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    Google redirect

    Suddenly, every time I click on an image in Google images I get a Redirect Notice page telling me the previous page is sending me to x. I have to click that link to get the page I want.

    It is specifically a Google problem, Bing and Yahoo are fine.
    It only happens with IE and Opera, not FF, Chrome or Safari.
    There's no problem with links in text, or links on images generally, just images on Google's search page..
    It isn't malware as the pages I get to are always the correct ones.

    Search shows lots of people with same problem but no solutions. Tried clearing cache/temporary files, logging out of Google, doing system restore - nothing works. Any brill CUK ideas? Ta.
    Last edited by xoggoth; 27 August 2012, 22:00.
    bloggoth

    If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
    John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

    #2
    I got that yesterday on FF. Very puzzling as you say Xog.
    "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
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      #3
      It does sound like you've got some third party piece of malware going on, chaps. I use Firefox, and I wasn't able to replicate the problem described using it or IE when I first read this thread last night, so chances are it's not a problem with Google Image Search per se.

      It is also possible that you have some Google account option switched, which only causes the issue when you're actually logged in to your Google account, which would explain why in each case it's only happening on your main browser (which is probably the only one that you're signed into your Google account on).

      If I had access to your PC, I'd be using Fiddler to see exactly what requests were being made and by whom to diagnose the problem. But it's hard to guess what might be going on just from someone describing the behaviour they're seeing second-hand.

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        #4
        I tried it again on FF and Safari and couldn't get it to happen again.

        I had an Avast update this morning which may or may not have had something to do with it as it felt more like over-zealous AV rather than Malware (I'm not a fan of the 'I don't need AV, I'm a Fanboi' philosophy myself).
        "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
        - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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          #5
          Whcih version of IE? There is a long-known malware trojan that does this, and it's so deeply embedded it reappears if you try and clear it out (guess how I know that...) and is immune to anything and everything you might try to clean it with. I had it on IE7, so upgraded to IE8 - the only way to reinstall IE - and there it was, gone.

          Short term fix was to switch to Chrome, incidentally.
          Blog? What blog...?

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            #6
            Ta for answers. As I said, it isn't malware, not unless they are deliberately diverting me to the sites (mostly images of weeds) that I wanted to access in the first place. Virus check finds nothing and there are none of the symptoms associated with the redirect virus.

            Cojak had the problem yesterday and a number of posts are starting to pop up on the net from other people that just started having this exact same problem yesterday too. They all report that their various AVs find nowt also. May be coincidence but yesterday I also started having a problem with Google search on my little WinCE notebook although other sites including Yahoo are fine.

            I suspect that Google have ballsed something up.

            deviantART Forum: Google images redirect notice....
            Something annoying » Forum Post by JuniorCrooks

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            Short term fix was to switch to Chrome, incidentally
            Maybe that's what Google want us to do. I prefer my IE9. The fix is to switch to Bing.
            Last edited by xoggoth; 27 August 2012, 22:01.
            bloggoth

            If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
            John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

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              #7
              Originally posted by xoggoth View Post
              Ta for answers. As I said, it isn't malware, not unless they are deliberately diverting me to the sites (mostly images of weeds) that I wanted to access in the first place. Virus check finds nothing and there are none of the symptoms associated with the redirect virus.

              Cojak had the problem yesterday and a number of posts are starting to pop up on the net from other people that just started having this exact same problem yesterday too. They all report that their various AVs find nowt also. Yesterday I also started having a problem with Google search on my little WinCE notebook although other sites including Yahoo are fine.

              I suspect that Google have ballsed something up.

              deviantART Forum: Google images redirect notice....
              Something annoying » Forum Post by JuniorCrooks

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              Maybe that's what Google want us to do. I prefer my IE9. The fix is to switch to Bing.
              Yep - doing it for me now that I've read the instructions. It's fine if you wait for the image to enlarge first, but if you click before it does, you get the page (IE9 - no issues in FF)

              The redirect page is Google Image Result for http://nickbaines.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/pizza.jpg

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                #8
                Found this - it's a feature, not a virus.

                Edit : here's the explanation http://googlesystem.blogspot.co.uk/2...ct-notice.html

                Not clear why it's happening for all image results.

                Edit 2: I've run it through fiddler - definitely nothing else interfering.
                Last edited by mudskipper; 27 August 2012, 09:10.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mudskipper View Post
                  Found this - it's a feature, not a virus.

                  Edit : here's the explanation Google Redirect Notice

                  Not clear why it's happening for all image results.

                  Edit 2: I've run it through fiddler - definitely nothing else interfering.
                  I read that article before posting. It's difficult to see how it could explain this present behaviour, since it was written in 2007, and the problem being discussed only arose a couple of days ago. It also doesn't explain why it's only happening on specific browsers for specific people (thereby ruling out a DNS issue, which you would expect to affect every browser that an individual user tried on a given machine, whilst every browser on another machine for a different user with a different ISP could have been fine). Lastly, it doesn't explain why it's only happening on different types of browser for different people, and always their main browser.

                  I was able to replicate the issue last night. I usually use YesScript to block JavaScript on google.co.uk (because I find they have a talent for implementing annoying 'features' such as Google Instant: that thing that constantly interrupts and tries to second-guess you as you're typing in what you actually wanted to search for, then ignores what you typed anyway and "shows results for" terms that Google's marketers would have preferred you to have been looking for).

                  When I switched YesScript off, I experienced the problem on google.co.uk on Firefox only. IE was fine for me. I did a bit of analysis after that, but wasn't able to pin down why it only happened on FF for me, and IE for you, xoggoth. It doesn't appear to be anything to do with Cookies - I tried deleting those, and my History, to see if I could make it happen on IE too, but to no avail.

                  Whatever's causing it, the problem isn't happening on google.com's Image Search for me. So, xoggoth, if you want to get around the issue for now, I suggest you try it instead.

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                    #10
                    Interesting Gentile. If I turn off scripting it cures the problem for me too, but turning it off generally is not a realistic option as a I do various online interactives in jscript. Wonder if there is something that turns it off for specific pages?

                    Mudskipper. I missed that! Yes, just leaving 1 sec to enlarge before click does sort it. Great. Even my impatient nature can cope with that!

                    PS Another 25th august thread on the net:

                    http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4488282.htm

                    PPS and another

                    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachi...?topic=13536.0
                    Last edited by xoggoth; 27 August 2012, 21:43.
                    bloggoth

                    If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
                    John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

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