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Old 04-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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I honestly don't know when this started.

I've got a couple of PCs here in my lab which I use for things like wasting time on the internet. They are connected to the corporate LAN in the office.

Whenever I use Google on either of them, I get redirected to google.ie (Google Ireland). This causes problems when I am searching for something which is region-specific.

It doesn't seem to matter how I perform the search. I can use the auto-search feature in Chrome, I can open IE and type "http://www.google.com", I can even alter the "ie" to a "com" in the address bar after I've performed a search. Doesn't matter. I always wind up getting re-directed to google.ie.

Now, I'll admit to having very little knowledge about this works. I assume that google is looking at my IP address and making a determination where to send me, except I've run a WhoIS on my machine's IP address (we have real-world addresses) and it correctly shows my address as being registered to Harris Corp in Melbourne, FL (the location of our corporate HQ.)


I've tried using OpenDNS (can't make it work on this LAN), I've tried editing my user preferences in iGoogle, and it refuses to let me specify a location that isn't in Ireland, I just don't know what to do here... I really don't want to wind up having to use Bing or some other search engine.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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have you recently scanned your time-waster for malware?
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If you run a tracert to google.com, are any of the jumps through Irish servers?
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Delete cookies?

I forget how I fixed this when I was in egypt for a year. Lemme look around for a minute.
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Settings "gear" icon at the top right of the page, then search settings.

Set your location in the third section.

Work?
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #6
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Also check your HOSTS file

c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
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Open telnet
Connect to www.google.com, port 80
Once you are connected, type:

GET / HTTP/1.1
HOST: www.google.com

You need to carriage returns after the google.com. Paste back here what google replies.
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favorite sleazy hack:

Modify co-workers hosts file such that google.com is mapped for the IP of booble.com.

Quite amusing, until the co-worker called corporate IT for help, and they told him they would have to format the hard drive. Our corporate IT folks are stunning in their lack of knowledge of their professed field.
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Quote:
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have you recently scanned your time-waster for malware?
One of these machines is a relatively fresh install of XP (just a few weeks old) and I'm fairly certain that there's nothing "mal" on it.

Quote:
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If you run a tracert to google.com, are any of the jumps through Irish servers?

C:\>tracert www.google.com

Tracing route to www.l.google.com [74.125.93.104]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms rtr-vista-lan.net.harris.com [137.237.207.1]
2 9 ms 9 ms 14 ms 152.176.146.149
3 65 ms 67 ms 65 ms 152.164.243.222
4 70 ms 69 ms 69 ms c65chqda1-mpls1.net.harris.com [137.237.2.145]
5 69 ms 70 ms 70 ms chq-fwcluster-mlb.net.harris.com [137.237.51.65]
6 70 ms 71 ms 71 ms internet-fwcluster-mlb.net.harris.com [192.160.116.68]
7 70 ms 71 ms 71 ms RTR-INET-CHQ-1.net.harris.com [192.160.117.69]
8 72 ms 74 ms 73 ms GigabitEthernet5-2.GW1.ORL4.ALTER.NET [63.122.231.153]
9 76 ms 73 ms 74 ms 0.so-2-0-2.XL3.ORL4.ALTER.NET [152.63.81.26]
10 98 ms 99 ms 98 ms 0.so-6-0-0.XL3.IAD8.ALTER.NET [152.63.0.138]
11 99 ms 112 ms 108 ms TenGigE0-6-4-0.GW7.IAD8.ALTER.NET [152.63.37.82]
12 127 ms 129 ms 156 ms google-gw.customer.alter.net [152.179.50.62]
13 120 ms 97 ms 100 ms 216.239.46.248
14 106 ms 117 ms * 209.85.248.73
15 110 ms 104 ms 109 ms 209.85.254.233
16 119 ms 104 ms 110 ms 64.233.174.182
17 109 ms 110 ms 109 ms qw-in-f104.1e100.net [74.125.93.104]

Trace complete.





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Delete cookies?
Fired up IE, deleted cookies and history. Still redirects to http://www.google.ie/


Quote:
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Settings "gear" icon at the top right of the page, then search settings.

Set your location in the third section.
Returns the error: Please enter a valid Ireland city or zip code


Quote:
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Also check your HOSTS file

c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Complete contents of hosts file (apart from comments):

127.0.0.1 localhost




Quote:
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Open telnet
Connect to www.google.com, port 80
Once you are connected, type:

GET / HTTP/1.1
HOST: www.google.com


You need to carriage returns after the google.com. Paste back here what google replies.
Result:


HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 1350
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:04:13 GMT
Server: GFE/2.0



<html><head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">
<t
itle>400 Bad Request</title>
<style><!--
body {font-family: arial,sans-serif}
div.n
av {margin-top: 1ex}
div.nav A {font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial,sans-serif}
sp
an.nav {font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-weight: bold}
div.na
v A,span.big {font-size: 12pt; color: #0000cc}
div.nav A {font-size: 10pt; color:
black}
A.l:link {color: #6f6f6f}
A.u:link {color: green}
//--></style>
<script><!--

var rc=400;
//-->
</script>
</head>
<body text=#000000 bgcolor=#ffffff>
<table border
=0 cellpadding=2 cellspacing=0 width=100%><tr><td rowspan=3 width=1% nowrap>
<b><
font face=times color=#0039b6 size=10>G</font><font face=times color=#c41200 siz
e=10>o</font><font face=times color=#f3c518 size=10>o</font><font face=times col
or=#0039b6 size=10>g</font><font face=times color=#30a72f size=10>l</font><font
face=times color=#c41200 size=10>e</font>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>
<td>&nbsp;</td></tr>
<tr
><td bgcolor="#3366cc"><font face=arial,sans-serif color="#ffffff"><b>Error</b><
/td></tr>
<tr><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></table>
<blockquote>
<H1>Bad Request</H1>
Your cl
ient has issued a malformed or illegal request.

<p>
</blockquote>
<table width=100%
cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><td bgcolor="#3366cc"><img alt="" width=1 heigh
t=4></td></tr></table>
</body></html>
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Conclusion: SkyNet is ******* with you.
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Is it doing this in IE only or in other browsers as well?
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What happens when you visit http://www.google.com/ncr ?
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Ah, I just realized that there's a workaround. The tracert revealed to me the address of a domestic google server (74.125.93.104) and putting that into the address window takes me to the US version of google.
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What happens when you visit http://www.google.com/ncr ?
That also works.

Clever. I never knew about the no redirect trick.
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This may be late, but you can also flush the DNS cache on your PC.

Open command window:
Type: ipconfig /flushdns (there's a space before the slash)
Press enter.
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