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OpenDNS is proxying Google?

Apr 8 2008

Well this is odd:

blowery@loki~> host www.google.com
www.google.com is an alias for google.navigation.opendns.com.
google.navigation.opendns.com has address 208.69.32.230
google.navigation.opendns.com has address 208.69.32.231

I’m using OpenDNS to resolve DNS at home after TimeWarner / RoadRunner failed on me one time too many. I had a little DNS hiccup this morning and discovered that gem above when digging through the mess. How interesting…

I did a little more digging and it seems that OpenDNS is doing this for a reason, though not a reason that really concerns me. Thankfully I can turn off this feature by flipping the “Enable OpenDNS proxy” toggle highlighted below. There’s also a knowledge base article about it for your perusal. The toggle takes a few minutes to activate, so if you flip it, you’ll have to wait a while to see it work. It took me about 20 minutes to pick up the change.

The Enable OpenDNS proxy setting on OpenDNS

7 Responses to “OpenDNS is proxying Google?”

  1. Keep in mind that shortcuts will most certainly not work if you turn it off…

  2. Ben says:

    Yup, but I don’t want any of that crazy stuff. I just want fast, reliable, correct DNS.

  3. xcore says:

    Just add into your /etc/hosts
    209.85.171.100 google.com
    74.125.45.100 google.com
    72.14.205.100 google.com

    and reboot.

  4. xcore says:

    If you are a *unix user.

  5. HUMAR says:

    A Windows is fine too!
    Go to C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
    Open file with notepad
    Copy the following to the file…(what is below)
    209.85.171.100 google.com
    74.125.45.100 google.com
    72.14.205.100 google.com

    ?????
    Profit

  6. Ben says:

    The only thing I don’t like about the hosts-file based solutions is that you’re basically side-stepping DNS. I want DNS to just work, not have to hack things into my hosts file because it’s not.

  7. […] my PC. I would also strongly prefer that DNS resolvers not try to be too cute. Fortunately, it is possible to turn off this behavior in OpenDNS, which I prefer to do. But, all told, this is just one more lesson about how important the Domain […]

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