Internet Thinks I'm In Korea

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bollockser, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Bollockser macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2014
    Extremely weird problem started a couple days ago. I live in the USA not Korea.

    First, Google search automatically redirects to
    I cannot get it to go to, but it will go to other countries such as

    Now, I am starting to get banner ads on any random website in Korean.

    This is happening on 3 different Macs, all with different versions of OSX, as well as on my windows partitions in bootcamp on 2 of them. I also busted out my G4 running 10.5.8, and this computer is immune to this effect.

    One of these computers was recently wiped and has nothing on it but a new install of El Capitan. There is no chance of it being viruses/malware.

    I went to my ISP and got a different modem and a totally different IP address and my web browsers still think I'm in Korea. Using both Safari and Chrome, same thing.

    HELP!!! how do I stop this madness?
  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2014
    When you go to or, where are you located based on your IP? Korea or your actual country? Your ISP might be giving out IP addresses the were previously used in Korea. Due to the massive IPv4 shortage, IP addresses are heavily recycled.

    Something weird is happening to you, as I can go to the various local Google pages or the .com page and it doesn't redirect. I tried Safari and Chrome. If you make a new user account and try, does it clear anything up? Your ISP might be doing something, as this many computers all being weird is unlikely, and they all share the same ISP. You could switch to Google's DNS ( or for a while on one machine and see if anything clears up.

    Do you have a laptop/smartphone that you can bring to a coffee shop/friends place to compare the internet? Also, if you have them does this repeat on mobile devices (phone/tablet)?
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Also, check the DNS settings on your router...and, by the way, what model router is it?

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