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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 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.
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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