
Another user with the same problem reported here https://forums.comodo.com/news-announcements-feedback-cd/comodo-dragon-ver-210-is-now-available-for-download-t85982.0.html;msg615582#msg615582
- Steps to try and resolve / troubleshoot
Also installed the same Dragon software with the same setup on three machines;
Desktop Win 7 x64 - Ethernet to router
Laptop Win 7 x64 - WiFi (WPA PSK 256bit encrypted)
Laptop Win 7 x32 - WiFi (WPA PSK 256bit encrypted)
All of the above experience the same problem
Other browsers with the same home page on those machines do not.
Which negates the need to check any further potential problems with my setup, however just in case checked Router block lists ( only a few specific sites blocked in there ), primary and secondary DNS resolver for IPV4 on each machine is set optimally for my ISP, Hosts file in use ( Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File ) up to date on all machines monthly upon update ( and checked with a default windows empty hosts file ).
Router is setup re-flashed with DD-WRT firmware ( latest for my router - Not a homebrew version )
Also tried the two laptops on another family members Default setup router ( with a different ISP ), and set both machines IPV4 Primary and Secondary DNS resolver to the default of Obtain Automatically while testing in that household. Same problem experienced.
That household also use the same StartPage.com home page … But in Googles version of Chrome which does not have this problem.
Version = Dragon ( Stable ) 22.214.171.124
Plugins / Themes / Extensions
Theme - Robot theme Robot Theme, inspired by Android™ - Chrome Web Store
( Theme only installed on one laptop )
Plugins ( as listed on dragon://plugins/ ) -
Remoting Viewer ( Disabled ),
VLC Web Plugin ( http://www.videolan.org/ ) Enabled
( No Flash or PepperFlash )
Windows Version - As noted in point 2. above per machine
UAC status - Enabled ( all machines )
System Drive - C:\ ( all machines )
Installation path for Dragon - Default setup location ( all machines ) set by the manually downloaded installer available here Best Internet Browser 2022 | Free Secure Web Browser ( auto update is notify only, I manually update with the downloadable installer when ready to update )
User privileges - Admin ( all machines )
Google Chrome not installed. Comodo Dragon is the default browser ( all machines )
Other information …
Comodo secure DNS ( as offered in the Dragon Installer ) not being used.
Search engines installed - StartPage HTTPS Startpage - Private Search Engine. No Tracking. No Search History.
All other search engines in settings deleted
Privacy ( “Advanced settings” <<-- Why aren’t these at the top in BOLD instead of googles hidden away from the user default )
Checked the following ( No other items selected ) : …
Do not allow websites to know where you came from ( Referrer supressed )
Enable Phishing and Malware Protection
Offer to save passwords
Network is default ( No proxy setup )
Offer to translate
Check for Server Certificate revocation
Further Content settings : …
Keep Local Data only until I quit the browser
Block Third Party cookies and site data
Clear History when I close my browser
Plugins = Click to play
The rest thereafter are all = Do Not Allow
Web Intents Unchecked.
And - Probably un-related but strange all the same - The mysterious Allow websites to use your WebCam / Microphone setting (which I only saw once, it has disappeared off the settings page since) = I tried to turn it off the first time I saw it, but the switch button did not seem to work, since then after looking at the settings after re-loading the browser - That option does not exist anymore ???
A bit strict, but I like to allow each element per site individually as opposed to the default across the board allow for useability some settings.
Lastly: On the Flags page ( dragon://flags/ )
I have enabled Disable Web GL ( the switch now reads Disable; confusingly )
I have not changed any other flags currently.
Son of edit:
No third party firewall - Windows firewall is turned on, all machines up to date with windows updates
Microsoft Security Essentials is my only active anti-malware ( with MalwareBytes Antimalware non resident as an occasional ( once per week ) manually update and run as required second opinion )
Background services very minimal windows only, no third party ITunes mess of services for instance.
No silverlight, and I refuse to accept Microsoft Bing as an “Important” update
Revenge of Son of Edit:
Not sure if this is worth mentioning but I also kill the following on Windows 7 …
Universal Plug and Play service (UPnP)
( See DCOMbobulator and UnPlug n’ Pray ( right click and run as admin on win 7 ) - Here Most Popular Freeware on GRC.COM )
By the same guy who programmed Spinrite and DNSBench, Steve Gibson
( Note for casual readers - There are quite a few of those utils at the last link not written for Win Vista or 7 )
Mod edit: Added solved to title, Captainsticks.