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Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

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Grand Master

Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

Sometimes, when I try to go to facebook, it automatically redirects me to myspace.com. Yesterday, it redirected me to washingtonpost.com. Today, I tried to go to www.chicagotribune.com/sports and it redirected to myspace.com

URL of affected sites

http://www.facebook.com

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Senior User

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

I need some information to know what's happening:

  1. What are you typing in when you try to go to facebook?
  2. What appears below the location bar (address bar) while you type this?
  3. Are you selecting anything from the dropdown below the location bar? (It's selected if it appears with a dark background)
  4. When you press Enter to load the site, what is typed in and what (if anything) is selected below?
Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

1. www.facebook.com 2. nothing/not sure 3. no 4. it usually starts to go to the site I typed (sometimes actually goes to the site), but then redirects to the alternative site.

This seems to happen randomly. For instance, yesterday was the first time I was directed to www.washingtonpost.com instead of myspace.com...Today, when going to www.chicagotribune.com/sports it went to the site but didn't finish loading and then automatically redirected to myspace.com.

Senior User

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

Does it work if you include the http:// in front? (http://www.facebook.com instead of www.facebook.com)

Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

Not sure...although it does happen when I use a bookmark, so I assume that doesn't make a difference. I'll try it next time, but either way, it feels I should be concerned about figuring out what the problem is and fixing it.

Site Moderator

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

Do a malware check with a few malware scan programs. You need to use all programs because each detects different malware.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware http://www.superantispyware.com/ - SuperAntispyware http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html - Spybot Search & Destroy http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php - Ad-Aware Free http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx - Windows Defender: Home Page .......... See also "Spyware on Windows": http://kb.mozillazine.org/Popups_not_blocked

Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

I'm running Windows 7, w(and Norton's Internet Security in the background) and using Google Chrome, and I have the exact same problem, and only with the same website www.facebook.com. I am continually redirected to www.washingtonpost.com. I can not replicate the error with any other website other than facebook. See attached screen shot. Fascinating.

Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

Again, same Windows 7 user here, I have replicated the same problem in Internet Explorer. The problem follows only this one site, and not the browser.

I highly doubt there is any malware on this computer, but I will run a scan.

Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

I ran a full system scan in Norton's, which only found and removed cookies. After removing all cookies, I rebooted, and problem was resolved. While loss of connectivity to Facebook is fine, even a good thing perhaps, I was more curious as to the cause. There are forums across the internet with people discussing being redirected from www.facebook.com to www.washingtonpost.com, so there is definitely something to this, that in my case, had nothing to do with Firefox.

Grand Master

Re: Why does my browser sometimes redirect me to sites that I didn't type in the address bar. Frequently, I type in Facebook and it goes to Myspace (more recently the Washington Post.com).

I have a mac and both Firefox and Safari do the same to me they redirect me to a myspace page when I type in my favourite newspaper's address...the funny thing is that this myspace page has a facebook address here it is: http://www.facebook.com/extern/login_status.php?api_key=96096d828cda2291eead753919ac3553&extern=0&ch...