Strange DNS

OK this is a strange one. I recently changed internet providers for our company. Everything went well and things checkout fine with DNSSTUFF.

The problem I am having is whenever someone internal tries to go to a bad address or mistyped address it defaults to our website. This wouldn’t be a big deal but I’m getting complaints, and I would rather have the unavailable error screen come up. So it seems that my DNS has decided that if it can’t find something then they must be looking for the website address.

I made no changes that should be causing this; all I did is change providers.
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MikeKaneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ahhh....   in XP you can append a DNS suffix to any dns query.  

You can configure the DNS suffix search order on a Windows system by following these steps:

   1. Access the properties of the network interface you wish to configure.
   2. Double-click on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)."
   3. In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box, click the Advanced button.
   4. Click the DNS tab in the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box.
   5. Click the "Append these DNS suffixes (in order)" radio button.
   6. Now click the Add button to add DNS suffixes to the connection.
   7. In the TCP/IP Domain Suffix dialog box, enter the name of the first domain name to append to any DNS search (Example:
   8. Repeat steps 6-7 for each additional domain.
   9. When finished, click OK to close the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box.
  10. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
  11. Click OK to close the network connection's Properties dialog box

Then use nslookup on a DNS client and query a name of a non existant server. Then you can open the %systemroot%\system32\dns\dns.log file on the DNS server to see the query results and check if the dns suffix is being appended to the search.    

So a mistyped URL results in your web page instead of the Microsoft standard error message "This page cannot be displayed".  

Sounds like someone has modified the DNSError webpage that is displayed for this type of error.  

If you START-RUN and type in  "res://shdoclc.dll.dnserror.htm"   DO you get the "this page cannot be displayed"  or do you get your company's homepage?  

If you get the homepage, then the DLL has been edited somehow, probably with a redirect or forward?    

If you get the standard page not displayed error, then this is not the cause of your issue.  

Try that and come back with the results....

captonyAuthor Commented:
Ya if I run "res://shdoclc.dll.dnserror.htm" I get the "The page cannot be displayed" but if I type in http://hjkhjk/ it goes to our website LOL

I can't for the life of me figure out how I pulled that off.. This happens on all systems inside my network.
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If you run an nslookup and search for lkjdsahflkjh.ddd    Do you get an answer from the server, if so, what is the response.   Is it the IP for your website?  

Could it be cache related?    Clear out all the cache in your DNS server?  Both DNS' if you have more than 1 dns server.    Any change with that?  

I'm curious as to the nslookup results...

captonyAuthor Commented:
yup I get a non-autoritative from my dns server with the address of my webserver
Is your server Microsoft DNS or a version of BIND?  

captonyAuthor Commented:
It's MS DNS running on windows 2000 server. I'm starting to think this might be my new service provider. Is there somthing they could have set that would make lost pages default to my website?
Very odd.  Since the nslookup should have returned a ** Non-existant domain **  message instead.  

A few more tests:
1) Do you have a Forwarder setup in your MS DNS setup?   If so are these your new ISP's DNS servers?    Curious to see what happens if you try another ISP's DNS  (i.e. ATT DNS Servers and  

2) If your machine is setup as a DNS server for your Domain name?  Or do you rely on an ISP for your website's hostname resolution?  

3) If you try a NSLOOKUP and use 'SERVER' (this ip is ATT, you should use your ISP's DNS servers here also).   This sets the server to the ISPs DNS , not yours.   Try a lookup for and see if you get your website or the Non existant domain message.    

captonyAuthor Commented:
Yes, I had forwarders setup but turned them of while having this issue.

Our PDC is the DNS server for our Domain.

When I do an nslookup using the other server I still get our website for, which I find very odd....
Did I understand you right - nslookup, changed server to att's DNS, used garbage for a hostname and ATT returned the Non-autoritative answer of your website's IP??  

captonyAuthor Commented:
You got it. Don't ask me how...
captonyAuthor Commented:
One thing I find odd is that anytime I do a lookup it tags our domain on the end. for example lets say I'm and I do a lookup for, what I get is

address: the address of our webserver

So something is putting our domain name on the end of the searches, is that supposed to be happening?
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