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    This is Strange!
    I have no idea why or how this is doing this but someone needs to give me some insight into this as this keeps happening. Basically, sometimes when I try to go to the Google homepage I get this >



    Instead of Google. What is this?

    It seems to be written in Chinese but why am I getting a Chinese page when going to Google?

    The website comes up as this: www. net. com

    I am not sure if any searches under this are safe though.

    As whenever I search that in Yahoo, it tells me that it's Dangerous.

    Please someone write back to me as soon as possible. This may not be in the right area but I needed to understand why this is happening.

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    I'm sorry, but you really haven't given us anywhere NEAR enough information for us to help.

    Let's start with the basics: are you on a PC or a Mac? What OS are you using, what browser are you using, are you sure you're typing in the correct spelling (Google), have you tried a different browser, do you use a router, if so what brand and how is it set up, what network are you on, who's your provider, what's the DNS numbers you are using, etc etc etc.

    The reason it is happening is because you are being hijacked/redirected. Once you give us some useful info, we may be able to tell you why you are being redirected.

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    Yeah, sorry, was late when I posted this, just wanted to get it posted.

    Anyway, here is some info. Im using MAC OS X Leopard, Firefox is my browser. I have tried other browsers and yes, the same thing, even in Safari. Im using a Bridge connection between two routers, one router is supported by TalkTalk, im unsure of its make and im using a Airport Extreme Base Station, TalkTalk is my provider, wireless network also.

    I appreciate the help, this is just strange, hopefully you can help me understand why it could be happening, thanks.

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    Yeah, that's a hijack alright!
    When did it start happening?
    I'm not accusing you of anything, but have you installed any software from "questionable" sources like Bittorrent? DId you go to any strange websites? Click on a strange popup?

    What browser? Safari, Firefox, Camino?

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    Well that's what I didn't want to hear, a Hijack. Started happening only recently, since I switched to my new internet provider TalkTalk.

    I have used Bittorent yes, in the past. You thinking it's probably something included in one of those torrents?..

    Would doing a fresh install on this computer solve that issue?

    Browsers: Firefox, Safari, Opera: Are the ones Ive used.

    How can I stop this from happening?

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    Fresh install may help. Depends on where the hijack is happening. From a terminal there a a few things to look at
    nslookup Google
    Should come back with a bunch of addresses - North America it would be something like 72.14.204.something - at least that is what mine reports.

    The other command which might point somewhere is where your DNS is pointing.
    more /etc/resolv.conf
    You should see a nameserver with an IP Address - this is usually set by your ISP - and it should match the server in the nslookup command.

    Thirdly you could look in your hosts file
    more /etc/hosts
    See if someone wrote something in there that changes google to a different IP Address.

    Does it happen to any other computer on your network? If it does someone may have hacked your router and changed the DNS. If it is only on one computer then the likelihood is that you got some malware.

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    Maybe the Chinese government is attacking Google again? Excellent advice from the man above.

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    I will look into that a little later and see what comes up but should I worry about this?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    Maybe the Chinese government is attacking Google again? Excellent advice from the man above.

    Funny enough I was looking into this late last night and it did bring up some searches about the Chinese government supposedly hacking Google and so on.

    Could that be it?...

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    Yea, I know. It's old news though, like 4 weeks.

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    Are you from china? If so, Google has now, just this week been banned in China. Google were showing things the China gov didn't like and Google wouldn't remove it. So Google is now banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac ReDDs View Post
    Are you from china? If so, Google has now, just this week been banned in China. Google were showing things the China gov didn't like and Google wouldn't remove it. So Google is now banned.
    No, no. Im from the UK, not China. Maybe that has something to do with it though, China being blocked from using Google? China may not like that idea and could be the reason im seeing that?

    Probably not, just wondering though before I start trying this and that.

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    China isn't blocked from using google. The Chinese population is, but the government banned it. The origin of the cyber attacks on google was a guy who works in a university lab that who was fairly easy to connect to the Chinese government. It'd be those dudes who would want to hack google, not the people who want to use google and can't. The population has tunnels for that sort of thing. My friend Pat is in China, so he tells me a lot about the regular population in China that the media never could. But yea, tunnels are a common occurrence. They occasionally get shut down, but new ones pop up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -NeedSomeHelp- View Post
    Funny enough I was looking into this late last night and it did bring up some searches about the Chinese government supposedly hacking Google and so on.

    Could that be it?...
    No, because those of us in other parts of the world would see the same thing. Google is working fine for me.
    So you get that message in every browser?

    Let's see your hosts file. Open up a terminal.app and type the following
    cat /etc/hosts
    I'm attaching a screenshot of what you should see - your terminal color will probably be white with black text though.
    Copy and paste the text in your hosts file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    China isn't blocked from using google. The Chinese population is, but the government banned it. The origin of the cyber attacks on google was a guy who works in a university lab that who was fairly easy to connect to the Chinese government. It'd be those dudes who would want to hack google, not the people who want to use google and can't. The population has tunnels for that sort of thing. My friend Pat is in China, so he tells me a lot about the regular population in China that the media never could. But yea, tunnels are a common occurrence. They occasionally get shut down, but new ones pop up.
    Public proxies using SSL - China's only real link to the outside world.
    I ran one for a few days just to see what would happen. I got alot of Iranian ip addresses as well as Chinese.

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