Sometime on February 26th, I noticed my ISP, Road Runner (Time Warner cable) started hijacking or intercepting bad DNS requests. In non-geek speak, it means when I typed in some web address that wasn’t registered, instead of seeing my browser’s default 404 page I saw this:
I’ve said in the past, when Kevin Ham did the same thing for any .cm address, that it was a brilliant idea from a business perspective. And, I think Road Runner / Time Warner cable is smart to do it with us here as well. It’s going to generate them some big bucks thanks to their partnership with Yahoo for the ads you’ll be clicking on. But, for some reason, I really hate their page. It honestly sucks.
So, I turned it off. I disabled it.
If you have the same issue and don’t like it, you can disable that setting too. Here’s how. Go to
http://ww23.rr.com/prefs.php and choose “Disable” for the option labeled “Web Address Error Redirect Service: This preference allows you to opt in or out of Road Runner’s non-existing domain landing service.” Then click the “Save” button.
UPDATE: According to Jed, who commented below, Time Warner has modified this process…
TW seems to have changed the path to the options page. Just go to this link,
http://ww23.rr.com/index.php, then click on the “Opt out of this service” link on the right to get to your preferences page.
UPDATE: Now, according to Jay, who also commented below, the urls mentioned in this post are no longer working. If you find working urls, please feel free to let us know so we can update this post for the betterment of all humanity (who uses RR/Time Warner). Thanks.
Thanks so much for the new info Jed. You’re awesome.