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[ubuntu] Browsers+Pidgin not working (but Tor-browser+xchat are)

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http://ubuntuforums.org – So it's not a new install, and I haven't made any major changes recently...but this afternoon my firefox and pidgin failed to connect. (Pidgin returns "no address associated with hostname"). I tried elinks (another browser) and it also failed to connect...so it's not a firefox issue or anything...but then when I tried my Tor-Browser-Bundle, *IT* worked. (Which is how I'm posting here). And when I tried XChat, *it* worked (also through Tor)...other than the gods giving me a sign to stop using non-Torified services...what the heck is going on?:confused: But I'm still pretty newb, so i (Hardware)