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Old 27-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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Redirects

Had a look on the first page and couldn't see it so I assume this hasn't come up before (or hasn't happened to anyone else), but every so often when I'm browsing on GO - and it only happens on GO - I'll get redirected to a variation of a shopping site. Happening quite a lot over the last week or so.

I thought I may have had a virus, and rather than scan everything in my PC, which is quite a lot, I reinstalled Windows from scratch on a totally formatted HDD, but it's happening again, so I know it's not a problem on my end.
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Old 27-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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Re: Redirects

Sounds interesting, are you using any extensions or plugins with your browser? If not, what site are you being redirected to? Could you post a link and/or screenshot of it if possible.

Although not seemingly at your end this can happen at a router level or even from your isp.
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Old 27-09-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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Re: Redirects

I've not got any extensions at all running atm, I'm literally on a clean install with Firefox, MSN and Skype installed, nothing else.

The next time it happens I'll take a screen and note the link and post it.
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Old 27-09-2010, 02:05 PM   #4
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Cheers DA.
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Old 27-09-2010, 10:39 PM   #5
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tried ad-aware?
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Old 28-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
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No need, as I said - clean install on a formatted drive. Coincidentally it hasn't happened again as of yet. I'll post as soon as it does, as I'm sure it will. Just to annoy me.
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Old 28-09-2010, 01:27 PM   #7
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Re: Redirects

afraid 100% its a virus of a type
not all anti-virus pick up the redirects
If you google it you will find shed loads of people with the same issue (and a lot started up last month again)

You need to run ad-ware (as bustercapinme said)
when you installed from scratch, what else did you install

Many years back there was a program called "gator" (which i am sure many users will recall)
And believe it or not, "gator" was installed with one of the well known divx packages
after a lot of complaints it was stopped being put in the install, but you get the picture behind this, its not classed a virus if you installed it (and it may of been part of another package)

If it pops up again, it would be worth making a list of all the software you are installing and where its coming from.
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Old 28-09-2010, 01:32 PM   #8
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Re: Redirects

The only things installed (literally EVERYTHING), is MSN, Skype and my Netgear drivers for wireless. I haven't got around to installing anything else yet, and all those are safe as anything else to use and install - so I highly doubt I've picked up the same virus (assuming it is indeed a virus) I had before I done the clean install, just from installing those three things.

EDIT: Also Firefox with no extensions/add-ons.
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which OS are you using?
windows 7 i take it
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Yeah, 7 Professional. (got from uni incase you're wondering if it's the Windows that's dodgy).
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Old 28-09-2010, 04:21 PM   #11
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hehe, na, just helps narrow down issues if we know which OS

If it pops up again (dont close the site)
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i can find some stuff to run on your pc to check where its all coming from for you
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Sorry couldn't resist....

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Alright will do. I'll need to add you on Skype, don't think I have you added and I tend to use that more than MSN these days.
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Alright will do. I'll need to add you on Skype, don't think I have you added and I tend to use that more than MSN these days.
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