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always redirected to: google.ad.sgdoubleclick.net.

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Every time I click on a "link", I am redirect to a web page telling me "Firefox can't find the server at google.ad.sgdoubleclick.net."

I have run every "bug" software there is looking for the culprit, but nothing has been found. I do not have this problem with other browsers. . . . . .

Chosen solution

Thanks a ton, Keithe. This problem popped up for me (along with some other problems), when my system was compromised about a week and a half ago. No matter what kind of scans or cleaning methods I used, my Firefox would always try to redirect me to this ad site from Google results.

I disabled XulRunner in the Add-Ons and the problem seems to be fixed.

However, I think XulRunner isn't inherently the problem. I Googled XulRunner and it seems to be a legitimate Mozilla add-on for something-another.

Is it possible the XulRunner extension was just corrupted by something (e.g.:malware), and can be restored to how it originally was?

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Additional System Details

Sites Affected

http://

Installed Plug-ins

  • getplusplusadobe16290
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • BitCometAgent v1.19 for Firefox
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.4"
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Default Plug-in
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r53
  • CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Album Plugin Utility Module
  • 4.0.50917.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Version 0.9.17, copyright 2008-2010 Veetle Inchttp://www.veetle.com/
  • Version 0.9.17, Copyright 2006-2009 Veetle Inchttp://www.veetle.com/
  • Version 0.9.17, copyright 2006-2010 Veetle Inchttp://www.veetle.com/
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_20 for Mozilla browsers
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.10) Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10 SearchToolbar/1.2

More Information

keithe 0 solutions 1 answers

Helpful Reply

I fixed it!

For me, Virus/malware scanners showed nothing. It turned out to be a firefox extension called XULRunner. I disabled it and the search redirecting went away. The "uninstall" button was grayed out, so I had to do a trick to uninstall it. I ran regedit, then searched the registry for "extensions". For all the firefox extension keys that it found, I looked at the path that it showed. I went to that path, and opened the install.rdf file in a text editor. When I found one that contained the string "XULRunner", I deleted the folder and the registry key. Problem solved!

rudy246 1 solutions 1 answers

Chosen Solution

Thanks a ton, Keithe. This problem popped up for me (along with some other problems), when my system was compromised about a week and a half ago. No matter what kind of scans or cleaning methods I used, my Firefox would always try to redirect me to this ad site from Google results.

I disabled XulRunner in the Add-Ons and the problem seems to be fixed.

However, I think XulRunner isn't inherently the problem. I Googled XulRunner and it seems to be a legitimate Mozilla add-on for something-another.

Is it possible the XulRunner extension was just corrupted by something (e.g.:malware), and can be restored to how it originally was?

Question owner

yep.... solved the problem. NOW I have a different problem....firefox opens a tab all by itself and keeps going to the same website. I do not have this specific website saved as a favorite. . . . Where is this p.i.t.a. hiding?  :)

morelock2 0 solutions 1 answers

I can't believe it, but this worked for me too! Thank you so much!! I thought I was going to have to back to using Internet Explorer.