Problem with DNS?

Posted on 2006-05-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I open IE on Mac OS X 10.4.6 and at the bottom left it shows that the browser is point to my home page (google).  The problem is that it immediately substitutes google with an ip address from within the private range.  If I set the home page to another site I don't have the problem.

Question by:holyman1
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    Is there anything in your Hosts file that might be doing this?

    Author Comment


    I am not a Mac person.  Where is the host file?
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    I believe it is usually a hidden file. You can access it by opening the terminal application found in the Utilities folder and typing:

    sudo pico \etc\hosts

    This will bring up a line editor. Scroll through the hosts file and see if here is any reference to Google. If not, then that isn't the problem.

    It strikes me as unlikely that the problem is in the hosts file if you or someone else knowledgeable hasn't been tinkering with it.

    Does the same thing happen with a different browser?
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    By the way, IE is a very out-of-date browser and is no longer supported. Try Safari (built in) or Firefox ( ) instead. Both are hugely better than IE.
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    > sudo pico \etc\hosts

    that should be /etc/hosts  [this is a unix machine, not a windows machine].

    But since the user does know what the hosts file is, it is unlikely that he has modified it.
    Before checking the hosts file, I would check to see what google resolves to.
    Run "/Applications/Utilities/Network", click on the "Lookup" tab,
    and specify (or whatever google host name you have as
    your home page) as the host to lookup.  If the lookup comes back as
    a host outside your domain, then click on the Ping tab and specify the same
    host name to ping.  If ping resolves the host a to an ip address within your
    domain, then there is likely an overide for google in /etc/hosts or NetInfo.

    If the ip address resolves an address internal to your domain, then it is
    likely your enterprise is overriding it using a local DNS server and or cache.

    Also, specify your google home page as "" (or whatever
    google subdomain you require), and not just "google".  There could
    very well be a local host whose name is google, especially if your company
    has purchased one of Google's enterprise search boxes.

    Lastly.  Stop using IE on Mac OS X.  It is a complete piece of crap.  There
    are so many better browsers available.
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    Well said!

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