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I have someone who's trying to connect to the internet from a connection where the DNS server seems to be down. They can connect if I give them an ip address, but it can't resolve normal names.

I tried getting them to change the DNS used from the internet options (setting it to use Google's) - however that didn't work - apparently the isp captures all dns requests.

I also tried with a proxy but that didn't work either.

Is there another solution to the problem?

This isn't a case of censorship or anything, so there's no need to remain anonymous or whatever - I just need a way of 'forcing' the use of another dns server or routing the internet using something else.

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Try using OpenDNS – HackToHell Jul 1 '12 at 15:37
Already tried changing the DNS from the connection options. I'll give it another go I guess. – Haedrian Jul 1 '12 at 15:42

If it is a small list of sites where DNS lookups are failing you can add them to the host file on that machine. Host file paths for popular operating systems:

  • Linux: /etc/hosts
  • Macintosh OS X: /etc/hosts
  • Macintosh OS 9: In System Folder>Preferences, in the System Folder, see if you have a "Hosts" file. If not, create one in a text editor.
  • WindowsXP Home: C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • Windows NT/2000/XP Pro: c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • Windows 95/98/Me: c:\windows\hosts
  • Windows 7/Vista: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
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What gave you the impression that only some sites were failing? – Synetech Jul 8 '12 at 16:09

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