Jan 23, 2012


PSA: DNS Hijacking (aka: CenturyLink web helper my ass) firefox edition

CenturyLink thinks I need their help

WTF with ISPs and DNS "redirects"? If this is their idea of customer service, they need to seriously rethink that idea.

I moved from Cox to CenturyLink (formerly Qwest, I guess) right before I left for LA and when I got home I discovered that Google's browse by name/I'm feeling lucky no longer worked. For example, if you type "google" in your location bar it should just forward you to google.com, but CenturyLink ever so kindly (not) hijacks that and sends me to their ever so helpful (not) "web helper" (my ass). There is, of course, a teeny tiny link at the top of that page that asks "Why am I here?" - YES, WHY AM I HERE? - and when you click that link you are given the option of opting out of this most annoying service.

Except it doesn't work.

So, for my Firefox/CenturyLink friends, here is a fix.

First, download the Redirector 2.7.1 add-on

Once installed, goto Tools > Redirector and click New Redirect.

For Example URL enter:

For Include Pattern enter:
(same as above but DON'T FORGET that * at the end)

For Redirect To enter:
(go here for more info on location bar searches. Also, you might need to edit your keyword.URL)

Select Wildcard for your Pattern Type and click save. Viola.


Jan 23, 2012
Comcast does the same useless shit, but at least it works when you shut the "service" off.
Jan 23, 2012
I shouldn't have to opt out of this crap, I should have to opt in. I set my browser to my search engine of choice, which means no, I don't want to use your stupid branded yahoo bullshit.

Ok, rant off. Cox did this too, I can't remember how I turned it off. This doesn't seem to effect Chrome, and yes I KNOW I need to switch browsers but FF is all elle-ified and I'm in the middle of a project.
Jan 30, 2012
I use opendns, but I don't really know what I'm doing, and it appears you have several units times the amount of web knowledge I do, so maybe you already know about this.

Jan 31, 2012
Actually, I thought about futzing with the DNS, but in the end I guess I figured it would be more fun to swear at my laptop and blog about it. :)


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