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September 08, 2004

"Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers, for this feature to work." error when trying to activate plugins in WordPress

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I was playing around with WordPress, and went to activate one of the default plugins that comes installed with it. In the past, this was effortless. This time I got an error message of:

Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers, for this feature to work.

As it turns out, this got 'broken' by the stupid Norton Internet Security software that came preinstalled on my latest PC, which by default turns on your firewall on your computer and has privacy protection built in to block referrer strings. It also destroys the looks and feel, as well as functionality, of many websites through the use of what they refer to as 'ad blocking', but which really blocks much more than ads - including every affiliate link (text or otherwise!) or google adsense link out there. That's messed up.

Want your computer working the way it was before Norton Internet Security ruined your surfing and blogging experience?

Want your WordPress plugins working again? Just open Norton IS and turn off both the settings for "privacy control" and "ad blocking".

Or better yet, uninstall it all together -- I found that it slowed down my internet use (especially receiving of email in outlook) to the point of being almost unusable - on a brand new 3.4 gHz P4 machine! Instead, use the firewall that comes with Windows XP SP2, and go with Mcafee or your antivirus software.

Tada! All is well again.

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Comments

thanks, worked for me.

Posted by: jarra | Oct 23, 2004 3:31:55 PM

You're very welcome - glad I could help :)

Posted by: Emily | Oct 23, 2004 3:36:05 PM

Thank you! I am finally able to add stuff to my site! LOL. *hugs*

Posted by: Andrea | Nov 11, 2004 9:28:41 PM

I don't have Norton Internet Security and I still get that message. I'm running a test environment under WinXP SP2 using Omnicron 3.0.3a. Do you have any ideas? If you could email me back it would be great. Thanks! :D

Posted by: JErm | Dec 14, 2004 3:51:10 AM

Great tips! This one helped me out tremendously.

Posted by: Preston Taylor Holmes | Jan 6, 2005 8:41:08 PM

Hi.
I get this message when I try to delete a post in Weblog:
"Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers, for this feature to work."
I'm using Sygate Personal Firewall Pro and there is no option for turning off privicy control.What I have to do?

Posted by: DJ_Antie | Feb 16, 2005 3:34:39 PM

Don't get hung up on firewalls - it might also be a browser thing - particularly if any of you are using Firefox set up to respect your privacy.

Switching to IE to administer WP did the job for me.
You could switch off the appropriate extensions or whatever, but it's easier just to fire up IE.

Posted by: Phil | Feb 20, 2005 9:44:56 PM

I actually encountered this problem recently and nothing seemed to work...

I did some debugging in the code and echoed the adminurl and referer url, and noticed they were different. I then realized this was because my actual url was different because of dynamic dns forwarding.

Perhaps some of you are using such forwarding services. If so back sure you are using the correct url. ie instead of www.foo.com - it might be something like www2.foo.com:6000 - the 6000 being the port number you might be using cause your ISP is blocking port 80.

Posted by: guht | Mar 14, 2005 4:52:35 PM

Hey there! Thanks for this. I'm migrating from MT to WP, and this was starting to frustrate me!

Thanks again!!

Posted by: Benn | Apr 10, 2005 5:36:04 AM

Thanks Antie, worked for me!

Posted by: Slycer | May 1, 2005 4:34:54 AM

Thanks! This FINALLY did it!

Posted by: Eric | May 2, 2005 12:45:11 PM

Muchos thank-you's, it's working again.

Posted by: Lee | May 10, 2005 10:54:12 PM

Thx !!!

Posted by: mL | Jun 15, 2005 9:56:14 PM

thanks!!

Posted by: Dennis | Aug 26, 2005 5:41:32 PM

There are two kind of people I sincerely dislike, those who designed and built Norton IS and those who pre-installed it onto my machine...

Posted by: Heintz | Jan 4, 2006 3:29:33 PM

I enjoy your site very much! THANK YOU

Posted by: Elza | Feb 9, 2006 8:17:08 AM

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