Systems and methods for direction of communication traffic

  • US 7,631,101 B2
  • Filed: 11/01/2006
  • Issued: 12/08/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/05/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for directing communication, the method comprising:

  • receiving a request from an Internet user for a specific website;

    relaying the request to a domain name system (DNS) server to determine the Internet address for the website;

    responding to the request by providing a response containing an Internet address when the requested Internet address for the website is resolved by the DNS;

    if an Internet address for the requested website is not resolved by the DNS, performing the following actions;

    determining if the request is a request other than one associated with the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) by intercepting the request at a name level;

    if the request is not associated with HTTP, forwarding to the Internet user an error response for the request;

    for all other requests;

    directing the Internet user to a predetermined search network and returning a contrived IP address for a web server landing page in place of the unresolved domain name request;

    choosing at least one appropriate target through the search network;

    sending a request for information to that at least one target;

    receiving from the at least one target the requested information; and

    providing a result page to the Internet user, the result page being a culmination of information received from the at least one target,wherein the actions that are performed when the requested website is not resolved by the DNS are not performed by the Internet user'"'"'s computer.

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