You may have heard about the problems over the holidays with Google links redirecting to various sites unrelated to the link topic. At first I didn't think much of it, as I hadn't had any issues until recently. Well, turns out it's more of a problem than I thought.
I was up late last night doing long scans and adding a couple security tools to my arsenal, as well as a new firewall and found many bugs after lots of Google search links redirected me to sites like Yellow Book and various sites that act as 3rd party search engines.
After quarantining several bugs then deleting them successfully, in testing Google more today I still get redirected now and then. I am now using Online Armor Free as a firewall vs PC Tools, which has more security features, as well as Adblock Plus. I also use OA to put my browser, (Firefox 3.6) in Run Safer mode.
Which brings me to my next question. Any of you know if the redirecting is associated with Firefox as some have implied? I tried IE8 and had the same problem, so I'll assume not, even though this having happened right before/after the change to FF 3.6 left me a bit suspicious.. On the Google forums many have reported that it's a common problem with various search engines since the holidays, which would explain why I'm usually redirected to 3rd party search engine sites.
Anyways, just thought I'd ask here, as I really don't know if there are any safe search engines to use lately. I've heard Yahoo also had such problems.
Yeah, Google has been acting odd off and on...but since I don't surf the web much other than to come here or the SFCIII page and my e-mail I haven't been able to determine if the Google glitch is related to FireFox or not...maybe it's a Microsoft ploy to get people to use their annoying 'Bing'.
Well I had forgotten that Firefox has an option to warn of redirect/reload attempts. I had already previously enabled that setting though, and when I looked earlier today it was no longer enabled. So, at this point I'm not sure if the redirect bug hijacks that (among other) browser settings, or if my update to FF 3.6 yesterday rendered me back at default settings.
I don't recall if I reset to default settings in the last few months to redo any possible settings hijacks, but I don't think I did, as I was having no problems until the last couple days. I DID however update to FF 3.6 yesterday, but I seem to recall the problem started a bit before then. Firefox DOES however do more than just warn of redirects. It also stops web sites from automatically redirecting and does so pretty quickly without much interruption in going to the desired site.
I really think FF should be set to warn of redirects by default, or at the very least retain that setting when updating to a new browser version. For the benefit of those whom may not be aware how to set FF to warn of redirects, go to Tools\Options\Advanced\General, and click the "Warn me when websites try to redirect or reload the page" box.
I haven't heard anything before now. Nor have I had any difficulty. I've been using bing and Google about equally lately, largely due to the fact that Bing sucks, and I have to search again on Google to get the answer.
I wonder if this issue is some kind of retaliation against Google for pulling out of China, or for it's civil rights stance.
Well, don't really know about the reason if any for it, be it political or otherwise, but it does appear to be a powerful bug. Since re-enabling the warn of redirects option I have at least once been redirected even with it turned on. I have since switched to SearchGeek as a search engine. I've yet to have the problem, but I do have warn of redirects turned on.
I don't really think much of Google at this point. Bad enough Gmail is spam ridden, they can't even manage to get their search engine cleaned up after months of user problems since the holidays. The net's going to be easy pickins for hackers with Google search engine, Chrome, and Android being so popular.
I haven't had a single problem with Google, this is actually the first i've heard about it. Haven't had any problem with Gmail getting spammed up either, i'd say its actually gotten the least spam of the couple emails from different providers i have.
I don't use Firefox though. I've been using Iron and its been working fine for me.
Funny you should mention that, because some said they thought it might be linked to using Google WITH Firefox. When I had the problem with IE8 too though, I thought it was mostly Google. Couldn't find many reviews on Iron, but I'm on this crap alternate search engine currently. I did find some info though. I was wary a bit when I read it's based on Chrome, but supposedly without the privacy concerns. Worth a try I guess, it's certainly a small footprint. The DL file was only 12MB. How compatible is it with various forum software though, including full post editing features and such? That's part of what turned me off to Opera.
BTW, when I referred to Gmail SPAM, I meant in the SPAM folder. A Lot collects there, and most I think acknowledge that about it.
I did find some info though. I was wary a bit when I read it's based on Chrome, but supposedly without the privacy concerns. Worth a try I guess, it's certainly a small footprint. The DL file was only 12MB. How compatible is it with various forum software though, including full post editing features and such? That's part of what turned me off to Opera.
Its based on the open source Chromium, but without any of Googles extra's added to it. It even looks exactly the same as Chrome, and themes and extensions built for Chrome work natively with it. No worry's about google invading your privacy though. It does pretty well on most forums, though these forums can be a exception at times, other forums i go to regularly work just fine.
Well I've been trying it for the last hr on and off in between helping a friend pick out a new PC case and I must say, so far it's really good. No redirects using Google so far, compatible with all the forum software I've tried (though I've not dabbled with advanced editing features yet), and lightning fast. I'm often lazy about not going to the browse history and accessing the page prior to reading several pages of a review, just clicking the back button repeatedly, and Iron even does that very fast.
Only one minor nit pick so far. The "Find in page" box doesn't stay open on new pages, but Firefox is the only browser I've tried that has such a feature. It's really handy for searching multiple pages of a review or article for one particular feature, fact, ect, without having to reopen the find box and retype the search criteria for each page. I really don't get why most browsers don't have such a feature.
From the reports I've read, this is some form of malware (virus?) that affects several popular web browsers.
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