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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 9, 2008

Why do I have to type "WWW" in browser's address bar to access Google?


I've been experiencing a strange problem since last few days. In order to access Google, I must type the complete URL, that is I'm experiencing the problem with Firefox 3.

Earlier, the browser would take me to correct destination without having to type www before the domain name. The browser however works fine for other URLs including Gmail.

Any clue?
Ashraf HZ
Ashraf HZ • Nov 9, 2008
It still works for me, Firefox version 3.0.3.

If its not related to software problem, perhaps theres some problem with your nearest nameserver that holds all the dns information. I believe the www prefix would soon be discarded in the future, but for now, some name/dns servers still need it. Also, perhaps the "" entry is missing at the moment on the local nameserver. That's sometimes thats the case, as entries are always changing! DNS propogation always takes a while.

You've got to marvel the technology behind TCP/IP. Simply amazing stuff.
Mayur Pathak
Mayur Pathak • Nov 10, 2008
Yeah it works on my FF 3.0.3 too. In fact, when I type that, it either takes me to the most recent or the most viewed page in the history. But varies every time.

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