My Home computer was having a serious redirect issue for well over a year. When I was doing a Google search and clicked on one of the results, the page always got redirected to a different page. This had happened to other computers in my house and also to visitor’s computers.
This unpleasantness puzzled me and annoyed me all the time. Here is what I had to do when I clicked on one of the search results, I closed the new window that was opening and clicked again, or clicked the back button and clicked again to go to the page I wanted to. (double clicking but with a wait in between)
It was effecting all the browsers. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer. Slowed the computer down. Even clicking on a link in a website redirected me to some other website.
Anyway the solution came as a surprise. I was searching to speed up blog speed and came upon a site that was talking about different settings for DNS. (Domain Name System)
My ISP (Internet Service Provider) is virgin media and they are known to screw people where ever they can. So I’ve decided to change the DNS settings and voile, all the redirects stopped at once.
I was suspecting this Advertising scam was caused by my ISP and I thought they might have installed a virus in my modem or router, but no proof. I even called tehir customer service asking them about it, but they denied it.
I call it a scam because companies and websites pay virgin media for the advertising and virgin media redirects us to these pages. I never looked at any of them and I assume others don’t either so it’s just an extra stupid expense for those that was scammed.
DNS or Domain Name System is like a phone book. Wikipedia: (An often-used analogy to explain the Domain Name System is that it serves as the phone book for the Internet by translating human-friendly computer hostnames into IP addresses. For example, the domain name www.example.com translates to the addresses 126.96.36.199 (IPv4) and 2620:0:2d0:200::10 (IPv6).
When a computer is set to get it’s DNS automatically from their ISP (Internet Service Provider) they can attach advertisements or redirect commands.
So I’ve set mine to Open DNS and here are the instructions of how to do that.