On Hexchat, a lot of people asked me what the "error" looks like, & what comes up on the screen when I click on yahoo's login page, so posting the screen-shot of the same in case someone wants to see it - https://ibb.co/dLKCKp
Again, most websites are loading fine, even yahoo.com's front page loads perfectly fine for me but when I click on Sign In or Mail link at the right-hand corner to log into the mail (or even if I try to enter the login page from google search-results), or click on any of the News stories on the yahoo front page, then they fail to load, like the screen-shot linked above.
Initially, I thought it must be a problem with my internet, so I called up my internet-provider but to my surprise, when he connected his laptop to the same wired connection that I use, yahoo mail login page loaded instantaneously on his laptop. I've also tried using different browsers - Firefox, Opera, Chromium, Chrome & Midori - to no avail. Tried using different User Accounts. Disabled the firewall. Disabled the add-ons in browsers. And, probably other things suggested by people on Hexchat, that I can't remember right now.
This is the output for "inxi -Fxz" as suggested in the 'How to get help' thread:
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System: Host: sublime-H81M-S Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: MATE 1.8.1 (Gtk 3.10.8~8+qiana) Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: H81M-S v: x.x Bios: American Megatrends v: F1 date: 06/11/2014 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-4130 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 13569 clock speeds: max: 3400 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 800 MHz 4: 3400 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel 4th Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Card-2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0 Card-3 Logitech Webcam C270 driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 003-002 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.13.0-37-generic Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (84.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000AZRX size: 500.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 48G used: 21G (46%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4 ID-2: /home size: 395G used: 358G (96%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5 ID-3: swap-1 size: 16.78GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured? Info: Processes: 183 Uptime: 6:45 Memory: 7725.8/11886.6MB Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28