I've tried asking on twitter and got directed to ask here, so I'm hoping this is the right place.
My home Virgin Media internet has a "feature" whereby if I try to visit a URL that is unknown to the Virgin Media network then instead I get directed to http://advancedsearch2.virginmedia.com/. Unfortunately this is broken functionality - the request actually returns an HTTP 200 OK instead of an HTTP 404 Not Found. The end result of this is that a number of important pieces of functionality end up not working correctly.
For myself personally, the big problem is in using my work laptop from home when I'm not connected to the work VPN. There are some internal websites that I use a lot, and as such I keep open all the time. If I have to restart my web browser when I'm at home then the request to load these sites for the first time will get redirected to the advancedsearch2 page silently instead of simply failing and staying on the correct URL.
Even worse than this though, if I attempt to do software builds (I'm a software engineer) from home then the attempt to download dependency artifacts will "successfully" download the advancedsearch2 HTML file instead failing to download the JAR file file from the internal repository, which causes complete chaos on my machine.
As such, I'm hoping that I can either opt out of the functionality, or be advised how it can be disabled.
Re: Opt out / disable advancedsearch2 functionality
Hi, i am having the same sort of issue with this but the link provided doesn't work, just goes to an opps... page! as i have been trying to turn this off also as i don't like the way its set out and overrides my google chrome search engine settings.