Recently, I found if I enter a single word query "blah" into a browser (Firefox or Safari) on my home Windows machine (not connected to domain) then search is redirected to Bing, instead of my default search engine Google.
I've suspected that it is not problem of the browser, but rather hostname resolving "feature". So, I've tried
> ping blah
and it outputs
... blah.mshome.net [126.96.36.199] ...
Whois on the IP said:
OrgName: Microsoft Corp OrgID: MSFT Address: One Microsoft Way City: Redmond StateProv: WA PostalCode: 98052 Country: US NetRange: 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206
When I checked the communication between the browser using Wireshark, I've got following:
GET / HTTP/1.1 Host: blah ...
HTTP/1.1 302 Found Cache-Control: private Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Location: http://www.bing.com/search?q=blah&form=MSSRPD Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.0 X-AspNet-Version: 2.0.50727 X-Powered-By: ASP.NET Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 23:20:03 GMT Content-Length: 166 <html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body> <h2>Object moved to <a href="http://www.bing.com/search?q=blah&form=MSSRPD">here</a>.</h2> </body></html>
This is quite annoying. It seems to me, that Microsoft tries hard to force user to use Bing (e.g. recent issue with Bing toolbar).
Could anyone help?