Browser won't connect to certain websites. Help!!

Feb 12, 2010
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Two days ago I tried to do a search on Google and the "Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at" page came up. I thought google was down but it still doesn't work. I did some random prodding and found that there are a lot of sites I can't visit but many that I still can. Here is a random list.

Browser (firefox, safari, and chrome) won't connect to these sites. (though the yahoo search bar works in my browser)

Sites I visit often and still can visit.

Here are some things I have done to try and fix it.

I did a virus scan with ClamXav and found 3 infected emails. Deleted them.

I deleted all browser history and cache as well as the dns cache.

I can "ping" all of the sites from terminal.

I haven't changed any network settings.

I have tried on different wifi networks as well as tested the sites on my phone with the same wifi network. My phone can access those sites but my puter won't on any network.

Also, my mac mail is unable to pull in my POP gmail accounts but it pulls in the email from my website server.

I have heard of some redirecting viruses out there but these sites simply don't connect.

I can use the website, "" to access all of the above inaccessible sites.

I can't think of anything else, but if anyone has any pointers out there, it would be greatly appreciated.

Santa Rosa 15" MBP model, if it matters.



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Jan 23, 2008
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Keller, Texas
Your Mac's Specs
2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, Numerous iPods, Monterey
Could be a DNS problem. Try switching from your ISP DNS addresses to Open DNS. See the following LINK.

If you don't know how to change your DNS settings, post back.


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