Apparently my internet thinks I've been reading too much Metafilter
February 6, 2012 9:17 AM Subscribe
My laptop won't connect to my favorite websites (including ask.mefi, sadface), but the rest of the internet works fine. I need help.
posted by annie o to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 2011 Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard (not Lion). This weekend it, without any obvious precipitating event, stopped connecting to my favorite websites.
Most of the internet works, but I can't access Metafilter at all (on a different internet connection and computer now), and I can access websites like the nytimes.com and Facebook only intermittently, even in the same session - by which I mean one minute they will load and then I will go to the next page of an article and it won't work at all, even though I can load other websites just fine. The rest of the internet works without any problems.
Things I have tried:
Restarting the wireless router
Refreshing the "DHP license" in the network settings
Using a different computer on the same connection (same problem)
I have no idea what's happened. The *only* possible thing that triggered this was that I (really stupidly) read a spam email with an auto-loading picture (gah!) before (I think?) this started. So now I'm sort of paranoid I have some sort of virus or something. I'm not sure if this is realistic or not. This seems a little unlikely since it seems like any computer on my home connection has this problem, not just mine.
I've been googling for answers for both the internet thing and for mac viruses, but what I've found is fairly confusing and feels scammy.
Suggestions for the internet issue included stuff like using a proxy or resetting various addresses, which are a bit beyond me. So, if that stuff will actually work can you please explain it to me like I have no idea what you're talking about (because I don't)?
Suggestions from googling for the potential virus issue just seem really suspect, so if that's something I need to be addressing, I need help finding an appropriate Mac de-virusing software.
I won't be able to try suggestions until tonight (away from the problem connection/computer), but hopefully you guys can help!