Nothing can be more annoying. I searched a direct query string into my browser’s URL, and instead of my “default” search engine returning results, I get:
That’s right. I was peeved. So what the heck happened? Turns out, my routers static DNS settings were set to 18.104.22.168 & 22.214.171.124, respectively. Guess who owns that DNS? You guessed it: Level3.
Well played dude, well played.
How to Remove Level (3) from your Search
The fix is easy, if you’re using 4.2.2.x for your DNS entries, change them. That will kill the hijack from occurring… for now.