When I misspell a domain name, the DNS servers of my ISP provider resolve the domain name to an IP address of a web server that tells you "we're sorry, the address you typed does not exist" together with some ads.

For example:

$ dig abcdefghijklmo.com           # using the DNS from my ISP
abcdefghijklmo.com. 0   IN  A

$ dig abcdefghijklmo.com @  # using Google's DNS
... no "ANSWER SECTION" ...

As you can see, I'm getting that useless A record instead of an empty answer. I want to get rid of that record.

From my computer I can see that the DNS server is, which is the address of my router. I could change from to, but I would lose the ability of resolving names within my LAN, so it is not an option. My router cannot be configured in any way, I cannot change it and I do not want to run a name server on another device. I contacted my ISP and they have explicitly said that they won't help me.

TL;DR: I must use as name server, but I want to filter out answers containing A How can I do that?

I'm using Ubuntu Desktop 15.04 with NetworkManager and dnsmasq.

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    That's what I call DNS spoofing... What unbelievable crappy ISP is this?! – Nephente Oct 9 '15 at 17:00
  • If you must use the gateway as DNS, can't you set a different DNS there instead of your ISPs? – Nephente Oct 9 '15 at 17:14
  • @Nephente: unfortunately no. I cannot configure my router in any way. – user16538 Oct 9 '15 at 17:25
  • @user16538 you might not be able to configure the router, but have you considered configuring your ubuntu machine to use custom dns ? – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Oct 10 '15 at 17:14

The solution is to use /etc/hosts entry on your Ubuntu.

  1. Make sure in /etc/nsswitch.conf on dns line the first option is files.
  2. Add line in /etc/hosts:
 abcdefghijklmo.com    ip_address
  • I want an NXDOMAIN error when resolving abcdefghijklmo.com. I do not want it to resolve another IP address. – user16538 Oct 9 '15 at 17:27
  • no you cant. to get NXDOMAIN error the entry must be deleted from DNS. NXDOMAIN or other DNS error are feedback from DNS server. – Aizuddin Zali Oct 9 '15 at 17:32

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