for some reason, certain outgoing traffic on my server gets routed to the apache webserver i am running. this problem just started happening. i have the webserver set up to use vhosts, the webserver config hasn't been changed for probably a month.
if i try to open a connection to say google.com (note their is no www in the address), the page that shows is the default page for my webserver (meaning the site doesn't have a vhost). if i would have used www.google.com, it would show the expected google homepage.
i don't know why this started happening, it is really weird. any help? running centos 6.3 x64
edit: i see the default page for my webserver if i use the webserver as a socks proxy for my computer at home. i just downloaded vnc and firefox on the server and tried navigating on there, it goes to the default webserver page too. if i use wget, it gets the proper page from the real google website. other processes on the server that try to open a connection to google.com (as well as other websites) show up in apache log files as well. from the machine, i can ping google.com and get the proper ip address it maps to.