"Jeff Higgins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
: Dan wrote:
: > "Jeff Higgins" <email@example.com> wrote in message
: > news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
: >> Hi,
: >> My ISP (Suddenlink) redirects all 404 (if not others) to their
: >> 'Suggested web sites" page. They have an opt out preference page
: >> which will not work. 'Customer service' will only say that I should
: >> 'opt out' and cannot explain why that option is not working for me.
: >> Is there a way to stop this from within IE8?
: >> Thank you
: >> Jeff
: > When you say "404" do you mean sites that don't exist (which is what
: > VanguardLH's reply is all about), or do you actually mean a real 404
: > response from a server (where the site exists, but the page requested
: > doesn't).
: The prompt for this post was:
: If I type this into the address bar or attempt to follow
: a link to this address I get Suddenlink 'suggested sites'.
: If I type <http://www.qanyon.com/TechZone/>
: I go to someone offering to sell the site.
: If I type <http://bzz> I get
: If I type <http://bzz.com/> I go to <http://www.bzzagent.com/>
(chuckles) where in the world did that come from?
: So I guess my knowledge of the HTTP is lacking.
: I enjoy learning and studying, I really do.
: But this whole subject is not one that I would have
: picked to engage.
It happens in any browser, not just IE. It's something your ISP or the web
site owners or someone else has done, perhaps on a dns record level.
There is nothing *you* can do about it, unless you can figure out the opt
out. It's not a browser issue.
: > In the latter case, this would indicate that your ISP is forcing all
: > HTTP requests via a proxy and is intercepting the HTTP 404 response code
: > to display the suggested sites. Vanguard's information won't help in
: > this case - you'll need to find a way to get around that proxy.
: > A quick search on Google for Suddenlink and suggested sites brings up a
: > few posts on various forums from people stating they'd already changed
: > DNS servers and it makes no difference, which suggests that they are
: > using an HTTP proxy and intercepting response codes - personally I'd
: > switch ISP, but if that's not an option then you could look at finding
: > (either free or subscription based) an SSL proxy somewhere outside of
: > your ISP that you can make all your browser requests through - the SSL
: > encryption will mean that your ISP can't intercept any specific response
: > codes because they won't be able to decrypt the data.
: Well, some more reading.
: Switching ISPs is certainly an option, but one that would require some
: careful thought. (an alternative may present the same problem) In the
: grand scheme this is a very minor annoyance, but cumlative. I'm very
: grateful for the additional information. I'll do the follow-up reading,
: begin hammering on 'Customer Service', etc. I'm hopeful I can make it
: stop, now armed with a clearer idea of the situation, Thanks.
: Jeff Higgins