Since Rogers decided to invade their customers computers with unwanted ads I’ve received a lot of traffic resulting from search engine queries such as disable rogers search page, rogers dns hijack, and rogers hijacked my browser.Â I did post a solution to this in a previous post that required editing a Windows system core file.Â While that method was definitely successful it does have its drawbacks.Â It simply redirects all requests for *.rogers.com to your own machine essentially blocking out all of Rogers.Â While this is successful it still does not give you full control over your DNS again.
I have found a very simple way to regain the control you previously had before Rogers implemented DNS hijacking.Â This method does not require any technical knowledge and needs only a few clicks in your Windows control panel and you are done.
I have found two free DNS servers that anyone is able to use.Â One is called OpenDNS and the other are two DNS addresses provided by vnsc-pri.sys.gtei.net.Â To begin using these servers follow these instructions or click on the thumbnail gallery below to just watch a demonstration.
- Click your Windows Start Button and then your Control Panel
- Find Network Connections in your Control Panel
- Right click on the icon that represents your internet connection and select Properties.Â If you are on a wireless it will likely be labeled as Wireless Internet Connection
- Scroll through the list until you find Internet Protocol , highlight it and select Properties
- In the section labeled Use the Following DNS server addresses enter the following IP addresses but make sure you write down the current number if there already is one in case you need to change it back: 126.96.36.199 & 188.8.131.52 for vnsc-pri which will give you your old way of browsing back or use 184.108.40.206 & 220.127.116.11 for OpenDNS.Â OpenDNS will still redirect you to a search page but it is not a sponsored ad page.Â With OpenDNS you can also create an account and customize the wayÂ your DNS is handled.Â I will get in to that a bit later.
- Click OK
Here are the instructions in image format.Â Click each image for a larger size.Â There is a set of pictures for Windows and thanks to a reader named Phil for reminding me to post instructions for Mac users as well.Â He has provided the steps and I’ve added the images to the set.
- Go to System Preferences
- Click on Network
- Select Built In Ethernet and click Advanced
- Select the DNS tab and add 18.104.22.168 & 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199 & 188.8.131.52 in place of any current DNS servers.
- Click OK
Using the above instructions will give you back your old DNS control.Â Using the first set of IP addresses will give you the exact same control as before.Â Using OpenDNS will give you a customized set of DNS handling that you have full control over.Â If you go with OpenDNS IP’s then visit their forum for instructions on how to disable their search redirection and restore your default settings unlike the Rogers fake opt-out.
Has this post helped you get back to your normal browsing experience?Â I’d love to hear about it.