I am unable to browse to google.com, I can if I use one of Google's IP's (e.g. 220.127.116.11) but when I attempt to browse by DNS I get no where. So I tried to ping google.com and instead of getting replies from one of googles many IP's, I get replies from my local host (127.0.0.1)
Now I have no persistent routes set up for google traffic or any traffic for that matter, and it's not an issue in my hosts file, so I tried to repair the network connection (ipconfig/release, renew, flushdns, registerdns, arp -d *, nbtstat -R and -RR) still nothing. So I reset my winsocks ("netsh winsock reset" and "netsh int ip reset") and still no go, so I restore the PC to a couple days ago, but alas, ping google.com still goes to 127.0.0.1 . To be on the safe side I did the same troubleshooting from before the restore after the restore, and I'm still out of luck.
Odd thing is I was browsing around on google all day yesterday morning (when I started working on this).
More odd (maybe) is that I can browse to images./video./news./blogsearch./books./froogle./groups.google.com and I can browse to maps.google.com, but the map itself shows "We're sorry, but we don't have maps at this zoom level..." and I cannot browse to mail.google.com (perhaps the most frustrating of the symptoms).
As far as I can tell, google is the only affected site.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.