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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by brassy1234, Oct 8, 2003.

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  1. brassy1234

    brassy1234 Thread Starter

    Aug 26, 2003
    when I try to do a search in MSN I get blank screens or it will take me to a website called "cPanel" a webmasters site.

    Also, if I type in google.com or any type of search, it takes me to this certain site.

    All other sites that I look up are fine.

    Why won't it let me go to certain sites? I don't have programs that stops me from visiting anything.
  2. grannysue


    Feb 1, 2003
    I just read about something similar in KimKomandos newsletter, might be what you're experiencing. Might not be, but it doesn't hurt to read it and see:
    Q. The strangest thing is happening to my computer. When I try
    to search with Google, I'm sent to an error page. It says I've
    downloaded a malicious program. I don't understand this. What must
    I do to correct this?

    A. I wrote about this in the last big weekend edition of our
    newsletter. But I want to cover it again, because I've gotten several
    calls on the show and e-mails about it. There is a fix, along with a
    new patch from Microsoft, so all hope is not lost!

    This problem is caused by a Trojan horse, which most people call
    Qhosts-1. It may also be called Delude. People apparently were lured
    into this situation by a spam e-mail. The spam sent them to a
    particular Web site, where a pop-up ad downloaded the Trojan horse.
    The download was accomplished through a flaw in Internet Explorer.

    The Trojan horse then downloaded a file called Partyboy.exe. It
    prevents access to search engines, including Google. Instead, victims
    initially were sent to a page that displayed pop-up ads. The people
    behind this probably were paid to run the ads. But that page was taken
    down by the Internet service provider hosting it, and replaced with the
    error message you saw.

    Last weekend, Microsoft issued a patch that fixes the flaw in Internet
    Explorer. Everyone should download it. Open Internet Explorer, and
    click Tools>Windows Update. Let the site scan your computer. You can
    also learn more about it here:

    If you have this problem on your computer, you have to change your
    hosts file. In Windows XP, it is located at:
    In Windows 2000, it's at:
    If you are using Windows 98 or ME, try C:\Windows\Hosts. I could
    not find a Hosts file on my installations of 98 and ME, but you may
    have it.

    Open the Hosts file with Notepad. Remove any references to Google
    or any other search engine, along with the IP address
    Save the file. If Notepad gives the Hosts file an extension of .txt,
    go into Windows Explorer and change it. There should be no dot or
    extension after the word Hosts.

    You may still have the Trojan horse or other files on your system.
    Run an updated anti-virus program. Also, run Ad-Aware and Spybot Search
    and Destroy to find and delete them. Those two programs are free and
    can be found at, respectively:
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