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Old July 28 2009, 03:59 AM   #1
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Getting Sick of This!

For the past day or so, anything I type in Google comes up with this:





What the hell is going on?


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Old July 28 2009, 04:03 AM   #2
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weird!

I've never got that.

Have you tried maybe going to a local (well, not local to you obviously) google instead - like google.ca or google.co.uk? Even just to see if your searches go through there.
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Old July 28 2009, 04:10 AM   #3
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^ Yep. I also cleared my cookies, cleared cache, and restarted the browser. I keep getting it, but only from Google.

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Old July 28 2009, 04:12 AM   #4
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That's really strange.
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Old July 28 2009, 04:16 AM   #5
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It is. I thought maybe at first my IRC client was causing it, but I shut it off and still get the messages. Almost every search. At least 9 out of 10.

I'm running an AV scan right now just in case it is me, but my router is routinely scanned too so I'd have seen something get through.

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Old July 28 2009, 05:46 AM   #6
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Just to update: I ran Avira anti-vir and Lavasoft AdAware. Avira found 7 trojans and some spyware, AdAware found a few too. All of it cleaned, system restarted, started up Firefox, went to Google typed in a search question and *bam* same error message.

So I logged into my router to see if there are unsolicited packets going in and out of my network, and it was all clear. Everything that was departing and returning was fully authorized, and I examined the packet logs myself, but nothing out of the ordinary. I don't know what is going on.

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Old July 28 2009, 06:40 AM   #7
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Do you use a static IP address or does it change?
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Old July 28 2009, 06:45 AM   #8
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It is a dynamic IP.
I dropped my current IP and reconnected with a new one. It's still doing it.
There are 3 computers on my network. None of them have spyware/adware and the packet logs are clean. It's not me.
Out of frustration, I installed the Add Search Engines extension in Firefox and added Bing, since it's close to Google in it's comprehensive search results, and made it the default search engine.

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Old July 28 2009, 06:50 AM   #9
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Is it a wireless network?

Could it be possible that someone within range had accessed your connection which is why Google thinks it's you?
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Old July 28 2009, 06:58 AM   #10
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Da'an wrote: View Post
Is it a wireless network?

Could it be possible that someone within range had accessed your connection which is why Google thinks it's you?
My wireless network is secured, and I keep a monitor on all inbound/outbound connections. If someone connected to my network, my system logs would show it. Nothing connected other than the authorized systems.


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Old July 28 2009, 08:38 AM   #11
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This sort of thing apparently happens because Google thinks you're sending out lots of searches from your IP address. Bot attacks can resemble this sort of thing too. It also happens a lot when there's heavy Internet usage, e.g. at the time of Michael Jackson's death.

In the last week or so I believe there have been a number of Google spiders roaming the Net and latching onto some sites, including the RavesceneBBS and another BBS which I administrate (it happened there first possibly because I was linking to it in my signature a lot and I was posting here a lot, hence multiple instances of that link) causing a sudden jump in the number of users online at any one time (our BBSes are very small in popularity, so this is noticeable).

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Old July 28 2009, 08:53 AM   #12
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Yeah, but there's no reason for them to be doing it to me. No other search engine has this trouble. In fact, Bing has been performing rather admirably. I might just stick with it.

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Old July 28 2009, 09:05 AM   #13
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That's because I think it's just a Google thing. It happens to me a lot, even on computers at work.
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Old July 28 2009, 09:18 AM   #14
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copper mines of Kadi?
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Old July 28 2009, 09:35 AM   #15
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That would be a search quote. "Copper Mines of Kadish/Kadesh", which ended up being Kabir. That's what I was checking. But I got that Google error on every single search query, and on every one of them Google insisted that those words were being used by worms and trojans. I called baloney on it, and got frustrated.

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