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What can be the cause of these persistent malicious redirects?

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I have had this issue for a while now where very occasionally I get redirected to a spam site while clicking on a Google search result. When I click on the search result again, I get sent to the right site. The affected sites are to my knowledge entirely unrelated. I deleted most of my add-ons in an attempt to eliminate possible causes, but since it only happens occasionally I can't really test it.

Since I began noticing this, I have installed another Linux distro and copied over my Firefox profile. Today I noticed it happening again.

I ended up on

In the past I ended up on and

The add-ons I am currently using are uBlock Origin, Old Reddit Redirect, Plasma Integration and Feed Preview (plus a disabled Web Developer add-on). The only add-on of those that I also used when I first noticed the effects was uBlock Origin. This add-on is pretty well-established though, so I can't imagine it being the source of these malicious redirects.

Do you have any idea?

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It might be the website is corrupted.

You may have ad/mal-ware. Further information can be found in this article;

Run most or all of the listed malware scanners. Each works differently. If one program misses something, another may pick it up.