Going to your chosen search engine when you type wrong URL

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Post Posted August 3rd, 2016, 11:30 am

It used to be that when I typed in an incorrect URL, one that doesn't exist, Google (or whichever was my chosen search engine) would appear with search results based on that incorrect URL.

But these days I get an 'Unable to find website' page from my ISP, which is Virgin UK. This page is useless and never has any useful search results. (I'm not talking about just typing in a few words, and then pressing return. Google does come up for that. I mean typing in a whole URL, but one that doesn't exist anywhere on the web, like twitter.comz).

Is there a way to set Sea Monkey so Google appears again when I make this mistake? Or is this Virgin taking things into their own hands and there's nothing I can do about it?

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Post Posted August 3rd, 2016, 12:42 pm

You might be able to manually set your computer to use a different DNS server (not Virgin's) and see if this stops happening.

Here's a list:
I've used Google's before with success.


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Post Posted August 5th, 2016, 1:45 am

Yeah, Virgin has a bad habit of 'hijacking' your DNS (see ... a_opendns/).

You should be able to disable it at:

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Post Posted August 5th, 2016, 1:55 am

Thanks for that. I have disabled it.

I had previously tried to disable it by clicking on a link that said would enable me to disable this service, but it only ever took me to a 'Can't find the page you're looking for' message.

However, now I'm just getting the old standard 'Address not found' page. How do I get a Google search to appear instead? Was I ever able to do this, or was I imagining it? (On Internet Explorer a Google search comes up if I type a non-existent URL.)

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Post Posted August 5th, 2016, 7:23 am

You were never able to do this if what you typed looks like a valid domain. AFAIK you're always able to do it otherwise.

BTW, NoRedirect is another way to stop some types of DNS hijacking.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!


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Post Posted August 5th, 2016, 7:57 am

Mozilla is coming up with a fix for that, New Test Pilot Program - No More 404s Powered.
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Post Posted August 5th, 2016, 4:42 pm

But the proper response to an incorrect URL that does not exist is to give an error message. That is how the Internet was set up to work.

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