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    My dad has come back from China and neither Facebook nor Youtube load anymore. I am aware China blocks those websites from working but now back in Australia he still can't access those sites. He can access his accounts on other computers, just not his laptop. I have cleared cookies, deleted browsers and reinstalled, tried to logon as a different user on the same comp but nothing. He has OSX. Not sure what else to do apart from formatting and installing everything again to see if that works.

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    That's really weird. AFAIK the system in China should only stop you from accessing those sites while in China. My computer worked fine when I came back from China, and I've definitely never heard of anything like that before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    My dad has come back from China and neither Facebook nor Youtube load anymore. I am aware China blocks those websites from working but now back in Australia he still can't access those sites. He can access his accounts on other computers, just not his laptop. I have cleared cookies, deleted browsers and reinstalled, tried to logon as a different user on the same comp but nothing. He has OSX. Not sure what else to do apart from formatting and installing everything again to see if that works.

    Any help will be appreciated.
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    Thanks for no help guys

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    Only thing I can think of is some installer was placed when trying to connect to wifi or LAN.

    try flush and then renewing IP's.
    run-->cmd-->type "ipconfig/flushdns"-->type"ipconfig/renew"

    also check your IP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostman View Post
    Only thing I can think of is some installer was placed when trying to connect to wifi or LAN.

    try flush and then renewing IP's.
    run-->cmd-->type "ipconfig/flushdns"-->type"ipconfig/renew"
    Hehe, poor form recommending a Windoze solution;

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    My dad has come back from China and neither Facebook nor Youtube load anymore. I am aware China blocks those websites from working but now back in Australia he still can't access those sites. He can access his accounts on other computers, just not his laptop. I have cleared cookies, deleted browsers and reinstalled, tried to logon as a different user on the same comp but nothing. He has OSX. Not sure what else to do apart from formatting and installing everything again to see if that works.

    Any help will be appreciated.
    tbh, Airport is a **** bit of software if you need to do fine-grained network config. That's assuming it's a problem with the network config.

    All the press about the Great Firewall suggest China wanted to force PC venders to install blocking software but that they'd go in and do it without permission, I've not heard of this happening to anyone. Not to suggest they wouldn't though......

    If they have, good luck finding it. Apple lets you install software wherever you want so it could be anywhere but if it's not in your Dad's home folder or Applications, unless you have an idea of what you're looking for, I'd suggest a format/reinstall. If a *.nix server has been cracked, the admin will generally do a full clean so if you suspect some software as been installed without your say-so, probably a good idea. It sucks but that, among many other reasons, is why we back-up, kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    All the press about the Great Firewall suggest China wanted to force PC venders to install blocking software but that they'd go in and do it without permission, I've not heard of this happening to anyone. Not to suggest they wouldn't though......
    They were planning on introducing a compulsory blocking system in all new computers called Green Dam, under the pretense of protecting the children from the dirty, dirty internet. Interestingly enough, public backlash to it meant that its introduction was 'delayed' and AFAIK hasn't been seen since. But yeah, this is definitely the first I've heard of them installing stuff on other people's computers without permission/notification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Hehe, poor form recommending a Windoze solution;


    oops reading fail on my part.....

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    That's alright, on the desktop, OSX users don't exist anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    He has OSX.
    Forgive me for saying this but I believe the answer is in the question itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Chinese Communist Party pwn'd you. Lol.

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    Maybe there's cookies on the computer which are blocking the sites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    Maybe there's cookies on the computer which are blocking the sites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    My dad has come back from China and neither Facebook nor Youtube load anymore. I am aware China blocks those websites from working but now back in Australia he still can't access those sites. He can access his accounts on other computers, just not his laptop. I have cleared cookies, deleted browsers and reinstalled, tried to logon as a different user on the same comp but nothing. He has OSX. Not sure what else to do apart from formatting and installing everything again to see if that works.

    Any help will be appreciated.

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