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When I browse to some retail websites, my browser briefly directs to From there it tries to open a popup and then forwards to the site that I actually want. I first noticed this with I initially thought it was adware I had accidentally installed. However, it happens for all computers in my home and "fresh installs."


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If you have a router or switch, check its DNS settings. Otherwise, check your computer's DNS settings. And also check your computers for viruses (yes, they can be inside all your home computers). – Jet Oct 1 '13 at 20:26
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I spoke to my ISP. They said it is their DNS service that does this. They said if I don't like it I can use a different DNS service.

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They really should have said change their ISP :) They shouldn't do this. For DNS, the two big ones are Google DNS (good cause they are fast, bad because that's yet another bit of info you send Google) and there's OpenDNS. – Rich Homolka Oct 3 '13 at 1:23
A blog post about this particular ISP and their DNS trick:… – Michael Pryor Jan 1 '14 at 0:43

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