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    • CommentAuthorzcobb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010
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    Dear OpenDNS -- I decided to try your services to solve this problem:

    It used to be that any time I mistyped a domain name such that DNS was looking for a non-existent name I was presented with a Search page powered by Yahoo at this address:

    http://searchassist.teoma.com

    This is not right. I never asked for this. If a domain does not exist I want the browser to tell me the domain does not exist. Period. No help required.

    Because this happened across all browsers on all platforms on my network I figured this was my ISP, HughesNet, that was doing this (have read of this with other ISPS including Verizon).

    So I switched my router to OpenDNS in hopes of fixing this. But this actually made the problem worse because unknown domains now take my browser to a sponsored web site. Entering fghfdghdfgh.com produce a full page ad for AARP via this site:

    http://sendoriads.searchassist.com

    So I'm wondering what the point of OpenDNS is if it can't stop this.

    Or am I missing the point.

    Thanks...Stephen
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010 edited
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    "Dear OpenDNS"
    Oops, we're just users like you, unless we have an orange O beside the nick.

    Visit your advanced settings and disable Typo Correction and the OpenDNS proxy,
    and you'll get what you're looking for. :cool:
    https://www.opendns.com/dashboard/settings/0/advanced

    In case you're behind a dynamic IP address, you must run an Updater to keep your IP address information updated at OpenDNS, else your settings above will not take effect.
    http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip/

    And, btw, your current redirections to sendoriads.searchassist.com have *nothing* to do with OpenDNS. OpenDNS would redirect you to http://guide.opendns.com/?url=example.com
    So, either you have some malware or adware on board still redirecting you, such like a fancy "tool bar", or you are not using OpenDNS at all. http://welcome.opendns.com/

    See also: http://forums.opendns.com/search.php?PostBackAction=Search&Keywords=searchassist&Type=Comments&btnSubmit=Search

    And you are sure you use OpenDNS, and not the DynDNS Internet Guide???
    • CommentAuthormiked
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010
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    This is your ISP doing this, and sadly OpenDNS can't help much.

    Unlike most normal ISPs, HughesNet proxies all user traffic to save on satellite bandwidth. You might be able to call them and ask them to disable it, or vote with your dollars and switch to another provider.
    Thankful People: zelus, OpenDNS User, enseco
    • CommentAuthorzcobb
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2010
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    THANK YOU both for the input. I am trying to write the definitive guide to this obnoxious process of hijacking the URL bar and this input is MUCH appreciated.

    In my case I knew (p99) it was not malware or spyware. I suspected HughesNet. I was hoping OpenDNS would avoid the problem (and it may do for users of other ISPs, e.g. Verizon, that also do this stuff).

    As for switching from HughesNet to a proper broadband connection, I can assure you there is nobody using HughesNet by "choice". I.e. nobody uses this HighesNet who has an alternative. It is truly the connection of last resort, in my case because I bought a small summer place in rural upstate New York and then was forced to live here year round by the collapse in the housing market. (I mean "force" as in "the only way I can move is to give the keys to the bank".)

    But thanks to your input here I can at least raise the issue with HughesNet and see what they say.
    Thankful People: maintenance
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    "I can assure you there is nobody using HughesNet by "choice". "

    QFT. :neutral:
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2010 edited
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    LOL. Not Quantum Field Theory (or others), but Quoted for Truth.

    Wow. No. Definitely not some of the others listed at Wiktionary!

    To further explain, I find the statement to be true due to the fact that most internet-by-satellite users are usually stuck between the death of dial-up and the lack of broadband penetration, and forced to use terribly slow and expensive connections which are heavily "optimized" by the provider if they want internet service at all. Broadband (and, historically, phone service) penetration into the less populated areas of the U.S. has been awful, even though subscribers have been "taxed" by the providers for decades purportedly to extend service to such areas. But it never happened.
    Thankful People: rotblitz
    • CommentAuthorRed Prince
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2010
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    >>Definitely not some of the others listed at Wiktionary!<<

    Dang! I thought you meant the last one! :tongue:
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    Aye, that would work, but I try to stay "family value-level polite" here. (That the "family values" in the States frequently defined by moral panic is sometimes confusing to those living in Euro, I have taken into account. :wink: )
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    I have been in the US for almost 30 years and I still do not understand why religious prejudices are marketed as “family values” here. :confused:
    • CommentAuthormaintenance
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010 edited
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    Hrm. Let us not go there. Not in this forum. :cool:

    edit: Yeah, I did start that, didn't I? It was a poor way to explain not intending to use the last definition in that list.
    • CommentAuthorzelus
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
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    Yeah, please, don't discuss that kind of stuff here guys.

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