How to Stop OpenDNS from Redirecting Invalid URLs to Their Search Pages?

How to Stop OpenDNS from Redirecting Invalid URLs to Their Search Pages?

When you type a non-existent web domain in your web browser (such as gmail.com instead of gmail.com), you are redirected to an OpenDNS search page, not the default “address not found” error in your browser. This fix will replace the opened Open DNS settings.

How to Stop OpenDNS from Redirecting Invalid URLs to Their Search Pages?
How to Stop OpenDNS from Redirecting Invalid URLs to Their Search Pages?

We love OpenDNS, but for an annoying feature where OpenDNS automatically redirects typos and invalid URLs on its own ad-indexed pages as this screenshot.

Explain to me – If you type a non-existent web domain in your web browser (such as gmail.com instead of gmail.com), you will go to the OpenDNS search page and will not see the default “address not found”. Error in your browser

If you prefer to change the default behavior and prevent OpenDNS from displaying “search suggestions”, then here’s a very simple solution.

Step1. Go to OpenDNS.com and register for a free account.

Step 2. Associate your local computer’s IP address with your OpenDNS account. There are two possibilities – your ISP can give you a steady IP (which does not change) or your IP can be given a dynamic meaning that is assigned a new one every time you are connected to the Internet.

If your computer is assigned a dynamic IP, go here and download the OpenDNS desktop client (available for Mac and Windows). It runs in the background and changes your IP address in OpenDNS at regular intervals. Static IP owners can skip this step.

Step 3. Open OpenNS Dashboard -> Network, type your IP address and click “Add this Network”. – Your IP address, whether it is static or dynamic, is listed in the top right corner of the OpenDNS website.

Step 4. Once you associate your IP address with Open DNS, go to Dashboard -> Settings -> Advanced Settings and uncheck “Enable typing improvements” under Domain Typeos. Apply changes, wait five minutes and you will see standard browser error messages and not OpenDNS branded Yahoo! Search result.

I wish this would be the default setting but again, the business model of OpenDNS and so is totally acceptable. If you are using Firefox with Google Search, you may want to check this trick even after redirecting Google searches.

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