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Michael Scott [PersonRank 1]

Sunday, March 9, 2008
6 years ago9,888 views

Hi All,

I'm finding I'm continuously being redirected from the main www.google.com website to www.l.google.com

Anyone have any ideas why this might be happening?

Bill Mac [PersonRank 9]

6 years ago #

Hosts file?

Bill PC [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

OpenDNS?

google.com/search?q=%22www.l.g ...

forums.opendns.com/comments.ph ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Me too...weird

RC [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

So, OpenDNS snoops at all non-secure data packets to Google?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I'm not using openDNS. Actually I was using an openDNS computer when I noticed it.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I configured my computer to use OpenDNS and it started sending me to l.google.com as well.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

For quite some time, www.google.com has been a CNAME for www.l.google.com (rather than it having an IP address for its DNS entry). I think the Robtex website still shows this to be the case:

robtex.com/dns/www.google.com. ...

This meant that pinging www.google.com would actually resolve to www.l.google.com and ping the IP address for that instead. Lots of Google's subdomains follow this behaviour. Just check out the number of *.l.google.com subdomains here:

ruscoe.net/google/google-subdo ...

However, when I ping www.google.com now, it no longer resolves to www.l.google.com, so perhaps there's been a recent change to their DNS entries which has caused OpenDNS to behave a little strange.

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