What is OpenDNS and how do I turn it off?
July 24, 2012 7:55 AM Subscribe
What is OpenDNS and how do I turn it off? Please explain it to me like I'm seven years old.
posted by Brittanie to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in Houston. I have a MacBook Pro, AT&T DSL service (no landline), and Airport Extreme, and I primarily use Firefox as my browser. I've had AT&T for years. My MO when using the internet is to use the address bar for Google searches.
About two years ago, instead of taking me to, say, the Google search results page for lululemon when I type "lululemon" into the address bar, Firefox started taking me to an OpenDNS results page. THIS IS NOT THE BEHAVIOR I WANT.
I did not sign up for OpenDNS, I do not want to use OpenDNS, but for the life of me, I can not figure out how the hell to turn it off. It just showed up one day. I believe that it was installed onto my router by AT&T. OpenDNS's "help" pages are notoriously difficult to understand, and I can't find instructions anywhere on how to disable the service.
This does not happen in Chrome if I try to use the Chrome address bar as a Google search field. It also doesn't happen at all when I'm at work on the work wifi or intranet with the same computer, no matter what browser I'm using. So why is it only happening at home, and how can I turn it off? I just want the Firefox bar to act as a Google search field. (Please don't tell me to switch to Chrome for good. I already use it, but I have to use multiple browsers for work.) Thanks in advance.