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August 3, 2012 1:50:39 PM

Recently i've noticed that when i open google and enter my search in the bar and press enter,
the results show up but the URL of the page is really weird.
normally it is www.google.co.in/#http://www.google.co.in/blank.html
when i click on one of the results, they open up normally,
but when i press the 'back' button, i do not get back to the results page, instead i'm redirected to some other google homepage, which is slightly different from my actual homepage. But the URL is really weird,
its like http://www.google.co.in/webhp?ech=1&psi=tY0SUKL2IYjqrAe...
and when i press 'back' again, i reach my original home page, ie. "http://www.google.co.in/"

you can check the differences in the pages urself if you like.

Other times when my URL doesnt end with "blank.html", it is usually pretty long,
something like this
"http://www.google.co.in/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=4&gs_id=g&xhr..."
on the other hand, when i searched the same thing on my friend's computer, the URL wasn't as complicated as this, and it was pretty short.

i dont understand what is wrong with my computer,
i tried different browsers and faced the same problem,
is it XSS
or a rootkit?
or some other spy stuff?
because its really weird being redirected to the page i never opened.
especially that "google.co.in/webph?..." one
i scanned my computer with anti-viruses and anti-spywares and even anti-rootkits, but no results found.

but as far as i know, rootkits are the hardest to be found, and theres no gaurantee of it being removed either, unless we reformat the computer.
What do u think it might be? Has anyone else faced this either?

one last thing i would like to know is that if i go for reformatting my window, and i copy some of my data, like movies, songs and images to an external device and add it to my new window,
will i have the threat of being infected by those files again?
i wouldnt copy any .exe files though.
August 3, 2012 2:09:01 PM

firecrust said:
Recently i've noticed that when i open google and enter my search in the bar and press enter,
the results show up but the URL of the page is really weird.
normally it is www.google.co.in/#http://www.google.co.in/blank.html
when i click on one of the results, they open up normally,
but when i press the 'back' button, i do not get back to the results page, instead i'm redirected to some other google homepage, which is slightly different from my actual homepage. But the URL is really weird,
its like http://www.google.co.in/webhp?ech=1&psi=tY0SUKL2IYjqrAe...
and when i press 'back' again, i reach my original home page, ie. "http://www.google.co.in/"

you can check the differences in the pages urself if you like.

Other times when my URL doesnt end with "blank.html", it is usually pretty long,
something like this
"http://www.google.co.in/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=4&gs_id=g&xhr..."
on the other hand, when i searched the same thing on my friend's computer, the URL wasn't as complicated as this, and it was pretty short.

i dont understand what is wrong with my computer,
i tried different browsers and faced the same problem,
is it XSS
or a rootkit?
or some other spy stuff?
because its really weird being redirected to the page i never opened.
especially that "google.co.in/webph?..." one
i scanned my computer with anti-viruses and anti-spywares and even anti-rootkits, but no results found.

but as far as i know, rootkits are the hardest to be found, and theres no gaurantee of it being removed either, unless we reformat the computer.
What do u think it might be? Has anyone else faced this either?

one last thing i would like to know is that if i go for reformatting my window, and i copy some of my data, like movies, songs and images to an external device and add it to my new window,
will i have the threat of being infected by those files again?
i wouldnt copy any .exe files though.


Try this, on a different computer, navigate www.google.co.in to see if you have the same issue. It could just be the google website doing some scripting.

On my computer, www.google.co.in does the same thing, and I am using a MAC, presumably you are using a Windows computer. So I wouldn't worry about it. I'm pretty sure it is google's scripting.
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August 3, 2012 2:18:15 PM

most time now it a tool bar redirector that gets people..when they dont use a non ie browser and a pop up blocker. you can get hit with drive by crap and installs. I would first install malwarebytes update it then reboot and run it in safe mode. if it finds something save the log or name of the malware or virus. if it a virus check that your anti virus engin and data are up to date..on a lot of pre builds the anti virus is good for 30 days or a year and then expires..(it run but wont update). if it has then uninstall it and then use mse/avast/avg..there free. if you have comcast or virizion see if they still have free av for there INTERNET users.
most viruses if you remove the virus and the stuff it drops in the regisrty you should not have to reload windows on a redirector type issue. one thing to be carefull of now is when you install programs (free or open sorce) read on what there installing. a lot of times they install there own tracking software or pop ups.
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August 4, 2012 11:39:48 AM

pretty sure its a virus, I got it yesterday and used system restore and it worked for me, not for all others though.
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