ISPs hijack failed searches2007-11-17 by TonyT
As you know, you can search directly from the address bar in modern Web browsers. This functionality is built into the browser and is configurable via menus, preferences (options) or toolbar buttons. Some browsers let you select your search engine of choice to use for adress bar searching.
by Keilaron - 2007-12-01 10:58
About the DNS entries:
Isn't it the other way around? When a computer receives it's IP data from DHCP, it also receives the DNS configuration from the DHCP server (usually a router, but not always); Thus, it would be the computers with /static/ IPs that would need to be given the new DNS addresses. On the other hand, if all those systems use the router for DNS lookups anyway, then it doesn't matter: They're all going to use the correct information anyway, whether directly or indirectly.
by KD4SSS - 2008-10-27 09:16
by anonymous - 2008-11-09 10:40
by Cruentos Solum - 2009-06-08 17:06
Concerning DHCP, it doesn't necessarily provide DNS servers automatically. You can use the DHCP server to provide DNS servers as well as appointing IP addresses to computers on the network, but not necessarily.
If DHCP is activated then usually the computers use the DHCP server AS a DNS server anyways, which itself redirects all DNS queries / requests to the real DNS server. This is why you use your router's IP address ( 220.127.116.11 for example ) as a DNS server and it still works. It's not actually a DNS server, it's just redirecting DNS traffic to the Real DNS servers. It's not 100 percent reliable which is why you have the option of setting the DNS servers manually on your computer, even if you use DHCP for obtaining the IP.
So actually, if you set the DNS address on the router you wouldn't 'theoretically' need to set up the DNS address on the computers, whether you are using static or dynamic IPs for your network, since the router will redirect DNS requests towards the DNS servers assigned. I think the author means if you are using static IPs ( i.e. you are not using DHCP ) then you have to assign the DNS addresses to each computer manually instead of using the automatic setting, and if using DHCP then you only need to set up the DNS server IPs on the router, which will then act as a DNS server to the computers through DHCP.
@KD4SSS: to disable the hijack you can simply use a different DNS server, that of another ISP which doesn't hijack your connection or from a free DNS service provider: opendns.org is an example, and you can get more from http://theos.in/windows-xp/free-fast-public-dns-server-list/. To set up your DNS settings manually, go to start => connections => right click on your connection and then select properties. In the window that opens, click on the 'Network Properties' tab, select the line 'Internet Protocol TCP/IP' and then click on properties ( make sure you leave it checked ). In the new window, click on the 'Use the following DNS servers', and enter the IPs of the DNS server of your choice ( e.g. 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 ). Click on OK to confirm, then OK for all the windows that you opened to confirm the changes.
@anonymous: is it legal to force feed us with ads whenever the occasion arises? Don't we have a choice? Can't we pick our own search engine? Can't we refuse to let them make money off of our legitimate use of something that we're paying THEM for?