My old MacBook has come out of retirement after about two years turned off. It connected to my WiFi but the browsers complain it's insecure and might be connected to servers pretending to be the ones I'm entering. And my ISP's security features are warning me I'm not using their DNS (which explains the browser warnings too I guess).

I've tried forgetting the network and logging back in, and deleting any DNS settings I can see in system settings, and re-setting DHCP->manual and back, and nothing works.

Do I need to wipe all WiFi settings or is there something else? On ethernet it works fine (it's one of those antique MacBooks before Apple improved them by removing such things).


IIRC, there is a pretty simple way to do this! The first set of instructions in this link explains it pretty well, but in case the link breaks, here is the text from the site. The idea is to delete the network configuration related plist files.

  1. Turn off Wi-Fi from the menu bar.
  2. Navigate to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ in Finder by pressing ⌘ + Shift + G.
  3. Select the following files:
    • com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
    • com.apple.network.identification.plist
    • com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
    • NetworkInterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plist
  4. Copy these files in a safe location so that if anything gets messed up, you can easily restore them.
  5. Delete the files (from the original location).
  6. Reboot your Mac and enable Wi-Fi again.

Let me know how this goes!

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