Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by Backwardation, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. I recently discovered that I was unable to get to the Google Website. A page would come up talking about a redirect program and what to do about it. I followed the instructions and did what it said, but I still can't go to the Google Website. Also, I can not do a search in Yahoo either. Any Advice would be greatly appreciated.


    Get Spybot Search & Destroy from the above website. It's free, and it will almost always knock out problems like yours. Download the program, Load the program, Use the update feature, then scan.
  3. What browser are you using?

    Yahoo has had a browser update in the last few days. You might try downloading it if you use the Yahoo browser.

    Are you able to reach other websites OK?
  4. Have had the same problem. Adaware hasn't helped, doign the notebook thing hasn't helped either, haven't downloaded spybot yet.

    I get this page when trying to bring up google:

    Are you trying to get to Google?
    Your computer is running software that doesn’t allow you to use Google.
    You’re seeing this page because your computer is trying to send you to a website that is pretending to be Google. Over the past few weeks, you may have seen a website that looks like Google, but launches pop-up windows and does not work like Google. That page is not affiliated with Google in any way and is intended to deceive you.

    Why is this happening?
    Most likely a program was installed on your computer automatically and without your knowledge when you downloaded an otherwise harmless piece of software. Or you may have been tricked into clicking on a disguised download button while visiting a website.

    What can I do about it?
    This problem can be fixed fairly easily, but will require that you make changes in a file that is part of your computer’s operating system. You should always be cautious when making these kinds of adjustments, as they may affect the performance of your computer. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you may want to print out this page and show it to someone whose technical knowledge you trust.

    What steps do I take?
    The first step is to remove the entry for Google from your hosts file. This entry is telling your computer where to send your computer instead of to Google.

    In Windows, open the Notepad program. You can do this by going to the Start menu in the lower left of your screen, selecting “Programs,” then “Accessories,” then “Notepad.”

    In the Notepad menu, click on “File,” then “Open.” You will see a new window asking which file to open. You may need to change "Files of type" to "All Files" instead of "Text Documents". The actual file to open is listed below:

    If your computer is running Windows XP, Window NT, or Windows 2000, the file is located in the folder found by following this path:

    My Computer >Local Disk(C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >hosts

    If your computer is running Windows 98, Second Edition or Windows ME, the file is located in the folder found by following this path:

    My Computer >Local Disk(C) >Windows >hosts

    Once you have opened this file, remove entirely any line of text that contains “”, “” or other Google domains (such as “”). To remove the text, highlight it by dragging your pointer across the line while holding down the mouse button. Once the text is highlighted, hit the Backspace or Delete button, then save the file by going to the File menu and clicking “Save.” You can now exit Notepad.

    What else can I do?
    You might want to try software that attempts to detect and uninstall programs like this one. While we do not have a relationship with anyone who offers this software and we cannot endorse a particular product, the most popular programs for doing this seem to be Spybot Search and Destroy and LavaSoft's AdAware. The particular program affecting your computer is relatively new, so these products might not be able to detect and repair this type of problem yet.

    The next step is to learn more. You can visit to review information about a number of known self-installing software programs. Several articles on the web may be helpful, such as


    Investigate individual programs using search engines. Try keywords such as "spyware," "scumware," and "adware."
    Once you’re informed, take action. Help your family and friends avoid these annoying programs. If you can find the site that installed this software on your computer, let them know how you feel about it. You might also want to track down companies that benefit from having your web visits redirected, and share your feelings with them.

    Finally, it's quick and easy to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This U.S. government agency handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices. To file a complaint, visit: and click on "File a Complaint Online", or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. Or write to:

    Federal Trade Commission
    Washington, D.C. 20580

    If your complaint is against a company in another country, you can file it at
  5. I just got slammed with a bunch of casino shortcuts on my desktop. One trick they are using is running their spam in the background so when spybot searches and finds the program it cannot erase the program because it is currently being used. After you've run spybot, make a note of the programs it has found that it cannot erase, hit control, alt, delete to bring up Windows Task Manager and find those files that are running that Spybot found and end them, then rerun Spybot and it will fix the problem. Hint:If you are not sure what programs are a necessity to running your computer you will want to be real careful in closing them. 8 times out of ten the programs you close are not critical.
  6. Yes I have something that I cannot erase with ad-aware. I was wondering what was going on with that.
  7. gaj


    a couple tips:
    run opera (browser) without popups allowed, and without things like flash being auto-enabled.

    go to and d/l and run some of their programs, such as shields up, unpnp, and the shoot the messenger program.

    if things are popping up without you going to sites, you've likely downloaded a program onto your machine. ad aware will probably get rid of it, and the grc stuff will close some of the common entryways.