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Google search results are hijacked, re-directed to one of a wide range of search/advertising sites, including

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Google search results are hijacked, re-directed to one of a wide range of search/advertising sites, including

Removed ads -MJB

I know this because I tried adding filters in the AdblockPlus Firefox add-on (which is where I copied them from to create the list above). This seems to work at first, but the malware/virus still forces the re-direct, it just cycles through those already blocked until it finds one that isn't, and opens it.

I can get around this by right-clicking the Google-hit title link, clicking "copy link location", then pasting it into the address window, but this is a pain. Plus it's annoying and disconcerting to know this virus/malware somehow got past ZoneAlarm and is now sitting somewhere on my computer with who knows what additional mischief still to come.

Is this a known problem with an available fix? If not, please notify me if/when any such fix becomes available!

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Re: Google search results are hijacked, re-directed to one of a wide range of search/advertising sites, including

Your issue may be caused by Malware. You can run and update the following free anti virus software:

1. Malwarebytes (Free version) - http://www.malwarebytes.org

2. Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org

3.Spyware Terminator - http://www.spywareterminator.com

In addition, there are a number of forums you can use to help get rid of your infection. These include: