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DNS Problems Hit Yahoo

Updated: Yahoo, one of the largest web sites on the planet, is being plagued by series of problems related to Domain Name System (DNS). A test using Gomez’s testing service shows error messages in certain cities such as Chicago. Others are experiencing slower access to Yahoo web sites, including the home page. There is already some chatter about this on Twitter, where people are pointing to problems with Yahoo Finance pages. If you have experienced these problems do let me know in the comments. I am going to try and talk to Yahoo and get to the bottom of it as quickly as I can.

Update: In response to my inquiry, Yahoo sent over an official statement via email, which reads:

“Yahoo! experienced a disruption in service earlier today that affected users in some geographic areas. We’ve addressed the issue and full service is now available. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

103 Responses to “DNS Problems Hit Yahoo”

  1. Beth Raymond

    Since the beginning of this week – Sept 7th – I cannot get into YAHOO at all using IE 7.0.5. I either get directed to that stupid BING site, and whenever I click on any of the links there, I get the ‘Internet Explorer cannot display the Webpage’ msg. Or it goes directly to the same message.

    No other site is affected – just YAHOO. So I can’t access my mail, or do anything connected with YAHOO. THis is driving me to distraction, and I can’t even notify YAHOO as I CAN’T GET ONTO THEIR WRETCHED SITE! And, yes, I am screaming. Very loudly.

    Once…if..this … gets resolved, I am outta YAHOO so quickly they won’t see me for dust.

  2. I’ve wondered for some time what’s going on with Yahoo. It is very very slow to respond and drives me crazy. This is intermittent, but more often than not. I leave it alone and go brush my teeth or fix lunch and sometimes when I come back it still hasn’t responded. I’ve thought they have too many people working and changing too many things but then I’m not very knowledgeable about computers.

  3. Many of my friends and contacts have e-mails in Yahoo (the com and the es version), and already for about a week there are problems delivering my email to them from my domain account. However, sending from my Hotmail account there seems to be no problem. Maybe this comment helps.

  4. Free James

    I live in Indiana. Yahoo has been acting crazy on me for the past week and a half. When trying to write something in the subject box, it will not let me. Matter of fact It auto generates the subject line.

    Here are some examples:

    – LipSmack heartAttack girlie girl in a pink sleep sack

    – How to Comb Your Curly Hair

    – Is your coffee table decaff?

    – Your earrings would make a great fishing lure!

    – Quote me as saying I was misquoted.

    – four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie

    – Thank god and Greyhound she’s gone

    – Scratch golfer finds ball in poison oak

    – rotating platinum pants

    – My favorite color is Vanna White
    THIS IS JUST PER CRAZY!!! Guess I am going to have to go to another, like AOL or something.

  5. francisco

    I was thinking I had a virus of something my computer does not load
    I reformat my hard drive I reinstall windows I still can’t connect.

    Please let me know how to fix it.


  6. Bill Crewe

    For the past two weeks or so my Yahoo email has been TWITCHY – it jumps up and down making it very hard to write. Sometimes it just jumps out of the email I’m typing and I lose it altogether. It’s not my computer as I have two and it’s the same on both. Any reasons/suggestions/solutions????

  7. Wayland

    I’m in Georgia (USA), and for the past couple of days, my mail (beta not classic) would load up and then freeze the browser. I know the problem isn’t on my end.

  8. Emanuela

    I cannot access Yahoo since a week.. I supposed it was due to the browser but firefox. explorer, fock, camino.. none of this work.. I’m in Northern Italy.. Does anybody knows what’s happening?


    I live in Washington state and ever since this morning I can not get Yahoo to come up. It is now 1:20 pm PST and still not working. I know everyone else here at work is having the same problem.
    Msn & Google are working for us.

  10. I’m having problems logging in with yahoo messenger. yahoo websites are way too slow. Anyone experiencing this?
    I’m here at the philippines, just wondering if this is global yahoo problem.

  11. can’t access any yahoo web service especially yahoo mail….i did some troubleshooting within my proxy server (ISA) and client computers..still no result im in philippines please help..wat’s going on?

  12. yup.. I get the same thing. I’ve tried several solutions. It still doesn’t work, although it’s only been a few days for me.

    Oddly, I did turned off my firewall and did a dns flush, and it was fixed for about 15 minutes. But then it reverted. And the fix doesn’t do anything anymore.

  13. Michel Blong

    my yhoo still not working either it hs been over 2 months now 7 still cn’t get the thing to work no emils of ny sort sorry eigh not working proper neednew keybord. Unhppy in NZ no emils from yhoo.

  14. David Corsiglia

    It has been weeks since stopped working for my home page. I have gone round and round following recommendations which just don’t work. It appears to be a Yahoo problem (not IE, Cox, MS or Antivirus) and they don’t appear to be working on a fix. Unless MS infected Yahoo with a virus to reduce the company’s value for takeover, I cannot explain the sudden and complete failure of the Yahoo pages and links.

  15. yahoo page opens with explorer but am unable to open mail link or any other options on yahoo. running trend micro scan for second time and is not resolving issue. what’s going on with yahoo? hotmail and gmail are working fine. is it internet explorer that is having the problem? noticed that yahoo has a recommendation in the left corner to use Firefox 3 and is wondering if explorer has banned the yahoo site access or if there has been a known problem with explorer hence why yahoo is suggesting a switch. issues have been very frustrating!

  16. FROM MADISON, WI – MyYahoo! homepage not available, all email disappeared, all contacts. Very frustrating. Will not allow me to use any homepage except Yahoo! Even after changing settings using “Tools” in WinXP.

  17. 2:39pm Yahoo home page not loading, will not open mail, yahoo msg shutting down on its own, pc-pc calls ending on own yo name we have experienced it. Hubby is in Iraq and yahoo msg wont let in log in for hours at at a time, and the home page is not loading there either. Come on Yahoo is there a virus or what????

  18. 11:30am- Milwaukee WI area; was able to log onto yahoo mail & read msg’s. When trying to reply to email, error msg: “The page cannot be displayed” blah blah blah…and at end of page: “Cannot find server or DNS Error”.

    can not even get yahoo home page to load. have tried several times even restarted system. internet explorer still working & can access other e-mails.
    This is the 1st time that I have had any problems with Yahoo. Do they know of todays problems?

  19. Same problem today, Dec 28th, in Seattle – pointing to Yahoo and Yahoo mail. Yahoo loads with the IP address, but domain name will not resolve. will not load with either.

    I switched DNS providers and still had the problem.