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    bonk

    When IE7 can not find a a site it opens the startpage instead. I find this very annoying, since this causes extra useless traffic, I'd rather see a error message (404 or whatever) like in any other browser (including ie6). What can I do?

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    bonk wrote:
    When IE7 can not find a a site it opens the startpage instead. I find this very annoying, since this causes extra useless traffic, I'd rather see a error message (404 or whatever) like in any other browser (including ie6). What can I do?


    IE7 (and 6, as I recall) both run a search for a web address if it's not found and it's not (1) a link from another page or (2) prefixed with http://.

    I've never had it open my start page when it can't find a site.  It just gives me "This page could not be displayed" like IE always has.

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    bonk

    If I type kjsdkdjfg.de into the adress bar of IE7 it opens www.google.de (wich happens to be my startpage) without any search string.

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    odujosh

    IE redirects to your default search provider providing the ill url as the search criteria. I think the design process here was giving them something rather than nothing is a better design. I am quite sure your network isn't choking on the few kb unless your on dial up. Which in that case join the broadband generation:)

    Of course you would get a 404 error if you gave a valid domain but an invalid URL for that domain.

    For example try:
    http://www.live.com/reallysucks

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    bonk wrote:
    If I type kjsdkdjfg.de into the adress bar of IE7 it opens www.google.de (wich happens to be my startpage) without any search string.


    That's strange.  Does your search bar work?

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    bonk

    Yes, my ie7 searchbar bar works fine. This URL http://www.live.com/reallysucks redirects me to google.de (plain page without any search strings) My standard search provider is live.com.

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    bonk wrote:
    Yes, my ie7 searchbar bar works fine. This URL http://www.live.com/reallysucks redirects me to google.de (plain page without any search strings) My standard search provider is live.com.


    Are you running any browser add-ons?  Try starting IE without add-ons (via right-click on the IE icon or the link in Accessories/System Tools).

    This is definitely not normal behavior.

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