A few weeks ago, I lost the ability to reach Google.com on my laptop (connected wirelessly to a Belkin MIMO router). At first, I thought it was a Firefox problem, but I found out I can't reach Google by IE either. I knew it wasn't the programs I installed since my desktop has all the same programs my laptop has (for the most part). At the suggestion of another user on another forum, I looked to see if my hosts file were hijacked and apparently, it was not. I am able to reach Google using the numerical address (http://18.104.22.168), but not by typing in "www.google.com". To further add confusion, my laptop is able to connect to Google in the usual way and through Firefox's search bar at my sister's home which has the same ISP as my home. Thus, it seems to me that the laptop isn't the problem.
I tried to reset the router and nothing seems to change. I know it isn't my ISP since I am able to connect to Google through the desktop. Even though the router is connected to the desktop, I suspect the wireless portion of the router to be the culprit. I do not have any filters set up and I haven't made any modifications to the router's settings. I don't understand why I have a selective block on Google on my wireless laptop only at home. No other search engine appears to be affected.
Does anyone have any thoughts to this really weird problem? I have posted this on three other forums, but I haven't had an answer. I really like using the search bar on Firefox and would hate to lose that functionality.