Resolved Can only access gmail/facebook

gslee84

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 13, 2012
4
0
Help!

I was trying to delete some unnecessary user preferences and must've been a little overeager - now I can't connect to any website that's not gmail/facebook.

- Not my browser - Chrome, Safari, Firefox yield the same issue
- Not a wireless issue - plugged into ethernet, same issue
- Not my network connectivity - can still access internet through other programs like iChat/Skype, (and still get updated gmail/FB)
- Not my user profile - tried a different user profile, same issue

Downloaded data rescue/disk drill to see if I could see what files I deleted (but would have to pay to recover the actual files), and some files that look relevant/important -

- com.apple.NetworkUtility.plist
- com.apple.airport.preferences.plist

Don't want to have to:

1. pay for data recovery programs and hopefully recovery the files that allow me to access other websites,

or

2. reset my macbook pro to factory settings.

Also,

- can't access app store to re-download lion (10.7.4) or even mountain lion.
- never used timemachine.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
 
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heisenberg123

macrumors 603
Oct 31, 2010
6,498
9
Hamilton, Ontario
Help!

I was trying to delete some unnecessary user preferences and must've been a little overeager - now I can't connect to any website that's not gmail/facebook.

- Not my browser - Chrome, Safari, Firefox yield the same issue
- Not a wireless issue - plugged into ethernet, same issue
- Not my network connectivity - can still access internet through other programs like iChat/Skype, (and still get updated gmail/FB)
- Not my user profile - tried a different user profile, same issue

Downloaded data rescue/disk drill to see if I could see what files I deleted (but would have to pay to recover the actual files), and some files that look relevant/important -

- com.apple.NetworkUtility.plist
- com.apple.airport.preferences.plist

Don't want to have to:

1. pay for data recovery programs and hopefully recovery the files that allow me to access other websites,

or

2. reset my macbook pro to factory settings.

Also,

- can't access app store to re-download lion (10.7.4) or even mountain lion.
- never used timemachine.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
how did you delete those files?
 

Interstella5555

macrumors 603
Jun 30, 2008
5,219
4
Just using finder, /Library/Preferences.

Then, when something wouldn't delete, would force quit that process in the activity monitor, and then delete.:eek:
Were you drinking while doing this?
How did you decide which pref files to delete?