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ipv4 settings revert automatically, how can I stop this?

  1. #11


    I'd need to know the IP of the DNS server so I can run a search on the server and see what can be done.

    DNS redirection is a classic symptom of a virus or malware infection.

    You might want to check the group policy for this at the following location, Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\DNS Client\DNS servers.

    Even if you can fix this you won't really know if it's fixed for an entire month so it won't be something you can confirm for quite awhile.

    There are many who have had this problem in the past, some of the solutions may work for you.

    TCP IPv4 DNS server address keeps changing to a specific IP address - Microsoft Community

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  2. #12


    DNS 1: 208.122.23.23
    DNS 2: 208.122.23.22

    There is nothing setup under the group policy you pointed me to.

    The link you sent me to links to another microsoft link (which I mention in my first post, "been there done that"). The rest of the solutions are only related to Sony Vaio (I'm on a new Dell Inspiron 7000), so that suggestion doesn't work. The other suggestion to delete the adapter and rebuild the profile - I'm going down that path now.

    Edit: Ran the following:

    netsh wlan show profile (listed 4 networks, all are familiar)
    Set PC to airplane mode (disable wifi)
    set ipv4 to obtain auto (deleting each value manually)
    netsh wlan delete profile 'networkname' (did this for ALL profiles)
    ipconfig /flushdns
    wifi enabled
    reconnect to the work network, everything works like a champ...we'll see what happens in a few days.

    I'd like to note that the solution in the above link from Chev has the same nonsense of "it's a virus", but then suddenly the solution works for Sony laptops only. I'd like to submit this as further evidence that this is not a virus, as people are fixing the problem without "removing a virus". As best I can tell, this is an internal Windows problem where it is keeping these settings somewhere only to be restored.

    Before someone suggests I scan for a virus again, please read some of these posts that are being linked where other people report the SAME problem and they SOLVE it without finding a virus.

    Edit edit: If you are thoroughly convinced this is a virus, then please provide more detailed info than "Run a virus scan", what scan, what company, what am I looking for?. I've been down the scan road a few times with different software. My next solution is to reformat and reinstall windows, but that seems overkill for a stupid DNS problem.

    Edit, few days have passed without issue. The more I read, the more it seems the profile is the culprit.
    Last edited by roryboreyalice; 27 May 2014 at 18:36. Reason: Reporting back
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  3. #13


    Well, I was wrong. The problem returned today. So that was 7 days.

    I'm up for new ideas.
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  4. #14


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    W8.1, W7


    The DNS you mention seems to often be used to access streaming networks etc by hiding actual physical location, and were probably part of some program\installation file. If they reappear there must (maybe...) be residues of 'something' from the original installation, you may have to search in every corner of the hd\registry\config etc.

    Didn't read everything, but have you tried manually entering DNS, for example OpenDNS IP Addresses | OpenDNS or google, and see if they stick.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    The DNS you mention seems to often be used to access streaming networks etc by hiding actual physical location, and were probably part of some program\installation file. If they reappear there must (maybe...) be residues of 'something' from the original installation, you may have to search in every corner of the hd\registry\config etc.
    No, there is no installer, program, script or anything downloaded. The install instructions are, "Modify your ipv4 to point here". The uninstall instructions are, "Modify your ipv4 to auto-detect, flush dns." Unblock-us has chalked this up to a Windows 8.1 problem. Other people report similar problems with other DNS servers, and Windows keeps auto updating the DNS to old servers.

    I've not tried using another DNS, but what's the procedure then? Just always run through google? That doesn't quite help me as my company DNS allows access to subscription web content that isn't available if hiding behind a DNS server, kind of a major part of my job function.

    My latest attempt, good so far...

    1) Deleted profiles
    2) Deleted Wifi
    3) Uninstalled wifi drivers/adapters, deleted any remaining adapter or wifi connections
    4) Rebooted
    5) Reinstalled latest wifi drivers (interestingly, released 6/2/2014, so 3 days ago)
    6) Reconnect to work server - Back in action, all is normal.
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