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First off, i'd like to tell you right now that this does not require you to install ANYTHING. All it does is change the dns servers your computer connects to, adding a few handy features as well as improved speed and security.


Win Xp: [list=1]
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step1"]Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step2"]Click "Network Connections" from the "Control Panel" choices.[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step3"]Choose your connection from the "Network Connections" window.[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step4"]Click "Properties" button.[/url]
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step5"]Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click "Properties."[/url]
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step6"]Click the radio button "Use the following DNS server addresses" and type in OpenDNS addresses in the "Preferred DNS server" and "Alternate DNS server" fields, then click "OK".[/url]
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/windows_xp.php#step7"]Restart your computer[/url].

Servers: Preferred: Alternative:

Mac OSX: [list=1]
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/mac_os_x.php#step1"]Select "System Preferences..." from the Apple menu[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/mac_os_x.php#step2"]Click "Network" from the "Internet & Network" row[/url].
[*]Select Your Connection
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/mac_os_x.php#step3"]Click "Configure..." button at the bottom of the screen[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/mac_os_x.php#step4"]Type in OpenDNS addresses in the "DNS Servers" field.[/url].
[*][url="http://www.opendns.com/start/mac_os_x.php#step5"]Restart your computer[/url].
Servers : (Same As The Ones For Windows)

Visit [url="http://welcome.opendns.com/"]http://welcome.opendns.com/[/url] to test your new settings.[left]You Should see this: [img]http://www.opendns.com/img/start_success.gif[/img][/left]

If you see the [b]Oops[/b] page, please try two more tests, in case the Welcome page was improperly cached.[list=1]
[*]First, visit our demonstration site [url="http://www.internetbadguys.com/"]internetbadguys.com[/url].
If you
were successful in switching to OpenDNS, it should be blocked as a
phishing site. Otherwise, it will tell you that it's a demonstration
[*]Second, make a deliberate typo in the TLD, like [url="http://www.craigslist.og/"]craigslist.og[/url] and see if it resolves to craigslist.org. If you are using OpenDNS,
you will be taken to the classifieds site. If you are not, you will get your default browser error page.
[/list]Still not working? You may need to restart your web browser and/or router.

Want Pictures? Click on the link for the step you want pictures for. Hope this works as well for you as it does for me. For router stuff, view this [url="http://www.opendns.com/start/home_network.php"]page[/url]

All credit goes to the getting started pages of opendns

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wow. i just did this not exatcly knowing what it would do, and myspace loads way faster. hahaha

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I'm doing the Mac version of your "how to" thing. I can't find the Configure button, but I typed "OpenDNS" into the DNS Server field, and clicked apply, and it just gave me an error message, saying that

"The IP address must consist of 4 numbers from 0 to 255, separated by periods."

Could you clarify what an OpenDNS actually does?

EDIT: nvm... i got everything to work. no reboot necessary on Mac. I don't really see that much of a difference, but i guess it fixes that little irritating "craigslist.og" typo. Lol, thanks though.

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