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Redirects in Google search results?

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#1 NikJ92


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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:54 PM

This only seems to happen in Firefox. When I search something on Google and MSN (it doesn't do this with Yahoo or Ask), and begin to click a link in the results, it changes to a long URL like this:


Sometimes it'll just go to the link I intended to go to, and other times it will go to a parked domain (it's always a different one).

When you hover over one of the search results, it'll just show the URL that it is supposed to, but when you click it that's when it changes (I can see the URL in the status bar when I click and hold).

Example image of Google:

I've had this problem for about a month, maybe a little longer. Nothing was found when I had my thread up in the HijackThis Logs and Infections Removal board, and I've ran Malwarebytes and a-squared both at least twice (both programs are up to date).

I should also mention that I have Windows XP SP3, and McAfee Security Center for my firewall and anti-virus. For add-ons, I have:
- Download Statusbar
- Foxytunes
- Google Gears
- IE Tab
- ImageShack Toolbar
- McAfee Site Advisor
- Web Developer Toolbar

There's also some plugins listed in there: Java Quick Starter, and Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant; and the only theme I have is the default one.

Edited by NikJ92, 06 April 2009 - 08:03 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 07:39 PM

Give the MVPS Hosts File a try, see if that helps resolve the issue.

Take the time to read the info a the site so you understand what it does, then download it, unzip it and run the batch file as directed.


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#3 NikJ92


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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:36 AM

I tried it, but the problem is still there.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:39 AM

Well, hopefully this isn't a waste of a post, but did you try reinstalling Firefox?
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 05:08 AM


Try the same address's through this proxy, if the result are different, it could be
a DNS problem, and maybe something you could talk about with your ISP.

Proxy: http://hidemyass.com/



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