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mattmag
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[IE] dell.msn.com Re-direct. Any solution?



Is there any solution to this re-direct? I've tried deleting cookies and such, nothing changes it... I guess I can live with it, but it just seems intrusive that I can't go to the "plain" msn.com site.



psafux
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Checked the HOSTS file?

The two sites have unique IP's.



dandelion
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One read and sorry lost the link said that the dell.msn.com cookie will over-ride the msn.com cookie. It was suggested to block msn.com cookie and that would solve the problem. Another read stated that if you delete the dell cookie and never go there again, the msn will stay your homepage. I remember reading of a solution on dslr but searched and couldn't find it. Perhaps whoever had it will eventually post. Good luck.
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Kilroy
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reply to mattmag

Run PC Decrapifier.

Change your home page.

Install a different browser.

Edit your HOSTS file.

Since I don't know what you've done or how Dell makes the change these are all guesses
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mattmag
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So how do I edit that file? I've never messed with it before to be honest.



psafux
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If you want to upload it, I (or anyone) can check it out to see if your problem is a result of something in it. There are no security risks or anything to be concerned of. No personal info is stored in it.

Otherwise just see if dell.msn.com is listed in the file - if so, just delete the entire line and see if the problem is still there. If the line isn't there, its not your issue.

When you ping msn.com, what IP does it resolve to? How about dell.msn.com?



drew
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reply to mattmag

If you don't understand "how" to edit the file (in other words, how to even open it), I'll leave this here:

Start > run > notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
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dandelion
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reply to mattmag

You can try this host file: »winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm which I use, view it and edit from there.



mattmag
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reply to psafux

said by psafux:

Otherwise just see if dell.msn.com is listed in the file - if so, just delete the entire line and see if the problem is still there. If the line isn't there, its not your issue.

When you ping msn.com, what IP does it resolve to? How about dell.msn.com?

The hosts file is empty, except for the examples they show. Both msn.com and dell.msn.com resolve to 207.46.140.34.


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Try this ... »k2-solutions.eu/forum/index.php?···ntryID=2
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I was curious so I did the following:

went to msn.com and got the right site.
went to dell.msn.com and got the dell portal
tried to go to msn.com and got redirected to the dell portal.

To fix it I delete the msn cookies in my temporary internet files on the advise of this link (»forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.···32565854) although I did not download the tool specified.

Not sure which one was the culprit, I deleted all of them because I never go to msn.com anyway.

This is on W7/IE9 that is not a Dell computer. It has no crapware as my W7 install was from a M$ disk.



mattmag
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reply to not quite right

Excellent!

That was the issue, the "Internet Explorer\signup\install.ins" file would reset everything back even after the cookie delete. Obviously a file placed in the system by Dell, and not easily found when trying to correct the issue in the "normal" fashion.

Thanks!


psafux
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nevermind see its resolved



mattmag
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said by psafux:

nevermind see its resolved

You redacted while I was composing.

I appreciate your insight, and thought you were likely right until I saw that little piece of code they stuck in there to persistently change it back around all the time.

I use OpenDNS, but it seems it wouldn't matter how they got looked up with the way it was done.

Thanks again.


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reply to mattmag

Glad to have helped.



psafux
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reply to mattmag

I would agree - glad you got it resolved and good to know for future reference too.