Please help - I think my AutoSearch has been hijacked

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by medgirl, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. medgirl

    medgirl Guest

    In IE7, my default search engine is set to Google without problems. If I
    type ? and a search term in the address bar, it goes to Google. But if
    something is spelled wrong in the address bar, or I type a term without the
    question mark, I go to the following page The
    page says Search the Web and has a bar to enter text, and says powered by
    Yahoo Search, but I don't think the page has anything to do with Yahoo.
    Before the default would go to the MSN search page in a similar situation.
    Is there anyway to fix this? I have of course cleaned out temp files,
    cookies, run Spybot, etc. Thanks for any help!
    medgirl, Oct 11, 2007
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  2. medgirl

    Leonard Grey Guest

    What you are seeing is common on the web (unfortunately). Lowlifes
    register domain names that are mis-typed or mis-spelled variations of
    known domains or they buy formerly valid domains that have expited. If
    you make a typing or spelling mistake when entering a URL in the Address
    Bar or when creating a Favorite, or a Favorite has expired, you get sent
    to one of these pages instead.

    Typically these pages are a laundry list of links that are really ads.
    The lowlife gets a commission every time you click on a link.

    The lowest of the lowlifes put malware on these pages which infects your

    Only way to avoid these: Don't mis-type or mis-spell URLS, and make sure
    all your Favorites are up-to-date.
    Leonard Grey, Oct 11, 2007
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  3. medgirl

    PA Bear Guest

    Uninstall anything named Yahoo found in Add/Remove Programs > Reboot > Does
    the behavior persist?

    Yahoo Search Protection is the most likely culprit (unless you've got a
    hijackware problem) but I don't think you'll find it listed separately.
    PA Bear, Oct 11, 2007
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