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[MaximumPC] Several US ISPs Hijacking And Redirecting Their Customers' Search Queries

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What do you expect to come up when you search for a term in Google or Bing? Page after page of relevant results, right? Wrong, buster – at least if you're a customer of an ISP that engages in search query redirection. Late last night, a report surfaced that reveals that several ISPs, with the help of a company called PaxFire, have secretly been hijacking your traffic when you search for a certain major keywords. Why? Revenue, of course.
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post #2 of 19
No surprise here. Just don't use your ISPs DNS server.
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post #3 of 19
I'm not surprised. It's the United States after all, big businesses can do anything and the government couldn't care less as long as they pay their taxes on time.

Ah, America!
post #4 of 19
Wouldn't using Open DNS fixed this?

(Who doesn't use Open DNS?)
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
(Who doesn't use Open DNS?)
Me, as open dns hijacks the Firefox's URL address bar search.

Using Firefox with open DNS, if I type google in the url bar, open dns kicks in with their search results about google. Or any other term besides google. Type in wiki, you get open dns search results of wiki.
post #6 of 19
My isp in britain does this, so i switched to googles DNS servers.
    
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Changing dns servers, Never even heard of it... Fios google search works fine for me ... :/
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post #8 of 19
How the heck do I even find out if I'm using Open DNS or not?
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post #9 of 19
I can't use OpenDNS, last time I tried ATT shut down my connection.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
How the heck do I even find out if I'm using Open DNS or not?
Control panel -> Network -> Manage connections -> Right click your LAN connection (or wifi, if relevant) -> Properties -> IPv4 Properties -> DNS Settings.

If it's "obtain automatically" then you're probably using your ISP's servers. Otherwise you can search for "google DNS" or "OpenDNS" and find the dns server IPs for those and put them in.

You're on your own for other OSs. ;p
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