How do I change the DNS server my computer uses ?
Note that if you are behind a router, you may have to change DNS settings using the router management interface, rather than the ones in Windows.
To change DNS servers in Windows XP/2k/2k3 Server use the following steps:
1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Network Connections and locate the network device associated with your Internet connection (often labeled "Local Area Connection" with broadband). Make sure to use the right one before proceeding.
2. Right-click on the network connection, and choose Properties.
3. In the General tab, double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
4. In the bottom half of the window, choose to "Use the following DNS server addresses:"
5. Add one or more DNS servers, click OK to exit all windows.
There are a number of public DNS servers one can use with the above, you might want to try a Google search, or one of the following:
126.96.36.199 - Google
188.8.131.52 - Google
184.108.40.206 - OpenDNS
220.127.116.11 - OpenDNS
18.104.22.168 - ScrubIt
22.214.171.124 - ScrubIt
126.96.36.199 - dnsadvantage
188.8.131.52 - dnsadvantage
Note: Please let us know if some of these are out of date, or if you feel there are faster/better public DNS servers we should add.