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I have a windows 2000 machine on the a network that is part of a workgroup.   When I open IE, it goes directly to this old aol e-mail login website http://cdn-startpage.aol.com/_media/aolcomsp .    If I manually type in www.AOL.com, it still automatically directs it to this AOL address,   http://cdn-startpage.aol.com/_media/aolcomsp

As soon as I open the browser it wants to go their to http://cdn-startpage.aol.com/_media/aolcomsp.    It can go anywhere on the web,  expect when you type www.aol.com, it directs you to http://cdn-startpage.aol.com/_media/aolcomsp.

- I checked local group policy, and its clean nothing set.
- Even if I log onto to that machine under different accounts(administrator) it does the same thing when you try to go to AOL
- Other computer on the network are fine, you can type www.aol.com, and it works.
- I checked it for spy ware, and the host file on the local machine is fine as well

Do you think its a group policy that is set somewhere on the server that is causing these problems?   Its a W2K server on the network.    Could it be a DNS problem?
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by:dev8
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Hello,

Did you try deleting all cookies and temp internet files?  There might be something set that is redirecting aol.com to these websites.  Also check your homepage setting for your web browser.  Is this of any help?
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by:snocera
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I tried all that,   it has to be something set by another administrator on the either the server end or policy or even his profile.

I don't know, because the old administrator quit, and I can't seem to find out why this happening
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by:mikeleebrla
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i would check the DNS,,, i resolve www.aol.com to 205.188.145.214,, is that what you get on the "bad" machine when you do an nslookup of www.aol.com?
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by:dev8
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This sounds more like spyware....what was the program that you ran?  

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by:mikeleebrla
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i agree with dev8 actually, but since he said he didn't have any spyware i didn't go that route
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by:snocera
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Its not spyware, i ran webroot spysweeper and S&D.   It doesn't direct you to an ad site, and it doesn't cause any problems when going to any other website.

From what I can tell, somewhere the old admin had made settings somewhere that held certain homepages for different users.   He made and entry somewhere that makes aol.com go this werid address.
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by:mikeleebrla
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ok,, so is this just happening for one particular user on one machine then?
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by:snocera
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on that machine, not matter what user
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by:mikeleebrla
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did you try what i suggested in my first post about checking how dns resolves?
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by:snocera
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No,, I will check on Friday.  I had to leave the clients site
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by:WalkaboutTigger
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Possibility 1
From Internet Explorer:

Tools
Internet Options
Connection
LAN Settings
are any of the boxes checked?  If so, uncheck them.

Possibility 2
Check to insure you are running no proxy clients - these could be separate executables that are not readily apparent.

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by:snocera
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I figured out the answer on my own:

The aol web address was being redirected because the windows 2000 client did not have the latest version of Flash player on the computer.

Once the latest version of flash was install the site worked correctly.

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