In a fit of rage of trying to resolve this, I removed the dnsmasq-base. After restart, I noticed program launch becomes very slow (> 5 seconds), even though I have SSD. It mainly affected firefox, but even apt-get in terminal took too long to prompt me the password.
So this post is for anyone who might encounter this issue. So, DO NOT remove dnsmasq-base even though you don't need/disabled it.

Edit: dnsmasq-base can be removed if you don't need it, no issue for me so far.

  • Hi Saftever, please remove (SOVELD) from your questions, you will be able to accept your answers later to indicate it's solved. What's about the striked out text? – bummi Nov 20 '17 at 11:26

Turns out it was /etc/nsswitch.conf (source). I need to revert the problematic

hosts:          dns files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] resolve [!UNAVAIL=return]

to the default

hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] resolve [!UNAVAIL=return] dns
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