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Windows 7: Firefox google search problem


29 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Firefox google search problem

I don't know what happened but about 10 minutes ago google searching (firefox 3.6.2) went weird. I have to hit the Google Search button multiple times for it to actually search, if I just hit it once it does the loading circle near the favicon and reloads back to the google page. Could this be a javascript virus? I've been scanning but found nothing. I think the site that may (if) have caused this is [LINK REMOVED BY ADMIN] you can probably guess what I wanted to do.


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29 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That does not look like a very reputable site. I strongly suggest scanning for viruses using Malwarebytes.
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29 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
That does not look like a very reputable site. I strongly suggest scanning for viruses using Malwarebytes.
Yeah, I have that program, I'll start scanning later tonight to see if anything comes up, thanks.
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09 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 
Google redirect problem

Hi,
Both Firefox 3.6.3 and IE8 on a Win 7 machine have become "infected" in some way. I updated FF to 3.6.3 yesterday but I am not sure if the problem was there before - I tend to use Chrome most of the time.

When you do a Google search and get a list of possible sites any selection:
- takes you to the sites then quickly override the information and take you to another obscure search engine or
- do not go to the listed site at all - just go to another search engine or
- take you back to the list that was created by Google (a loop?).

The first search from the list SOMETIMES works then the "infection" seems to "wake up" and start working as above all the time.

After doing the following over several hours I have removed them both - Chrome is the only program not affected on that machine at this time:
- un-installed FF and edited the Registry to remove any references, then re-installed
- tried using Malwarebytes (and others) plus a couple of virus checkers (nothing found)
- checked online and none of the suggested ideas work - some suggest using a particular piece of "free" software then ask for the fee - opportunists at work?

Some sites say "do not read other sites for a solution" then proceed to give information that does not work.

Since I have always trusted this site and have used ideas to solve problems I decided this is the only place where I will post anything. I can manage with Chrome but I am intrigued by the problem. It is posted on MANY sites. I do not know if it is Win 7 specific but an old XP machine seems fine with the same browsers.
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09 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That is most definitely a virus. Download and install Microsoft Security Essentials and run a Full scan.

I have asked the mods to move this to the Security Forum, just as a heads-up, where our Malware experts roam.
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09 Apr 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gday
tried using Malwarebytes (and others) plus a couple of virus checkers (nothing found)
hi.........first
give these a spin i.e. if not already
hitman pro
dr web cureit
and
check your hosts files
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09 Apr 2010   #7
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Please remove URL tag from the link you posted.
As it's possibly malicious link and unaware member can click on it by accident...

By the way:

Norton Safe Web, from Symantec - report for downloadyoutubevideo.org
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09 Apr 2010   #8

 
 

this seems like a browser hijack or a series new virus run scans with malwarebytes,hitman pro and any other antivirus software check your start up items and task manager to see if you can find anything that should not be there.
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09 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

If you must visit sites like that you should be using WOT
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09 Apr 2010   #10

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

WOT has the website listed as safe.

For Firefox and Flock users, I recommend LinkExtend.
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