Strange URL Issues...Network, not computer...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hellodon, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. hellodon macrumors 6502

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    I'm hoping someone here can help me out with this...it's the strangest problem.

    I go to the message board "offtopic.com" pretty regularly and this seems to be the only site that I have seen problems with.

    Twice in the past 8 months I could load up the main page, but when I clicked to enter the site, it took me to thewashingtonpost.com. I even tried googling one of the forums specifically and entering that way and it was the same thing, but a different page on thewashingtonpost.com. I brought this up on the forum and NO ONE else has ever had this happen. They thought I was crazy and assumed I had a virus....when I saw it I assumed the site was temporarily hacked.

    Today, same site, similar issue. I can load the main page and then when I click to enter it takes me to an Invalid URL screen that says:

    That number changes each time I try or if I refresh. Googling that reference number brings nothing up.

    Now - at first I thought that this may be some sort of attack on my computer, a mac virus of some sort...but it can't be. It does it on every computer on my network including my iPhone. I used the iPhone to test on wifi and got the same error page. When I turned off wifi and switched to 3G, it loaded the site fine.

    So something is going on, and I am assuming it has to do with either my wireless router or Time Warner Cable but I've never heard of anything like this.

    I don't see any issues with any other websites...just that one.

    Anyone have any ideas for me?

    I assume in an hour, it'll be fine...because that's what happened the other times I've seen this problem - the site loads fine in a little while - but it doesnt make sense and honestly I'm a bit worried that my network may not be secure.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like the DNS your home router is using (most likely the one from your ISP) is buggered up. Try changing your DNS to openDNS (see http://www.opendns.com/).
     

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