On Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:08:33 -0600 (CST)
Michael Hennebry <hennebry(a)web.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu> wrote:
Whenever I mistype a URL,
it gets turned into food for Midcontinent's search engine.
What is really annoying is that the back
button does not take me back to what I typed.
Also, the search results rarely includes the site I wanted.
My suspicion is that this is done at least partly through DNS
corruption. Anyone know for sure?
I think your ISP is monetizing mistypes. It is the same thing that
people who park websites that are close to popular websites, say one
keystroke off, do by putting ads on those pages. Every time someone
mistypes, they earn ad money. In your ISP case, they are checking for
invalid domain names, and instead of sending a 404, they send you to a
site that earns them money.
I'm running F33 connected directly to Midco's modem/router.
Assuming DNS corruption is at least part of the issue,
how, if at all, do I bypass Midco's DNS?
I did this by installing knotresolver (there are other similar
applications), telling it to use another DNS site, turning off
NetworkManager management of DNS as part of dhcp, and turning off the
default DNS servers from the ISP in the router. This bit is critical.
If you don't have access to that in the interface to your router, I
don't think you can make this work.
I know that things have changed significantly with F33, and
systemd-resolved becoming the default DNS manager, so the whole process
might be different for you. But with some sleuthing, you *can* bypass
your ISP's DNS servers (if your router allows it).