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Web pages redirecting to Google.com/uds/... page? (Firefox 19+ Mac OS X)

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When I visit certain pages with ties to Google Ads or Google Trends, such as yellowpages.com or knowyourmeme.com, I get an immediate redirect to a blank Google page, usually google.com/uds... along with some term like adtest and the desired URL in html/unicode text.

For example, going to http://www.yellowpages.com/moscow-id/model-trains redirects to http://www.google.com/uds/afs?q=model%20trains%20moscow%20id&client=attinteractive-yp&adtest=off&r=m&adpage=1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&fexp=21404&format=w3&ad=w3&nocache=8751362135301596&num=0&output=uds_ads_only&v=3&adlh=on&adext=as1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yellowpages.com%2Fmoscow-id%2Fmodel-trains&&u_his=1&u_tz=-480&dt=1362135301597&u_w=1920&u_h=1080&bs=1905,946&ps=1905,4979&frm=0&loader=alt#master-1&safe=high (a quick search reveals that this is a Google AdSense for Search query.)

This only started a few weeks ago after I upgraded to Firefox 19.0 and upgraded my Java, Flash and other plugins to the latest versions (straight from the official websites; no chance of fake third-party upgrades). I just upgraded to the FF20 beta; the issue persists here as well. I also tried disabling my ad blocker (GlimmerBlocker; a standalone proxy-based blocker) to no avail.

I'm not sure if it's a Javascript issue with Firefox, or if Google changed their code, or what. I didn't have this problem on Firefox on Windows on a school computer, although I don't recall if that was a current or older version.

Here is the raw HTML for the Google page (LONG):

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Modified by cor-el

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.6 r602
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • The Google Earth Plugin allows you to view 3D imagery and terrain in your web browser.
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Amazon MP3 Downloader Plugin 1.0.17
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • 5.1.10411.0

Application

  • Firefox 20.0
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:20.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/20.0
  • Support URL: http://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/20.0/Darwin/en-US/

Extensions

  • Advertising Cookie Opt-out 1.5 (optout@google.com)
  • Feedback 1.2.2 (testpilot@labs.mozilla.com)
  • Flashblock 1.5.15.1 ({3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a})
  • keyconfig 20110522 (keyconfig@dorando)
  • PDF Viewer 0.7.236 (uriloader@pdf.js)
  • Troubleshooter 1.0a (troubleshooter@mozilla.org)
  • WebFilter - The content filtering addon! 0.19.6.9 (info@cloudacl.com)
  • FoxReplace 0.14.0 (fox@replace.fx) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

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  • adapterDrivers:
  • adapterRAM:
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  • driverDate:
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  • numAcceleratedWindows: 1
  • numTotalWindows: 1
  • webglRenderer: ATI Technologies Inc. -- ATI Radeon HD 6750M OpenGL Engine
  • windowLayerManagerType: OpenGL

Modified Preferences

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar: 0
  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 358400
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4
  • browser.startup.homepage: http://www.google.com
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20130220104816
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 20.0
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • dom.w3c_touch_events.expose: False
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 20.0
  • font.language.group: x-western
  • gfx.blacklist.direct2d: 3
  • gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d9: 3
  • gfx.blacklist.webgl.msaa: 4
  • image.mem.discardable: False
  • image.mem.max_ms_before_yield: 200
  • image.mem.min_discard_timeout_ms: 15000
  • layers.async-video.enabled: True
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1361632610
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 104858
  • plugins.hide_infobar_for_carbon_failure_plugin: True
  • plugins.hide_infobar_for_missing_plugin: True
  • plugins.hide_infobar_for_outdated_plugin: True
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • security.warn_viewing_mixed: False

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
iamjayakumars
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Helpful Reply

Try the Firefox Safe Mode to see how it works there. The Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode, which disables most add-ons.

(If you're not using it, switch to the Default theme.)

  • You can open the Firefox 4.0+ Safe Mode by holding the Shift key when you use the Firefox desktop or Start menu shortcut.
  • Or use the Help menu item and click on the Restart with Add-ons Disabled... menu item while Firefox is running.

Don't select anything right now, just use "'Start in Safe Mode" To exit the Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before using the Firefox shortcut (without the Shift key) to open it again. If it is good in the Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, and you need to figure out which one.

Please follow the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article for that.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help other users who have the same problem.