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Since version 22 of Firefox (now i'm on 25), very few links posted after google searches are working. I keep getting this message.

"Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at www.googleadservices.com.

   The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
   If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network connection.
   If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web."

I've followed the various suggestions offered since others have been experiencing this same issue and I still have the same issue. I tried safe mode and a full reset (which I regret since FF is not the same anymore)...

I actually downloaded 2 other browsers and none is giving me these errors. I've been a long time (since the beginining) FF user and working Search feature is a must. Hope I can resolve this - Thanks

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Question owner

I've tried the suggestions in those pages before

... all editing in about:config with dns prefetching and ipv6 

firewall allowing Firefox turned off AV too cookies and cache cleared, check for malware... yada, yada, yada. None of those address the issue I am having

...which is with links that surface from a Google Search ... these links are usually very large with a lot of letters, symbols and numbers (which are all 'GoogleAdServices') I have tried the same links side by side with other browsers and they do work ! ... but not with FireFox since version 22.

BTW, I dual boot with Both Windows and Linux partition and it's happeninng with FireFox for both OS's. Also happening on both laptop and desktop computer ... version 22 on laptop and version 25 on desktop.

Modified by Darrtz

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What are the connection settings?

If you do not need to use a proxy to connect to internet then try to select "No Proxy" if "Use the system proxy settings" or one of the others do not work properly.

See "Firefox connection settings":

Are you sharing the profile between Windows and Linux or do each have their own profile folder?
In case of the former you can try a new profile.

Did you check for issues caused by the router in case both operating systems use the same router?

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Question owner

no proxy clicked since i don't use that.

Router has 2 ipv6 firewalls and they are both turned off... don't see anything else that could interfere there. The windows and Linux are completely seperate entities which do not share anything...2different systems.

btw, i get same error on my laptop while on other locations too...

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Question owner

I took a closer look and noticed that GoogleADLinks that don't open for me end in =rja If it doesn't, it works...

Here is a sample of some links that don't open: http://www.2shared.com/document/m1lLfsLG/SamplaGoogleADLinks.html

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Question owner

To all that are having this same issue ... I started using http://duckduckgo.com which is a search engine which returns FireFox friendly working links. (a good option if you don't plan to change browsers)

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