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I work on Mac G5 with OS 10.3.9 and I use firefox as my web-browser. Recently when I try to go on certain sites or click links on some sites, I keep being redirected to http://www.com.org. So I want to know if anyone has had this problem and what you did to solve it.

Is it a virus/spyware on the mac or is it the web-browser? Please help
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Do you have any ad-blocking add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, etc, installed on your system? My guess is its that or perhaps your hosts file. Hmmmm... could even be the router (if you are using one).


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All the plug-ins and extensions that installed on my system belong to Firefox and this stuff only started happening recently. If it is in the hosts file how do I go about repairing it. As for the router, because of the nature of my work, I'm behind a firewall but that has never been a major problem
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Well, the easiest place to put a DNS redirect in would be your HOSTS file (as noted above). So, give that a check. Browse out to /private/etc/ and look for a file called "HOSTS". Open it with TextEdit. If it hasn't been altered, it should look like this:

Code:
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# Host Database
#
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.
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127.0.0.1	localhost
255.255.255.255	broadcasthost
::1             localhost 
fe80::1%lo0	localhost

If there are additional entries in there below the last line, please cut and paste the content of the file back to this thread so we can take a look.

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Ok I'm learning mac as i go, so could you give me directions to open the hosts file in textedit?
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Well, normally you would just browse out to the directory with Finder and double-click on the file, but since the directory is hidden, I don't know of any easy way to get to it using the Finder. Instead, I would just use the terminal and open it with pico (my preferred text editor).

Open Terminal (Applications => Utilities) and type the following:

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pico /private/etc/hosts
...then hit Return and you should see the content of your HOSTS file. Copy and paste the text into a reply in this thread so we can inspect if for you.

Press Control-X to exit pico and then close the Terminal window.

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thank you and here is the info:

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# Host Database
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# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
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127.0.0.1 localhost
255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
::1 localhost
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Looks clean to me, so that's probably not where the problem stems from.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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could this be any of the plugins? i have the same problem, mine redirects me when using firefox and safari, its like this..

ill go search something in google



then this will happen everytime

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Having a similar problem, no matter what browser i use (safari,firefox,opera all latest versions) if i try to go to digg.com I get redirected to the dreaded
xpsecuritycenter. Tried downloading avast but found nothing. Found Hosts files looks like this.
GNU nano 2.0.1 File: /private/etc/hosts

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# Host Database
#
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
##
127.0.0.1 localhost
255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
::1 localhost
fe80::1%lo0 localhost









[ Read 10 lines ]
^G Get Help ^O WriteOut ^R Read File ^Y Prev Page ^K Cut Text ^C Cur Pos
^X Exit ^J Justify ^W Where Is ^V Next Page ^U UnCut Text^T To Spell


Any ideas??
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Remove it from /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/plugins.settings- see http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/troj...schanger.shtml. I would also adjust the crontab as root.

Or, better yet, run this:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/33696

Avoid the websites that prompted you to download the false codec (which is what caused this).
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