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A keyword entered in the address bar always redirects to searchportal.information.com. Why?

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Firefox 3.6.4 on Centos 5.5. If i put a keyword in the address bar rather than a URL then i am always re-directed to "searchportal.information.com". I have uninstalled Firefox and manually removed all files/directories i can find. After re-install the problem is still there. If i disable dns and put a keyword such as "sourceforge" then the status bar shows "Looking up searchportal.information.com". There is no reference to this URL in about:config and changing keyword.URL has no effect. I run Firefox on Fedora, XP and Vista without this problem. What is going on?

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Every time Firefox opened

== Problem only started recently.

Firefox 3.6.4 on Centos 5.5. If i put a keyword in the address bar rather than a URL then i am always re-directed to "searchportal.information.com". I have uninstalled Firefox and manually removed all files/directories i can find. After re-install the problem is still there. If i disable dns and put a keyword such as "sourceforge" then the status bar shows "Looking up searchportal.information.com". There is no reference to this URL in about:config and changing keyword.URL has no effect. I run Firefox on Fedora, XP and Vista without this problem. What is going on? == This happened == Every time Firefox opened == Problem only started recently.

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.2.4) Gecko/20100624 CentOS/3.6-8.el5.centos Firefox/3.6.4

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Morbus 135 solutions 2340 answers

Hello Nick.

Hopefully this support article is what you need:

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Searches+are+redirected+to+another+site

Hello Nick. Hopefully this support article is what you need: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Searches+are+redirected+to+another+site
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See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_hijacking http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1874045 - My ISP is by-passing Firefox's Location bar search ..... You may have an ISP that automatically redirects you to a search page if a DNS look up fails. That takes the control from Firefox to do the normal keyword search like a Google I'm Lucky search. In such cases you need to contact your ISP and ask for a DNS server to opt-out of that feature.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_hijacking http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1874045 - My ISP is by-passing Firefox's Location bar search ..... You may have an ISP that automatically redirects you to a search page if a DNS look up fails. That takes the control from Firefox to do the normal keyword search like a Google I'm Lucky search. In such cases you need to contact your ISP and ask for a DNS server to opt-out of that feature.

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same issue...only instead of me entering a keyword in the location bar, I'm entering the valid URL of a local intranet website (no .com, etc in the URL). http://computername/ This always worked fine before JUST recently! NOW it uses the computername as a search word (?domainname=computername) sent to http://searchportal.information.com I haven't been able to find any configuration reference to searchportal.information.com and it is a REALLY BIG problem that it will not allow me to get to the real intranet website!! HELP!

same issue...only instead of me entering a keyword in the location bar, I'm entering the valid URL of a local intranet website (no .com, etc in the URL). http://computername/ This always worked fine before JUST recently! NOW it uses the ''computername'' as a search word (?domainname=''computername'') sent to http://searchportal.information.com I haven't been able to find any configuration reference to searchportal.information.com and it is a REALLY BIG problem that it will not allow me to get to the real intranet website!! HELP!