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OT:Google hijack

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Doum, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can guide me
    in the right direction.

    When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected to all
    sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.

    I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but it
    wasn't related with the Google problem.

    Any idea.

    This time, Google is NOT my friend.

    TIA
     
  2. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 05 Aug 2010, Doum <me@domain.net> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm
    > redirected to all sort of pages that have nothing to do with my
    > search.
    >
    > I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro
    > and Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove
    > it but it wasn't related with the Google problem.


    Check your hosts file (usually c:/windows\system32\etc\hosts).

    You may find that Google and maybe other sites are redirected to
    another, bogus address. If so, make a backup copy of the file and edit
    out everything other than the one line:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
     
  3. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Nil <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> écrivait news:Xns9DCB57EE670B5nilch1@
    130.133.4.11:

    > On 05 Aug 2010, Doum <me@domain.net> wrote in
    > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
    >
    >> When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm
    >> redirected to all sort of pages that have nothing to do with my
    >> search.
    >>
    >> I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro
    >> and Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove
    >> it but it wasn't related with the Google problem.

    >
    > Check your hosts file (usually c:/windows\system32\etc\hosts).
    >
    > You may find that Google and maybe other sites are redirected to
    > another, bogus address. If so, make a backup copy of the file and edit
    > out everything other than the one line:
    >
    > 127.0.0.1 localhost
    >


    Thank you for the quick reply.

    I tried your suggestions and rebooted but it didn't work.

    FWIW, my hosts file had only the above line and some comments lines
    preceeded by "#", I removed those lines but no changes in Google behavior.
     
  4. Doum wrote:
    > Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can guide me
    > in the right direction.
    >
    > When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected to all
    > sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >
    > I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    > Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but it
    > wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >
    > Any idea.
    >
    > This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >
    > TIA


    I bet you are using IE. This browser hijack likely has nothing to do
    with google. Have you tried Spybot yet? Also clear out your temp
    internet folders and jars if you have java installed.
     
  5. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    The poster formerly known as 'The Poster Formerly Known as Nina DiBoy'
    <me369@privacy.net> écrivait news:i3eev9$83n$1@speranza.aioe.org:

    > Doum wrote:
    >> Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can
    >> guide me in the right direction.
    >>
    >> When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected
    >> to all sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >>
    >> I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    >> Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but
    >> it wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >>
    >> Any idea.
    >>
    >> This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
    > I bet you are using IE. This browser hijack likely has nothing to do
    > with google. Have you tried Spybot yet? Also clear out your temp
    > internet folders and jars if you have java installed.
    >



    I never said it had something to do with Google, I said that when I click
    on a Google search result link it takes me to a page not related with the
    link in the search result.

    I am using IE AND Firefox. The problem exists in both browsers and began
    when I tried to fix a problem which was Firefox freezing when there was a
    video to play.

    Now FF can play videos but Google is all f****d up.

    Isn't Spybot the program that detects other anti-malwares programs as
    MALWARES?

    I'll check out "jars" but I already cleared IE temp files and cookies, in
    FF I found where to clear history but nowhere it talk about "temp" files
    and I don't necessarely want to clear history. I would prefer FF because
    of the way it manages downloads but it is a little too buggy and crash
    prone to my taste.
     
  6. norm

    norm Flightless Bird

    On 08/05/2010 07:22 AM, Doum wrote:
    > Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can guide me
    > in the right direction.
    >
    > When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected to all
    > sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >
    > I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    > Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but it
    > wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >
    > Any idea.
    >
    > This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >
    > TIA


    Following the instructions on this site should help you:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-tdss-tdl3-alureon-rootkit-using-tdsskiller

    --
    norm
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware
    infection!

    NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
    expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
    since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
    Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
    Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted
    software), and adware.
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1

    Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/

    Otherwise...

    1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

    NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

    2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!)
    in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

    2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

    3. Now post the requested information (logs, etc.) in your own, new thread
    in one (only) of the following recommended forums for assistance by an
    expert in such matters. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!

    • SpywareHammer: Malware Removal
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0

    • Spyware Warrior: Help with spyware removal
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,

    • DSL Reports: Security Cleanup
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup

    • Bluetack: Malware Removal
    http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php?showforum=172

    • AumHa: Malware Removal
    http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.

    Doum wrote:
    > Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can guide me
    > in the right direction.
    >
    > When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected to
    > all
    > sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >
    > I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    > Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but it
    > wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >
    > Any idea.
    >
    > This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >
    > TIA
     
  8. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:#ML23FLNLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...

    > A Repair Install will NOT help!


    A Kaspersky bootable Rescue CD will.
     
  9. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Greg Russell wrote:
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:#ML23FLNLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    >> A Repair Install will NOT help!

    >
    > A Kaspersky bootable Rescue CD will.
    >


    http://devbuilds.kaspersky-labs.com/devbuilds/RescueDisk10/

    22 Jul 2010 13:47:12 202678272 kav_rescue_10.iso

    Paul
     
  10. John Hacker

    John Hacker Flightless Bird

    Just ignore the previous message from a muppet. You will waist a lot of
    time scanning your site using all that software given in the links. You
    will be wise doing a clean install and start from scratch because within
    an hour you will be up and running again completely clean of all viruses
    and garbage planted by Microsoft.

    Hope this helps.


    On 05/08/2010 16:16, PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a
    > hijackware infection!
    >
    > NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription
    > had expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your
    > subscription has since expired and/or the machine's not been kept
    > fully-patched at Windows Update, don't waste your time with any of the
    > below: Format & reinstall Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!
    >
    > Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    > dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including
    > unwanted software), and adware.
    > https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1
    >
    > Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    > https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/
    >
    > Otherwise...
    >
    > 1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
    >
    > NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    > MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    > machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
    >
    > 2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
    > (only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    > http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
    >
    > 2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    > http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm
    >
    > 3. Now post the requested information (logs, etc.) in your own, new
    > thread in one (only) of the following recommended forums for assistance
    > by an expert in such matters. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
    >
    > • SpywareHammer: Malware Removal
    > http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0
    >
    > • Spyware Warrior: Help with spyware removal
    > http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    >
    > • DSL Reports: Security Cleanup
    > http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup
    >
    > • Bluetack: Malware Removal
    > http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php?showforum=172
    >
    > • AumHa: Malware Removal
    > http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30
    >
    > If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in
    > admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local,
    > reputable and independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad)
    > computer repair shop.
    >
    > Doum wrote:
    >> Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can guide me
    >> in the right direction.
    >>
    >> When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected
    >> to all
    >> sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >>
    >> I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    >> Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but it
    >> wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >>
    >> Any idea.
    >>
    >> This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
     
  11. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 05 Aug 2010, Doum <me@domain.net> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > Nil <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> écrivait
    > news:Xns9DCB57EE670B5nilch1@ 130.133.4.11:


    >> Check your hosts file (usually c:/windows\system32\etc\hosts).
    >>
    >> You may find that Google and maybe other sites are redirected to
    >> another, bogus address. If so, make a backup copy of the file and
    >> edit out everything other than the one line:
    >>
    >> 127.0.0.1 localhost

    >
    > Thank you for the quick reply.
    >
    > I tried your suggestions and rebooted but it didn't work.
    >
    > FWIW, my hosts file had only the above line and some comments
    > lines preceeded by "#", I removed those lines but no changes in
    > Google behavior.


    OK, at least that eliminates one possibility.

    I should have mentioned that you could have ignored any lines preceded
    by "#". They're comments that don't effect the effect of the file. You
    could have left them in, but it doesn't really matter.
     
  12. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    John Hacker <John.Hacker@Microsoft.com> écrivait
    news:-OklbMmLNLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    > Just ignore the previous message from a muppet. You will waist a lot
    > of time scanning your site using all that software given in the links.
    > You will be wise doing a clean install and start from scratch because
    > within an hour you will be up and running again completely clean of
    > all viruses and garbage planted by Microsoft.
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >
    >


    Anyway, I've been thinking about reformatting for a while now. It's been at
    least 5 years since the last clean install and there has been hardware
    changes on this machine (moving a high end audio interface to a newer
    machine). Since a few month, OE has been slow to start but for the rest
    everything has been just about OK.

    That hijack is the trigger that will make me do it, but I will experiment
    with regcleaner for the fun of it before doing it, I'll make my up-to-date
    backup before.

    Pentium4 3.0 Ghz - 2 gb RAM. Mostly internet and word processing.
     
  13. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/5/2010 6:48 PM, Doum wrote:
    > Since a few month, OE has been slow to start


    How big are your .dbx files? You should seriously consider using
    Thunderbird as Outlook Express is no longer supported. Thunderbird has a
    calendar add on called Lightning, a very good junk filter, real time
    spell check as you type and is much easier to back up and restore. You
    can get it at http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird.

    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  14. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Peter Taylor <noemailspam@please.com.invalid> écrivait news:i3eqgf$hl2$1
    @news.eternal-september.org:

    > On 8/5/2010 6:48 PM, Doum wrote:
    >> Since a few month, OE has been slow to start

    >
    > How big are your .dbx files? You should seriously consider using
    > Thunderbird as Outlook Express is no longer supported. Thunderbird has a
    > calendar add on called Lightning, a very good junk filter, real time
    > spell check as you type and is much easier to back up and restore. You
    > can get it at http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird.
    >


    Is there a way to transfer the emails I want to keep from OE to Thunderbird
    or T-bird understands dbx files as is?

    TIA
     
  15. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    The poster formerly known as 'The Poster Formerly Known as Nina DiBoy'
    <me369@privacy.net> écrivait news:i3eev9$83n$1@speranza.aioe.org:

    > Doum wrote:
    >> Sorry, I'm aware it's not exactly the right group but if you can
    >> guide me in the right direction.
    >>
    >> When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm redirected
    >> to all sort of pages that have nothing to do with my search.
    >>
    >> I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite, SuperAntispyware Pro and
    >> Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found one infected file and remove it but
    >> it wasn't related with the Google problem.
    >>
    >> Any idea.
    >>
    >> This time, Google is NOT my friend.
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
    > I bet you are using IE. This browser hijack likely has nothing to do
    > with google. Have you tried Spybot yet? Also clear out your temp
    > internet folders and jars if you have java installed.


    Spybot didn't fix this problem.
     
  16. Peter

    Peter Flightless Bird

    Doum wrote:
    > Peter Taylor<noemailspam@please.com.invalid> écrivait news:i3eqgf$hl2$1
    > @news.eternal-september.org:
    >
    >> On 8/5/2010 6:48 PM, Doum wrote:
    >>> Since a few month, OE has been slow to start

    >>
    >> How big are your .dbx files? You should seriously consider using
    >> Thunderbird as Outlook Express is no longer supported. Thunderbird has a
    >> calendar add on called Lightning, a very good junk filter, real time
    >> spell check as you type and is much easier to back up and restore. You
    >> can get it at http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird.
    >>

    >
    > Is there a way to transfer the emails I want to keep from OE to Thunderbird
    > or T-bird understands dbx files as is?
    >
    > TIA


    The easy way would be to install T-Bird now and import the OE files. You
    will be given that option when you first install T-Bird. Once done, go
    into the Moziila Thunderbird folder under Documents and Settings/User
    Name/Application Data/Thunderbird and copy everything in the folder to a
    pen drive. Once you reinstall XP, install T-Bird and open it and cancel
    it when it asks you to import or configure an email or news account.
    Copy what you have on the pen drive and paste it into the Thunderbird
    folder under Documents and Settings/User Name/Application
    Data/Thunderbird after deleting what the new install of T-Bird created
    when you opened it and your T-Bird will be exactly the way it was before
    the XP reinstall, including passwords :) Look around in the preferences
    and elect to use Spam Assassin for the Junk Filter. T-Bird is a bit
    different than OE but it's pretty easy to make the switch. I have a
    short cut to Documents and Settings/User Name/Application
    Data/Thunderbird on my desktop so I can easily back it up every day.

    For a more detailed explanation, see:

    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Outlook_Express

    You'll find some other useful links for using T-Bird at the above link
    as well.

    --
    Peter
     
  17. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Peter <nospaming@nospamed.com.invalid> écrivait
    news:i3et8q$5ns$1@speranza.aioe.org:

    > Doum wrote:
    >> Peter Taylor<noemailspam@please.com.invalid> écrivait
    >> news:i3eqgf$hl2$1 @news.eternal-september.org:
    >>
    >>> On 8/5/2010 6:48 PM, Doum wrote:
    >>>> Since a few month, OE has been slow to start
    >>>
    >>> How big are your .dbx files? You should seriously consider using
    >>> Thunderbird as Outlook Express is no longer supported. Thunderbird
    >>> has a calendar add on called Lightning, a very good junk filter,
    >>> real time spell check as you type and is much easier to back up and
    >>> restore. You can get it at http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Is there a way to transfer the emails I want to keep from OE to
    >> Thunderbird or T-bird understands dbx files as is?
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
    > The easy way would be to install T-Bird now and import the OE files.
    > You will be given that option when you first install T-Bird. Once
    > done, go into the Moziila Thunderbird folder under Documents and
    > Settings/User Name/Application Data/Thunderbird and copy everything in
    > the folder to a pen drive. Once you reinstall XP, install T-Bird and
    > open it and cancel it when it asks you to import or configure an email
    > or news account. Copy what you have on the pen drive and paste it into
    > the Thunderbird folder under Documents and Settings/User
    > Name/Application Data/Thunderbird after deleting what the new install
    > of T-Bird created when you opened it and your T-Bird will be exactly
    > the way it was before the XP reinstall, including passwords :) Look
    > around in the preferences and elect to use Spam Assassin for the Junk
    > Filter. T-Bird is a bit different than OE but it's pretty easy to make
    > the switch. I have a short cut to Documents and Settings/User
    > Name/Application Data/Thunderbird on my desktop so I can easily back
    > it up every day.
    >
    > For a more detailed explanation, see:
    >
    > http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Outlook_Express
    >
    > You'll find some other useful links for using T-Bird at the above link
    > as well.
    >


    TY
     
  18. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/5/2010 8:02 PM, Doum wrote:
    > Peter<nospaming@nospamed.com.invalid> écrivait
    > news:i3et8q$5ns$1@speranza.aioe.org:
    >
    >> Doum wrote:
    >>> Peter Taylor<noemailspam@please.com.invalid> écrivait
    >>> news:i3eqgf$hl2$1 @news.eternal-september.org:
    >>>
    >>>> On 8/5/2010 6:48 PM, Doum wrote:
    >>>>> Since a few month, OE has been slow to start
    >>>>
    >>>> How big are your .dbx files? You should seriously consider using
    >>>> Thunderbird as Outlook Express is no longer supported. Thunderbird
    >>>> has a calendar add on called Lightning, a very good junk filter,
    >>>> real time spell check as you type and is much easier to back up and
    >>>> restore. You can get it at http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird.
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> Is there a way to transfer the emails I want to keep from OE to
    >>> Thunderbird or T-bird understands dbx files as is?
    >>>
    >>> TIA

    >>
    >> The easy way would be to install T-Bird now and import the OE files.
    >> You will be given that option when you first install T-Bird. Once
    >> done, go into the Moziila Thunderbird folder under Documents and
    >> Settings/User Name/Application Data/Thunderbird and copy everything in
    >> the folder to a pen drive. Once you reinstall XP, install T-Bird and
    >> open it and cancel it when it asks you to import or configure an email
    >> or news account. Copy what you have on the pen drive and paste it into
    >> the Thunderbird folder under Documents and Settings/User
    >> Name/Application Data/Thunderbird after deleting what the new install
    >> of T-Bird created when you opened it and your T-Bird will be exactly
    >> the way it was before the XP reinstall, including passwords :) Look
    >> around in the preferences and elect to use Spam Assassin for the Junk
    >> Filter. T-Bird is a bit different than OE but it's pretty easy to make
    >> the switch. I have a short cut to Documents and Settings/User
    >> Name/Application Data/Thunderbird on my desktop so I can easily back
    >> it up every day.
    >>
    >> For a more detailed explanation, see:
    >>
    >> http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Outlook_Express
    >>
    >> You'll find some other useful links for using T-Bird at the above link
    >> as well.
    >>

    >
    > TY


    YW

    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  19. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    John Hacker wrote:
    > Just ignore the previous message from a muppet. You will waist a lot of
    > time scanning your site using all that software given in the links. You
    > will be wise doing a clean install and start from scratch because within
    > an hour you will be up and running again completely clean of all viruses
    > and garbage planted by Microsoft.
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >


    But the scan will tell you what it was.

    And then you can reinstall.

    If you know what it was, maybe you can figure out where it
    came from, or how you got it. And avoid getting it again ?

    Paul
     
  20. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:XnF9DCB60FE555Fdoumdomainnet@207.46.248.16,
    Doum <me@domain.net> typed:
    > Nil <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> icrivait
    > news:Xns9DCB57EE670B5nilch1@ 130.133.4.11:
    >
    >> On 05 Aug 2010, Doum <me@domain.net> wrote in
    >> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
    >>
    >>> When I do a search in Google and I click on a result, I'm
    >>> redirected to all sort of pages that have nothing to do
    >>> with my search.
    >>>
    >>> I did a scan with ZoneAlarm Security suite,
    >>> SuperAntispyware Pro and Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes found
    >>> one infected file and remove it but it wasn't related
    >>> with the Google problem.

    >>
    >> Check your hosts file (usually
    >> c:/windows\system32\etc\hosts).
    >>
    >> You may find that Google and maybe other sites are
    >> redirected to another, bogus address. If so, make a backup
    >> copy of the file and edit out everything other than the
    >> one line:
    >>
    >> 127.0.0.1 localhost


    For those who used downloaded, large hosts files, you'll also find a LOT of
    Google addresses you should leave in the hosts file; there is everything
    from lookalikes to very similar names to outright obvious redirects that are
    purposely in the hosts file to prevent just that sort of thing. Without
    scrutinizing any entry you remove, you might remove a black-hat/malicious
    site that seems to be but really isn't Google.
    AFAIK MS has the highest number of Google addresses in its downloadable
    data base (others not so many). My sister had lost contact to her art
    newsgroups she's used for years last summer and I finally found them in her
    new hosts file she'd just installed from MS. Once I got it straightened out
    and the corrected entries put into her hosts, all was fine. It was more a
    typo than anything else: The builders of the list were a little too
    inclusive in picking out the bad guys. I notified them but have no idea
    whether they took action or not.

    HTH,

    Twayne`

    >
    > Thank you for the quick reply.
    >
    > I tried your suggestions and rebooted but it didn't work.
    >
    > FWIW, my hosts file had only the above line and some
    > comments lines preceeded by "#", I removed those lines but
    > no changes in Google behavior.
     

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