I have just moved from a Windows laptop to a macbook air and I am facing an issue that certain web-sites are not loading in my mac - both Safari and Chrome browsers. In chrome I am getting the error as ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED and in Safari it shows as Server is not responding

Again reiterating, its only for a few sites I am getting this message and others are working fine. Any idea what I need to check?

P.S - On initial googling I have added both the browsers to the firewall exception list. Also please note that I am completely new to a mac and so need explicit instructions to follow (sorry for that - but till now I havent used anything else except Windows!!)

Let me know if I need to provide any other info!

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This post from the Apple Support Communities might help: Link

Things to try according to this post:

  • Settings/Networks/Advanced/Proxys, Discover new proxys
  • Check the ignored domains for blocked domains
  • Safari/Preferences/Advanced - enable the Develop menu, then empty caches
  • Safari/History/Show History - delete all history items
  • Restart your router (obvious one, but often works well)

One other thing to try: - Change the DNS server to Google:,

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    Thanks for the options. The other steps didnt resolve anything but changing DNS to Google helped!
    – Sid
    Mar 19, 2016 at 13:07

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