r/techsupport Aug 13 '22

Everything suddenly thinks I live in Germany Open | Networking

A little while ago I realised that google on my laptop was set to German for some reason. Some time passes, and today, things like twitter, reddit and google websites all think I live in Frankfurt, Germany. I obviously do not live anywhere near here. All of my twitter recommendations are german, reddit keeps recommending me german subreddits and every time I log in to something I get an email warning me about a suspicious log in from Frankfurt, Germany - which is obviously me.

This is clearly something to do with my ip, I do not have any vpn on. This has affected all of my devices.

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u/milkstake00 Aug 13 '22

No way around it, better move to Frankfurt.

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u/Gab446 Aug 13 '22

Guess I have to start learning German

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u/Snoo63 Aug 13 '22

Guten tag.

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u/acemccrank Aug 13 '22

Years ago I had a similar issue. Turns out my ISP provisioned me an IP address it wasn't supposed to. I called them and had them provision me a new IP and that fixed it.

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u/Interesting-Pea-8397 Aug 13 '22

1) Where do you live? 2) Try different browsers. Opera has built in VPN. You can use ipinfo.io/what-is-my-ip to get info about your IP. 3) What about other devises in same network?

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u/DogPlane3425 Aug 13 '22

Where do you live?

Probably Frankfort NY

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u/OkMany3232 Aug 13 '22

Where are you? Did you check what ip your modem gives you? Does it match in admin cmd nslookup myip.opendns.com resolver1.opendns.com

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u/SubzeroCola Aug 13 '22

Have you looked outside the window? You never know. Just check to be sure.

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u/brianfantastic Aug 13 '22

Hotdog! What an issue to have. I better not put any mustard on it and just be frank.

You’re moving to Germany.

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u/Carvtographer Aug 13 '22

Double-check your proxy settings to make sure no application is routing your traffic through a PAC file or something similar.

Make sure as well that if you run an ipconfig /all your DNS address is set to what is supposed to be.

After that, I would run MalwareBytes and see if it catches anything.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 13 '22

Wenn Sie also in letzter Zeit häufig ein VPN verwendet haben, hat dies möglicherweise dazu geführt, dass Ihre Standortdienste fälschlicherweise einen Haufen Cookies aufgegriffen haben, die mit deutschen Daten gekennzeichnet sind.

Haben Sie versucht, Cookies und Daten einfach aus Ihrem Browser zu löschen? Also Control + Shift + Delete im Browser und alle Daten löschen.

Sie können auch die Windows-Taste + R drücken, CMD eingeben und den Befehl „ipconfig /flushdns“ ausführen. Dadurch wird Ihr DNS-Resolver-Cache geleert und Ihr Computer wird neue Adressen für alles auflösen. Also sollte man die .de-Domains meiden.

Ich hoffe wirklich, dass jemand diesen Witz versteht, oder ich habe meine Zeit verschwendet.

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u/Gab446 Aug 13 '22

Oh no, it’s everywhere!!

Seriously though, it did turn out to be my vpn which for some reason was on without showing me.. I dont even have a valid subscription for it

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 13 '22

I'm amazed more of Reddit didn't clue on.

I must be getting old.

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u/Nijajjuiy88 Aug 13 '22

Ja, ich habe das Gleiche sofort getan, als ich den Beitrag gesehen habe.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 13 '22

Well, that makes two of us

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u/jhascal23 Aug 13 '22

Have you done a hard reset on your modem to see if that fixes it?

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

Windows laptop? Double-check Settings->Time and Language->Region. And also Settings->Privacy->Location->Set default.

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u/SouthWood77 Aug 13 '22

I was thinking that or maybe time zone.

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u/MazeMouse Aug 13 '22

Had that happen when my ISP bought an IP block and didn't change the geolocation on it.

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u/auto98 Aug 13 '22

Its often not the ISP havent changed it, but that the individual geolocation companies that consume that data dont update their databases very often - the ISP I work for had a huge problem for a long time with maxmind not updating their data for nearly a year after we get a block of IPs that was formerly a USA block.

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u/iceicig Aug 13 '22

How is Germany?

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u/ConciselyVerbose Aug 13 '22

Contact your ISP. That doesn’t happen at your end. The owner of your IP is responsible for all the geolocation stuff.

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u/Don_Pacifico Aug 13 '22

Time to start learning German.

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u/SirSpliffton Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

Do you use a VPN a lot by chance?

Edit: well, of he's using a VPN and portaling through a server in Germany while using the internet often then all his location data would say he lives in germany...

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u/Far-Signature-9628 Aug 13 '22

Are you in Europe generally? Are you on an Apple device? If so are you using the privacy function of iCloud +

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u/Gamer7928 Aug 13 '22

One of my ex-neighbors had an almost similar problem with her smartphone switching Google Voice from English into a different language. If I were you, I'd check your Google and device(s) (phones too since they use Google) settings to make certain all language and region settings are correct.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 13 '22

every time I log in to something I get an email warning me about a suspicious log in from Frankfurt, Germany - which is obviously me.

Why is this obvious?

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u/Hobocannibal Aug 13 '22

because the email comes at the same time as his own login attempt.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 13 '22

Couldn't someone be spoofing his credentials though? As part of a botnet?

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u/Hobocannibal Aug 14 '22

i mean... sure? but if all the websites you visit are assuming you're german, meaning your IP is showing up as german. And when you try to login your 2FA says someone tried to login from germany at the exact same moment.

You kind of assume at that point.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 14 '22

Or more that the botnet could have set up it's own VPN, and your computer is sending all traffic through the botnet

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u/Hobocannibal Aug 14 '22

Y'know, thats a fair point now that you've gone into detail... tbh i still think its a bit far fetched, since its usually something more simple thats being mistaken.

That said, i don't think what you said actually opposes what i said.

but i see OP has replied that they did have their own VPN that was turned on.

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u/That_Car_Dude_Aus Aug 14 '22

Yeah, my initial comments were made before OP realised they had their own VPN on

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u/Gab446 Aug 13 '22

Yeah and it also told me the device used to log in which matches with mine

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u/mcmron Aug 13 '22

If you visit https://www.ipaddress.my , do we get it reported as in local?

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u/Stoenk Aug 13 '22

Merkwürdig

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u/mlvisby Aug 13 '22

Do you use a VPN? I used to connect my VPN to other countries, until websites started thinking I was in those countries, so now I connect to the US. That is how people circumvent the regional blocks to access content from other countries, like Netflix's catalog.

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u/hinterlufer Aug 13 '22

Similarly, my Amazon.de regularly switches from German to English although I tell it to stay in German every time.

My guess is that it's because I've set everything else to English, but I don't want badly, automatically translated product names and descriptions.

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u/Nijajjuiy88 Aug 13 '22

Okay, das kann an den Regionseinstellungen auf Ihrem PC liegen. da Browser Ihre lokalen Regionseinstellungen als Filter für Dinge verwenden. Stellen Sie sicher, dass es richtig eingestellt ist.

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u/smf242424 Aug 13 '22

Just learn German 😌

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u/compuwar Aug 13 '22

Apple Mac and IOS devices can be set to hide their IPs.

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u/triangleplayingfool Aug 13 '22

Du ist ein Frankefurter

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

I need to get into the business of fixing computer problems. Reinstall browser