I have a Dell laptop which was recently purchased and thus as a consequence of the Google<->Dell deal comes with a bunch of Google utilities installed such as the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop. In addition, it had http://www.google.com/ig/dell as the default home page. One thing I've noticed is every once in a while when I type a URL in the browser address bar, instead of going the web page I get search ads instead. Below is a screenshot of what happened when I typed http://www.apartments.com/ in the address bar recently.

Weird huh?


Sunday, June 11, 2006 10:15:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The last bit sounds pretty dodgy (venturing into the territory of malware).
Have you checked the DNS settings? it looks like requests are going through Google.
If they're doing that, then boy have they ever embraced their evil side...(maybe they've had a merger with Sony that nobody's told us about)
Monday, June 12, 2006 12:20:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Must be an IE "feature", I see no such problem when using Firefox...
Monday, June 12, 2006 3:21:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Remove Google AFE from Add/Remove Programs - I got the same thing looking for http://www.podtech.net/ earlier...
Monday, June 12, 2006 6:56:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
How entrenched are the Google components? Is it possible to remove Google completely from your system without doing a fresh install of XP?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:55:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Must have been a brief DNS glitch. If IE7 doesn't find the domain, it does a search (MSN out-of-the-box but you can switch it to Google).
Saturday, June 17, 2006 11:41:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
What pwb said. Sounds exactly like a normal temporary DNS glitch, with IE trying to be helpful and going to your search page. as pwb said, this is normally some variant of MSN (here in .au it's ninemsn)

If you're trying to apply that this is a problem, you're making the same case for it being a problem that the default page goes to MSs search engine...
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