I am going to www.facebook.com, but the site that appears is totally different. This occurs on Chrome 6+, IE9, and FF 3+. What could be happening? Is this a security risk?

Facebook was working just fine, then all of a sudden this happened.

screencap of Facebook.com, but the site is completely different

Update: The same problem occurs on my netbook.

Update 2: When I go to, it works fine. So... DNS problem? How do I fix?

Update 3: Checked the hosts file:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#       localhost
#   ::1             localhost

Looks like it hasn't been altered.

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    Did they change the UI AGAIN???? (jk) Feb 24, 2011 at 21:15
  • Flush your local dns... ipconfig /flushdns...tech-faq.com/how-to-flush-dns.html
    – Moab
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:24
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    Reboot your router. Check your router settings, see what dns servers it is using.
    – Moab
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:26
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    try changing your DNS server and see if the problem is still there. I think google's DNS server is and (sad that I have them memorized).
    – stoj
    Feb 25, 2011 at 1:03
  • Check your Internet Explorer proxy settings. A lot of malware will set that to a proxy on your own system to redirect, modify, and intercept traffic. Firefox and Chrome by default will follow that setting.
    – TuxRug
    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:17

9 Answers 9


Virus/Trojan/Worm or your DNS cache is hosed.

  • OP updated. Looks like there's a DNS problem. Does this exclude the possibility that this is a symptom of malware? (I'm guessing not.) Feb 24, 2011 at 21:18
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    @Rorsarch - No, a dns issue definitely does not eliminate malware. Lots of malware will use dns poisoning to redirect you to their pages. Feb 24, 2011 at 21:37
  • you can try to remove all virus/ trojan and flash dns cache using this command: ipconfig /flushdns Feb 25, 2011 at 2:08

Check your host file in


I wonder if someone changed an entry in there, maybe playing a prank on you.

  • I don't think it has been changed. (OP updated.) Feb 24, 2011 at 21:19

My first instinct is that it's a DNS problem. What happens when you try the test at the top of this guide?

Hm, that's unfortunate. From the same guide (emphasis original):

If things were working correctly with your exact same network setup, and then mysteriously stopped working, it's possible that your ISP's DNS servers are having problems. Contact your ISP's tech support to report the problem and ask them to fix it!

The ISP explanation seems likely because it's happening across all browsers. This has happened to me a few times, and it's always been resolved after a few hours without me doing anything. Fortunately, the site that was down was never critical.

It also couldn't hurt to try flushing your local DNS cache. Since you mentioned IE9, I assume you're using Windows 7. Pop open a command prompt and enter

ipconfig /flushdns

(or just enter that directly into the search/run box in the Start menu).

  • Looks likely. OP updated after doing that test. Feb 24, 2011 at 21:17

Switch your DNS servers to Google Public DNS and see if the problem persists.


Some malware will try to hack your router using well-known default router passwords. I suggest you get into your router interface and change the DNS Servers as others have suggested. (I like OpenDNS rather than Google - and Then CHANGE your router password so it doesn't get hacked again.

Cheers, Rich


Just wanted to add since it does seem to be some kind of DNS corruption, you can use NSLookup to see what IP address your PC thinks "www.facebook.com" corresponds to.

To use go to "Start"->"Run" and type NSLookup. Then simply type "www.facebook.com" at the prompt. See if it differs from what others have listed for www.facebook.com:

> www.facebook.com
Server:  <my dns server>
Address:  <my dns ip address>

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    www.facebook.com

Best of luck!


You might have downloaded a trojan without your notice... There are some virus files which will never allow you to get access to some popular website like FB and other (Depends upon the trojan code) So, I guess browser re-installation do not fix it because virus file is installed in your system's hard disk.

When coming to your Netbook. You might have transferred any data from your PC to Netbook this results carrying for your virus...

Probably Anti Virus scan and Registry scan together results no use...

So, now just manually click CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Task Manager and check for the processes and end what all the programs you have doubt (Hope you know what program processes you should not touch) And then try if your terminate the correct process 100% your issue will be rectified.

Check now probably FB will open correctly...

After this, all processes will start again with a reboot. So, manually search for the process name and use "F3" to make search in your hard disk and delete that file or block the access for that file from your anti virus firewall.

Hope this helps you.... Revert me back if it works or not or if you need any further assistance...


Solved this last month. I bet you are using a Linksys router? Update your router firmware and it goes away.

Please let me know if it works!

Good luck


Run your Command Prompt as administrator and copy and paste the following command:

ipconfig /flushdns

Then press 'Enter'

Works for me every time. Hope it works for you as wel!

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