Annoying Safari 'feature' - or is it my ISP?

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  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    Something I always loved about Safari was not having to type the whole address - type gmail, hit enter and it would put in the http.com stuff.

    But suddenly it now opens a Google style search page - very, very annoying! Is this a Safari thing or an ISP (Virgin Media) thing?
     
  2. Middling macrumors regular

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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Yep, your ISP is doing it. Some of the more offensive ones are from comcast and verizon where the search page is plastered with ads.
     
  4. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    If you're free to change your DNS settings, you probably could get around it.

    I use OpenDNS currently, but that too takes you to a custom search page if you don't provide a 'full' url.
     
  5. Middling macrumors regular

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    If you create an account at OpenDNS you can disable to search page and restore correct DNS usage.

    Supposedly the OPs ISP has an opt-out link on the search page but there have been mixed reports regarding how well it's working at the moment.
     
  6. sdarlington macrumors newbie

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    It's Virgin Media trying to get a few more pennies out of you. They do give you the option of opting-out.
     
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Thanks, I wasn't aware of that.
     

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