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Do some websites out-right block connections from IE6 browser?

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I was trying to bring this website up using IE6 (win-98): https://www.ssllabs....ewMyClient.htmland was getting the standard message you get if you try to access a non-existant domain:

The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

I also get the above message when I try to bring up https://www.msfn.org/with IE6. Trying that URL with FF2, after dismissing a couple of certificate messages I get redirected to https://www.msfn.org...ultwebpage.cgi.

On IE6, trying https://www.google.comgets redirected to https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl but otherwise the page seems to function just fine.

So what's happening with https sites and IE6? Do some sites test for user-agent and give an immediate null response to https requests? Setting my FF2 user-agent to replicate IE6 like this:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)

Doesn't seem to matter or interfere with connecting to https sites (like ssllabs.com).

Although a check of my IE6 shows that it's identifiying itself as:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Avant Browser)

Which now has me wondering how to untangle or remove the "Avant Browser" thing from it. ?


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Some sites explicitly block specific browsers.
Others bring up additional material, often advertising, that fails. For some reason IE6 shows the "Unavailable Page" message when this happens.
I have found that blocking the offending material, using my HOSTS File, can often give me access to the desired page.

Some https sites have switched to newer safer protocols that IE6 cannot support.
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