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Problem With Google as Homepage.

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Canadian_Nob, Sep 23, 2003.

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  1. Canadian_Nob

    Canadian_Nob Thread Starter

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    Okay so recently when I go to open up IE, with Google set as the homepage, it just remains a blank screen and says 'connecting to site XX.XXX.XXX.XX' and just stays there. When I hit stop and refresh there's no problem at all. The page comes up like it should.
    When I set the homepage to something else eg: Yahoo or metacrawler, it works fine.
    It only happens when the homepage is set to google and I open a new IE portal. the thing that ticks me off is that this problem ONLY OCCURS for Google.

    I ran VirusScan, ScanDisk and I even defragged the HDD but still the problem remains. I tried repairing and reinstalling IE6 and still the same crap with Google as the homepage.

    BTW, I'm runing on Win'98 2nd Ed.
    Can anyone help me? Ask for more info if you need it.
    THanks for reading.
     
  2. TonyKlein

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    It probably has to do with yor IE settings concering cookies or security settings. You may have to try changing them until you find what works.

    Strange as it may seem, I've heard of this type of behavior if there are pop-up blockers running. Just a thought.
     
  4. Canadian_Nob

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    I dont have a poop-up blocker running. thanks tho.

    thanks for the links. one other question: what are they? mirror sites? www2?? www3?? what's up with the #?

    thanks.
     
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  7. Canadian_Nob

    Canadian_Nob Thread Starter

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    wow
     
  8. Canadian_Nob

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    i use google.ca but i tried other googles and it's the same result
    i just changed to ca.msn.com
     
  9. Canadian_Nob

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    ack!
    now when I go to google.ANYTHING I get this:

    Are you trying to get to Google?
    Your computer is running software that doesn’t allow you to use Google.
    You’re seeing this page because your computer is trying to send you to a website that is pretending to be Google. Over the past few weeks, you may have seen a website that looks like Google, but launches pop-up windows and does not work like Google. That page is not affiliated with Google in any way and is intended to deceive you.

    Why is this happening?
    Most likely a program was installed on your computer automatically and without your knowledge when you downloaded an otherwise harmless piece of software. Or you may have been tricked into clicking on a disguised download button while visiting a website.

    What can I do about it?
    This problem can be fixed fairly easily, but will require that you make changes in a file that is part of your computer’s operating system. You should always be cautious when making these kinds of adjustments, as they may affect the performance of your computer. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you may want to print out this page and show it to someone whose technical knowledge you trust.

    What steps do I take?
    The first step is to remove the entry for Google from your hosts file. This entry is telling your computer where to send your computer instead of to Google.

    In Windows, open the Notepad program. You can do this by going to the Start menu in the lower left of your screen, selecting “Programs,” then “Accessories,” then “Notepad.”

    In the Notepad menu, click on “File,” then “Open.” You will see a new window asking which file to open. You may need to change "Files of type" to "All Files" instead of "Text Documents". The actual file to open is listed below:

    If your computer is running Windows XP, Window NT, or Windows 2000, the file is located in the folder found by following this path:

    My Computer >Local Disk(C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >hosts

    If your computer is running Windows 98, Second Edition or Windows ME, the file is located in the folder found by following this path:

    My Computer >Local Disk(C) >Windows >hosts

    Once you have opened this file, remove entirely any line of text that contains “google.com”, “www.google.com” or other Google domains (such as “google.co.uk”). To remove the text, highlight it by dragging your pointer across the line while holding down the mouse button. Once the text is highlighted, hit the Backspace or Delete button, then save the file by going to the File menu and clicking “Save.” You can now exit Notepad.

    What else can I do?
    You might want to try software that attempts to detect and uninstall programs like this one. While we do not have a relationship with anyone who offers this software and we cannot endorse a particular product, the most popular programs for doing this seem to be Spybot Search and Destroy and LavaSoft's AdAware. The particular program affecting your computer is relatively new, so these products might not be able to detect and repair this type of problem yet.

    The next step is to learn more. You can visit http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ to review information about a number of known self-installing software programs. Several articles on the web may be helpful, such as

    · http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/14/1050172507212.html
    · http://news.com.com/2100-1023-877568.html
    · http://news.com.com/2100-1023-257592.html

    Investigate individual programs using search engines. Try keywords such as "spyware," "scumware," and "adware."
    Once you’re informed, take action. Help your family and friends avoid these annoying programs. If you can find the site that installed this software on your computer, let them know how you feel about it. You might also want to track down companies that benefit from having your web visits redirected, and share your feelings with them.
     
  10. Canadian_Nob

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    but the host file is not a notepad file.
    so I cannot modify it can I?
     
  11. Canadian_Nob

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    okay
    there are two 'hosts' files in the directory:
    one is a SAM file created a few years ago
    and the other is a FILE with a created date of a few days ago...when this started happening...
    so....can I just delete the newer file and ya?
     
  12. Canadian_Nob

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    okay
    sorry I shoulda looked into it more b4 posting
    All I did was follow the directions about the HOST file and it works fine now.
    yay
    thanks every1.
     
  13. Flrman1

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    Canadian_Nob

    It would probably be a good idea to post a Hijack This log. There may be some other things that need attention.

    Please do this. Go here http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ and download Hijack This. Un Zip it and click on the Hijackthis.exe.

    Click the "Scan" button when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.

    Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

    Do NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless. Someone here will be glad to advise you on what to fix.
     
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