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Some websites my macbook just can't go on?

post #1 of 28
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I can't get onto some websites. Such as ehow.com, and other useful websites. I try it on my PC and I get on. Safari and Firefox both say they cannot connect to the website.
post #2 of 28
spammer
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by bbwi View Post

spammer

I'm normally very quick to spot spammers and potential spammers.

This guy has been a member for two years.
It sounds like reasonable post (and not posted in a hundred other forums.
And doesn't seem to be pimping anything.

What's your beef?
post #4 of 28
Perhaps his "beef" is the fact that neither Safari nor Firefox have any problem with the site he mentioned, and since that sight was the only "real" thing mentioned in the post, he seems to be pimping the site... trying to drive up traffic on a worthless website perhaps.

On a more useful note... perhaps his ISP has somehow flagged that domain as hostile and blocks it... but then he said he can access it from a PC... is that via the same ISP??? Perhaps a problem with the DNS settings on his MacBook??
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post #5 of 28
ehow.com isn't accessible for me either. Not in Safari, nor in Firefox or Opera.

This is on an MBP, although I doubt it has anything to do with which machine you use. Oh, and chances are I'm on a different ISP than either the OP, or King...
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by piot View Post

I'm normally very quick to spot spammers and potential spammers.

This guy has been a member for two years.
It sounds like reasonable post (and not posted in a hundred other forums.
And doesn't seem to be pimping anything.

What's your beef?

No beef, just looked spammy. I didn't report his post or anything. So, his PC works just fine which means the ISP has nothing to do with it. eHow works just fine for me on both my Mac's Safari so we know its not Safari per se.

Clarification of the error would help (is it a 404?) Version of Safari or OS X would help. Screenshots? Can you ping the site? If not no worries but does it at least resolve?
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm not a spammer. I just used ehow because its a pretty popular site.
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Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot View Post

Perhaps his "beef" is the fact that neither Safari nor Firefox have any problem with the site he mentioned, and since that sight was the only "real" thing mentioned in the post, he seems to be pimping the site... trying to drive up traffic on a worthless website perhaps.

On a more useful note... perhaps his ISP has somehow flagged that domain as hostile and blocks it... but then he said he can access it from a PC... is that via the same ISP??? Perhaps a problem with the DNS settings on his MacBook??

Is there a way to fix that?? Should I take it to the apple store?
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Originally Posted by Rokcet Scientist View Post

ehow.com isn't accessible for me either. Not in Safari, nor in Firefox or Opera.

This is on an MBP, although I doubt it has anything to do with which machine you use. Oh, and chances are I'm on a different ISP than either the OP, or King...

Im really curious now, since I'm not the only one.
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Originally Posted by bbwi View Post

No beef, just looked spammy. I didn't report his post or anything. So, his PC works just fine which means the ISP has nothing to do with it. eHow works just fine for me on both my Mac's Safari so we know its not Safari per se.

Clarification of the error would help (is it a 404?) Version of Safari or OS X would help. Screenshots? Can you ping the site? If not no worries but does it at least resolve?

post #8 of 28
System Prefs >> Network >> Advanced >>DNS tab >> then delete any numbers in the DNS pane (if it lets you)

May be of no help at all, but perhaps worth a try.
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post #9 of 28
ehow.com is fine on safari and firefox

most likely the site was down or something. there has been some major exploits for windows making the rounds.

very few IE only sites anymore
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post #10 of 28
http://www.ehow.com/ wouldn't load in my InternetExplorer 5.2.3 for Mac either. Connection timed out.

And the W3C website validation service raises 51 red flags! That site is hot! Stay away.

post #11 of 28
There is a way.
You need to run IE6 on the Mac.
And you can do this WITHOUT installing Windows.
In other words you don't need a Windows license.
No bootcamp, no vmware, no parallel.
It'll run as if it is a native Mac app.
Needs X11 and Intel Mac.

http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/

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post #12 of 28
Ummm... And I still think (I'm not the nicest and the kindest soul out there, you know) the fellow has recently figured out how to spin up his hit counters. You all tried to go see those sites, right?

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post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by ivan.rnn01 View Post

You all tried to go see those sites, right?

Sure, and practically none of us got it loaded! So that's not going to be visible in his counters...
I.o.w. if his intent was to generate traffic for that site, he failed miserably!
Now, if this was the first website he built, this could be his way of testing whether he succeeded.
He didn't...
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Rokcet Scientist View Post

Sure, and practically none of us got it loaded!

Oh, please... MacTripper succeeded, so did bbwi and we-don't-know-how-many-more people.
I doubt so short and meaningful domain name as ehow remained available to little self-employed developer until now.
Anyway, I wouldn't click.

P.S. Website Title: eHow | How To Do Just About Everything! | How To Videos & Articles (I inquired "whois", I didn't click).

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post #15 of 28
I can still open "ehow" just fine in Safari... it's not a Mac/OSX/Safari problem he's having.
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post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
Going to the DNS tab didn't work for me. And no, ehow is not my website. Its just one that seems fairly popular. There was another website that wouldn't work on my mac, but it was my friends car detailing website and I figured that would make me look like a bigger spammer. But if I started the thread saying I can't get on certain websites, I guarantee the first question would be which websites, so to avoid that I gave a good example and apparently I'm not the only one. It just bothers be because every time I look something up on google, that site is one of the first ones to come up.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Kevzaz View Post

... every time I look something up on google, that site is one of the first ones to come up.

Wow... that really makes it sound like some sort of malware has made it's way onto your computer (Macs aren't immune to them, it's just that nobody writes malicious code targeting them... perhaps that's changing??) (and yes, UNIX/MacOSX would be more difficult to target, but still not impossible.)

Does that site also make the top of google's results when you search from another computer?? (the PC you mentioned.)
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post #18 of 28
If his Mac/Safari/Firefox won't allow loading that homepage – as mine does (refuse to load, that is) – I'd say that Mac apparently isn't falling for the malware on that ehow.com homepage*. But since King can load it, on his Mac/Safari, it could be that Kevzaz' and my ISPs have (already) blocked that ehow.com, while King's hasn't (yet).

*ehow.com is clearly not a kosher website code, according to the W3C test.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Rokcet Scientist View Post

If his Mac/Safari/Firefox won't allow loading that homepage as mine does (refuse to load, that is) I'd say that Mac apparently isn't falling for the malware on that ehow.com homepage*. But since King can load it, on his Mac/Safari, it could be that Kevzaz' and my ISPs have (already) blocked that ehow.com, while King's hasn't (yet).

*ehow.com is clearly not a kosher website code, according to the W3C test.

That sounds even more likely than my "on-computer malware" idea. ... but he say's he can get on through his PC (I'm assuming he's accessing it from the same ISP?)... but maybe the PC is in a different location (work?) on a different ISP.
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post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
I tried at my school on my mac (wont work)
and I tried at home on both my PC and mac and it wont work.
post #21 of 28
I just wanted to put it out there that I have this same problem. Every time I ask google a question it seems ehow has the answer and it's one of the first links on the search page but I get the same error page as the orginal poster. It's frustrating... my friend who has a mac said he doesn't have a problem with ehow so I do know it's something random but I have searched and searched and cant find an answer to what's going on.
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
I think I have finally found the answer. If you have peer guardian, turn it off.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Kevzaz View Post

I think I have finally found the answer. If you have peer guardian, turn it off.

You're right, Kevzaz!
I de-installed Peer Guardian (had forgotten what is was for anyway...), I repaired permissions and restarted, and Hey! Presto! eHow.com is suddenly accessible!

Thanks!
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Rokcet Scientist View Post

You're right, Kevzaz!
I de-installed Peer Guardian (had forgotten what is was for anyway...), I repaired permissions and restarted, and Hey! Presto! eHow.com is suddenly accessible!

Thanks!

I just bought my first mac...a macbook pro...i am a complete novice with computers so i am relatively certain that the problem i am having is from me not being able to adjust some small setting...i can't get into quite a few popular websites from my macbook..they are:

mail.yahoo.com (can't load the page at all)
www.scottrade.com (i can get to the website but can't login)
www.facebook.com (i can get to the website but can't login)

It's almost like sites that require a username and password I can't get to for some reason although I was able to login here...any idea what is going on? how I "deinstall peer guardian" like some others suggested? not sure if that will fix it but i don't even know how to do it so i can't even try...sorry for being such an amateur...i am a large apple shareholder but am brand new to the whole mac experience. a sincere thank you in advance for your help.
post #25 of 28
I have a macbook. I have tried Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. While there are quite a few sites that give me issues, most of the time I can find the information I need on a different site, but the one that's really irritating me is Netflix. I can't even get it to come up... it just spins like it's thinking about it, but it will never actually bring the site up (this is the same thing it does with various other sites). I believe an older version of Firefox did bring it up periodically but not often. I just tried eHow, since it's one talked about on this thread, and that happened to come up.

On my daughter's PC laptop, we have no issues at all, so normally, we just use hers, but she took it out of town with her, so I decided it's time to try to fix this.

I called Netflix and my ISP- neither could help at all.

I have never heard of Peer Guardian and don't see it on Finder or anything. I have Snow Leopard and everything's up to date. I even just got a new, bigger hard drive (but the problem happened both before and after that).

I don't recall this happening before the latest version of Firefox, at least on other sites besides Netflix. I got rid of Firefox all together out of vengeance and frustration. But, I still don't know what to do, at all. I looked through my System Prefs, but I can't see that any of that is causing an issue. Of course, I don't understand everything on there, either, but I do understand some of it.

I'd sure love the person who solves this for me.

Oh, so if it is malware, which I didn't know a Mac could actually get, how do I find out, and how do I fix it?
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Fiver View Post

I have never heard of Peer Guardian and don't see it on Finder or anything.

You have well over half a million files on that MacBook so inspecting them all with the Eyeball mark 1 is not an option. Use the Finder's Find function (Command-F) or Spotlight (on the extreme right in your menubar) to find Peer Guardian files, if they are on your MacBook.

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[...] I got rid of Firefox all together out of vengeance and frustration.

That is not wise.

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But, I still don't know what to do, at all. I looked through my System Prefs, but I can't see that any of that is causing an issue. Of course, I don't understand everything on there, either, but I do understand some of it.

I'd sure love the person who solves this for me.

Oh, so if it is malware, which I didn't know a Mac could actually get, how do I find out, and how do I fix it?

Malware is the catch-all for undesirable software. Two major kinds are viruses and Trojan Horses. Viruses are invisible. You can't click them. They sneak into PCs under the radar, unnoticed, unless caught by an active anti-virus scanner. There are over 130,000 viruses for Windows out there. Unprotected Windows PCs get infected after on average 14 seconds of connecting to the internet.

There are NO viruses for OSX! None! Zilch!

Another kind of malware is Trojan Horses. Trojans are visible. Trojans need to be actively installed by the user to start functioning. I.o.w. the user must click a Trojan for it to work. But obviously users wouldn't do that if they recognised it as a Trojan. So that's why Trojans masquerade as something harmless.
If you have clicked something untoward and did install a Trojan you may benefit from Sophos Endpoint or Avast cleaner software.
post #27 of 28
Hi guys!

I need your help please = for the last 2 days now I've not been able to access some regular websites

Please Note:
1) I joined this site a few minutes ago specifically to post this question
2) I am not a spammer! Just trying to save time and money by asking people more techy than me.
3) I'm not familiar with computer-speak at all, so when responding please give me lay instructions!

OK, so I'm using a Macbook OS X Version 10.4.11.

I can't get on to foxtons.co.uk or visionboardsite.com via safari or firefox, it just says ''Safari Can't find the Server". These are current websites as I have no problems viewing them from my iPhone. I saw an earlier suggestion to switch Peer Guardian but I don't have that.

Thanks in advance for your help!]

Simbi
post #28 of 28

I just got my mac laptop but im new to this i have always had microsoft laptops but i been having some issues that i really dont know how to resolve my boyfriend goes to his job website to try to do his training and it wont let him access it and my brother has been trying to access his online classes for school and he clicks on it and it keeps redirecting him to the same page his in how do i solve the problem please help! my boyfriend says that its because alot of programs fuction with windows but to me it sounds like it dont make sense please let me know if anyone can. just join a few minutes ago im not spammer just trying to get answers

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