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For Users on a Dial-up Connection:
Go to My Computer>Dialup Networking.
Right-click your internet connection and select Properties.
A window will open - click the Server Types tab. Click TCP/IP Settings.
For Windows 7 & Vista
Open Control Panel > Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Click Change Adapter Settings (Might also show as: Manage Network Connections)
Select the connection for which you want to configure the DNS.
- To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties.
- To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window. Click OK
For All Other Users (XP & earlier):
Go to Control Panel>Network Connections and select your local network.
Click Properties, then select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
You will see a window like the one below - this is the Internet Protocol window. Select "Use the following DNS server addresses" and enter the desired DNS server(s) in the space(s) provided.
You have now changed your DNS settings. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to close that window, then click the OK button at the bottom of the next window. If you are asked if you want to Restart your computer, click Yes. You are now finished.
Some DNS servers you can use are provided here (originally posted by jdmatl )
Verizon (Level3) Nameservers
ORSC Public Access DNS Nameservers
Sprintlink General DNS
Comodo Secure DNS Submitted by ARGONAUT
..more here (thanks JR) »www.opendns.com/
Google Public DNS (free) Submitted by ARGONAUT
Be sure & read this first: »Google Invades ISP, OpenDNS Turf With Google Public DNS
Time Warner Telecomm DNS
Chaos Computer Club DNS
FoeBuD e.V. DNS
Germany Privacy Foundation DNS