dodgy websites appearing when using google

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  1. kevandalice

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    when i click on a link on a google search, i frequently get redirected to other search sites and sometimes porn sites. i have deleted all offline contect history etc but it is still happening.

    can anyone help?

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    kevin
     
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    are you clicking on the sponsored links on google?
     
  3. kevandalice

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    no, just the normal search results
     
  4. Steve.J.Davies

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    what browser ?
    you got java enabled in it ?
     
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    I had this exact same problem a few weeks back, nothing showed up with any of my usual virus or ad aware check programmes but I did eventually track down the culprits. I think I managed to remove them but they were very very stubborn and to be safe in the end I reformatted and reinstalled windows. One culprit was what is known by about 3 different names and that is, ncase, zango, or 180 solutions search assistant.
    See more about this here
    http://www.xblock.com/product_show.php?id=507
    The other is something called smitfraud
    There is one virus check programme I'm afraid who's name escapes me that found both and would automatically remove them after paying a fee.
    After much searching I eventually found instructions to remove free but manually which does carry risks.
    Good luck it gave me headaches for a fortnight.
     
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    Can you provide a screen dump of whats happening ?

    Have you tried ? http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php
     
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    Check your "hosts" file a quick search will find it. Its should be pretty much empty apart from some descriptive text at the top and "127.0.0.1 localhost" entry.
     
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    most occasions my searches were hijacked it seemed to go to a search called localsearch if I recall rightly. It was definitely one of the problems I mentioned above that was doing it. I did find a way to remove it at one point but it just reinstalled its self at every reboot until I finally eliminated it for good.
    I also now recall that I got the damn thing by someone on this forum posting a link to another forum that I thought would be reputable as it was hosted by Labgear. Unfortunately a link I clicked on there told me I needed to install a missing video codec which I foolishly did and this is when the spyware / virus got installed, it wasn't a codec at all but a ruse to download the nasty.
     
  9. Stiggy

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    I guess you're not using IE7?

    I agree it's probably a hacked hosts file.
     
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    Had the same 2 weeks ago on my sons PC. Bitdefender found nothing and neither did HijackThis.

    Download Kaspersky AV and it found the virus, downloaded the required fix, rebooted and it was gone. HOW GOOD IS THAT!
     

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