Wednesday, August 6, 2008

How to change Rogers search hijack

Couple of weeks ago I noticed that when I typed a bad address on my browser, instead of getting the all known and familiar Google Results page I was getting a Rogers page. Apparently Rogers added this feature after customer feedback requests.

In my opinion this feature might be helpful for the not so tech savy people, but a draw back for others.

There is an easy way to fix this and it's by changing your DNS settings, the problem is that you need to provide the DNS server of your choice. This were a service like OpenDNS comes in. They are a free as in beer DNS service (or free as in Google) that provides faster, safer and more reliable DNS access.

More info:
Site: http://www.opendns.com/
DNS1: 208.67.222.222
DNS2: 208.67.220.220

Here are instructions on how to change the DNS option on your machine:

XP
1- Follow the instructions given on Rogers help site
2- Use the OpenDNS addresses given above

Ubuntu
Note: These settings will not stay if you are using DHCP. If that's the case, try changing the settings on your DHCP server instead.

Type in the following command in a terminal window:
gksudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf

Edit the line with “search” to look like the one bellow:
search 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220

Save the file and close it.

Now run the following code in a terminal window to restart your network:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


That's it!! Now you can enjoy your bad URL results on Google.


Vic

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey, victor. cheers for this. stupid, stupid rogers. how annoying/invasive.