Disturbing news from the US.
Windstream Communications, a large ISP based on the East Coast of the US, has been caught using DNS redirection of the search results from the Google Toolbar in Firefox. Users using the Google Toolbar in Firefox were served a Windstream search results page, not a Google search results page. I’m not clear how this could even be done but this should never ever happen.
Once their customers started complaining, Windstream representatives posted at dslreports.com that
“I won’t go into the technical details, but this was not a desired result to modify the Firefox search field regardless of which search provider is used in the browser.”
Somehow I can’t give this company the benefit of the doubt.
Firefox redirects to windstream communications search results when I do a Google search in the search bar. (Mozilla Firefox support forums)
How do I remove a web search redirect? (Google Web Search Help Forum)