Cannot open certain websites in OS X?

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  1. Tachion macrumors member

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    So, for the past few days I've been unable to open a fair number of websites in OS X, including:

    www.about.com
    www.cracked.com

    Here's the jist of the problem:

    -Neither will open in Firefox or Safari, simplying throwing up the generic "Cannot find website" error.
    -Plugging my modem directly into my MBP does not fix it, so it's not a router problem.
    -The sites load fine in Windows XP (both in Bootcamp and in Parallels) so it's not an ISP issue.
    -None of the standard OS X maintenance procedures have fixed it (permissions, etc.).
    -Creating another user account does not remedy the problem, so it's not just my account.
    -I do not have parental controls turned on.
    -My hosts file is clean and looks fine, with no extraneous lines.
    -The sites do not load while directly typing in the IP address either, so it doesn't seem to be a DNS issue.

    Here is what one of the pings looks like:

    Ping has started ...

    ping: sendto: No route to host
    ping: sendto: No route to host
    ping: sendto: No route to host
    ping: sendto: No route to host
    ping: sendto: No route to host


    Here's what a traceroute looks like:

    Traceroute has started ...

    traceroute to www.about.akadns.net (207.241.148.80), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
    traceroute: sendto: No route to host
    1 traceroute: wrote www.about.akadns.net 40 chars, ret=-1
    *traceroute: sendto: No route to host
    traceroute: wrote www.about.akadns.net 40 chars, ret=-1
    *traceroute: sendto: No route to host
    traceroute: wrote www.about.akadns.net 40 chars, ret=-1
    *
    traceroute: sendto: No route to host
    2 traceroute: wrote www.about.akadns.net 40 chars, ret=-1


    Does anyone have any ideas at all? I'm at a total loss here, and no one on the Apple forums seems to have any idea, either. I'm not the only one reporting this problem, however, so there's definitely something wacky going on in OS X. You can read up on the whole saga thus far on the Apple forums.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I get both web sites just fine in Safari

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    See if this works.

    In terminal window, type the following:

    Code:
    dscacheutil -flushcache
    Then clear the cache of your browsers. Restart browser.
     
  4. Tachion thread starter macrumors member

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    Didn't work, unfortunately... :confused:
     
  5. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Is it possible those sites have been blocked somehow (Parental controls, network controls, etc.)? I read Cracked every day (on up to three different Macs) and have never had that issue.
     
  6. Tachion thread starter macrumors member

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    Not that I can think of. I haven't changed anything these past few days, and I'm the only user and owner of this computer, so Parental Controls have never been touched. Also, a few other users on the Apple forums are reporting the same sites not loading, so I really doubt we all somehow managed to block the same sites.
     
  7. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Well, have you tried turning it off and on again? (The modem) ;)

    I can get to cracked.com and about.com.

    Neither are responding to pings but there's nothing drastically unusual about that in and of itself. Try a free, anonymous proxy to help you rule out some things.
     
  8. Tachion thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha, yes, I've tried that. Was one of my first thoughts.

    But, when using http://freeproxy.us/, they load just fine.

    Unfortunately, it still doesn't explain why it doesn't work under OS X, but works under Windows (even when running it in Parallels, which uses OS X networking). Plus, it still doesn't explain why others are having the exact same problem with the exact same sites, even though we don't have the same ISPs. It's gotta be something in OS X... a bug or something.
     
  9. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Who is your ISP? Maybe all the people reporting it have the same ISP and it's a problem on their end?
     
  10. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    Call me a cynic, but wouldn't this be a good way to drive traffic to those sites by a new poster, who joined this morning, and has never posted anything else here?

    OKOK I'm a cynic.
     
  11. Tachion thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a small, local ISP called Hotwire. One of the users on the Apple forums reporting the same problem has Comcast.

    Even if that were the case, that does not explain why the sites load under Windows XP, but not under OS X.
     
  12. Tachion thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I figured it out. Apparently the newest version of PeerGuardian2 messed with something and was blocking sites, even though the app wasn't open. I actually had to uninstall it and reboot to keep it from blocking the sites.

    :rolleyes:

    Anyways, thanks a ton for the help everyone. Glad to know it wasn't Apple's latest updates screwing with me, heh.
     
  13. mooblie macrumors 6502

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  14. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Those are both pretty heavily-tracked websites here in the US. I don't think they need to post on this site to up their numbers.

    Good deal. Glad you found the culprit. What does the software do when it's working properly?
     
  15. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Westley: I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.
    Inigo: Where we did we put that wheelbarrow the albino had?
    Fezzik: Over the albino, I think.
    Westley: Well, why didn't you list that among our assets in the first place? ;)
     

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