Safari 8.0.2, OS X 10.10.1--Problem occurring in Mac Pro 2009 and MBP ret 2012.

Once I log into my employer's VPN, Safari has a quite unique problem:

  • if I go to Google, do a search and click on any result link, I get a "Safari Can't Open the Page" screen

  • if I do the exact same Google search on Firefox or Chrome (latest versions) they will load the linked page without any problems

  • if I type any web address in the Safari URL bar, it will load that page normally

  • if I click on a Safari bookmark that page loads normally

This appears to be a problem localized to Safari and how Google redirects a search result to the appropriate URL. This problem does not happen with Yahoo or Bing.

Has anyone seen this behavior or know how to troubleshoot?

  • What is your setting for Safari, Default search and default browser?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 21:15
  • Google and Safari, respectively
    – loloca
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 4:54
  • Thank you, one more: Is the problem only when you connect using VPN?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 5:39
  • that is correct--only through vpn, safari and google
    – loloca
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 12:48
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    I think you are on to something. It is possible your company VPN has some restrictions that only affect Safari for some reason.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 17:54

1 Answer 1


Copy the URL that gives you trouble and paste it into the address bar. You said that pasting the URL directly works. Does it for that URL?

From there on you can try to reach that server by using the ping command in terminal. You can see if the DNS is properly resolved to an IP and also if any connections are blocked to that IP.

traceroute <host> might also give you a hint on what is going wrong.

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