Google sites won't load on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Miss Mandy Mac, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Miss Mandy Mac macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    The weirdest thing just started happening today, and it's happened twice in the last 12 hours or so. I'll be browsing the internet, and all of a sudden, all the Google sites won't load. They give a "Page Not Found" error. It's *all* of Google's sites. Gmail. Google feed reader. Adsense. Even sites that use a Google API code, that part of the site won't load. Even Firefox gmail plugins stop working. All other sites load fine.

    The Google sites won't load in either Firefox or Safari.

    Clearing my history/cookies/cache/etc and restarting the browser doesn't fix it.

    The Google sites load just fine on all the PCs in the house.

    I have the latest updates of everything... Firefox, Safari, Leopard, etc. No antivirus/spyware/adblock programs running that could be blocking it.

    The only thing that fixes it on the Mac is a complete reboot of the machine.

    Any ideas?? Any at all?? I'm new to Mac so if you have any suggestions, please speak slowly in small words. :D Thanks so much for your help.
  2. Miss Mandy Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    It's happened twice again since my post and I figured out something else....

    It just seems to be sites that start with "WWW . google" because sites these google sites WILL still load:,,,

    But still will NOT load.... :confused::confused::confused:

    Help, pleeeeeeeeeeeease, because if this keeps up, I'm going to have to pack up the mac and go back to my PC laptop. Google runs half the internet and I can't keep rebooting 5 times a day!
  3. Latro macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2008
    It's most likely not your MAC but something with your ISP, or routing settings.

    Try downloading firefox (a different browser) and see if the problem continues.

    If so, you may check with your ISP about your DNS settings.

    Maybe try moving things over to OpenDNS ( and see if you still have trouble.
  4. Miss Mandy Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    Like a fresh install of Firefox? Cause I'm already using the newest version of FF and Safari and it won't load in either of them....
  5. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    She's able to access them with the PCs in the house, which makes it unlikely its an ISP issue.

    Each physical connection type allows you to set DNS servers. If you're having problems through airport, see if the issue exists using ethernet.

    (those are fun fonts on your site!)
  6. Latro macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2008
    You think that would be the case, but I've had the same problem before where I could access sites from a PC but the Mac sitting next to it couldn't access it.

    I changed the DNS routing and everything was fixed.

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