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Steve Herrod
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when trying to open ebay.com, i get a 403 forbidden message

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when trying to open ebay.com, i get a 403 forbidden message on firefox or ebay in chinese on safari. it is not a network issue cause i do not have this issue on my pc computer. i am on ebay a lot but cannot work it from my mac, which is annoying. does not do this with other websites'


Steve Herrod :

Hi, I'll be happy to help with this issue

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can you let me know what happens if you setup a new user account on the Mac and login as that user?

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If you go to Apple menu-->System Preferences-->Accounts

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Click on the Padlock to make changes and then the + icon to add the new account

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once created, restart and login as the new user and test Ebay

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that should indicate where the issue lies

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Let me know

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Cheers

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Steve

Customer:

ok let me check

Steve Herrod :

no problem

Customer:

sorry, had to log off thn back on

Steve Herrod :

that's ok

Customer:

so far works with safari - no text in chinese but downloading now firefox to se if works there too

Steve Herrod :

ok

Customer:

well, seems you fix it - so my others userrs will stay "infected"?

Steve Herrod :

there may be some corruption of preference files on the other user accounts

Steve Herrod :

I would try a Reset of Safari on the account with an issue to see if that helps?

Customer:

i see - i ll try that - thanks. at least now i can work :-)

Steve Herrod :

No problem :)

Customer:

enjoy thanksgiving :-)

Steve Herrod :

you too

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

still the issue rise - just got ebay in chinese again :-(

Thanks - is that on the new account or the original account?

Cheers

Steve
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

on the new account user we have created


 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

and it does it on both - 403 forbidden on safari and ebay in chinese on firefox, both with the new user you made me create

Thanks - it might be worth checking some DNS settings, quick question are you with Verizon?

cheers

Steve
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes, with verizon


 

Thanks -ok, can you follow the details below to get the Mac to use Google's DNS servers and see how that goes?

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then click Network.
  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:
    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
  6. Click Apply and OK.

Let me know how that goes

 

Cheers

 

Steve