Browser (sometimes) redirects me to a generic search engine with popups
Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:45 AM
In the past I'd have expected a 404 (file not found) message. Is there something wrong with the coding on this site? Is it a new internet phenomenon? I've used Macs and the web since 1984 and it's certainly
new to me!
When I search my question on Google I get "you must have some kind of mac-based adware".
PS: I'm putting this here because it seems to merit its own thread. I also posted a version of it in the MacScan discussion.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:31 AM
Well...As far as a site not coming up, it's probably a DNS issue anywhere between you and their hosting company. As far as the search site goes...
This specific mention leads me to think that this is normal behavior. Some browsers and some ISPs have their own search pages they point to when a URL is not found instead of a 404. It most certainly can be annoying. Clearwire ( at work ) doesn't seem to have one that I've noticed but Charter ( at home ) does. Some registered URLs that don't currently have sites also usually point to a generic search page. It's all about the advertising. :)
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:32 PM
A number of forums refer to this problem, such as
Here is a workaround which seems to be effective for now:
NOTE: This is not a fix for the trojan called DNSchanger, or its
variant called zlob. (If you think you may have DNSchanger, you can
download a scanning app here: »[www.dnschanger.com/)
is a problem that appears to be isolated to SMC wireless modems and has
nothing to do with DNSchanger. It seems some SMC modems, on various
ISPs, are configured to redirect searches to wsearch.net pages.
(DNSchanger will redirect you to all sorts of other pages.)
1) Links in Google search results randomly redirect to wsearch.net pages or 503 Error pages.
2) Hyperlinks in non-google web pages randomly redirect to wsearch.net pages or 503 Error pages.
3) Single-word entries, or other non-HTML entries, in the URL address bar redirect to wsearch.net pages or 503 Error pages.
(We think all the 503 Errors may be a result of overload on the wesearch.net server due to all the redirects.)
If you have an SMC wireless modem and are experiencing some or all of these problems, here is the fix.
In a browser window, visit the SMC modem page: »192.168.0.1/login.asp
Login as follows
From the sidebar menu, choose LAN.
on the screen that appears that the "Domain Name" field has been preset
with mygateway.com. Change this to one of the following OpenDNS IPs:
18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124
Click "APPLY" and you will see
a prompt warning that your modem will have to reboot. Click "OK" on the
prompt to reboot the modem.
When your modem reboots (about 30 to 40 secs) all the problems should be gone.
(NOTE: If you reset you modem, this will restore the wsearch.net Domain Name default. Something you probably don't want to do.)
Posted 09 September 2008 - 03:42 PM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 03:44 PM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 03:46 PM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:10 AM
Simply unplugging and re-plugging in your modem won't solve this problem it will only postpone it from coming back. That sounds a lot like a rogers tech support solution, not a real solution.
thanks bobappleton for doing the research to solve this and posting it, appreciated.