Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:46 AM
I am a little confused and hope you can help. I've read about some antivirus 2009 virus that hijacks google in some way. I do not seem to be having any extreme or noticeable symptoms as described by reports about this virus, but have just one quite minor symptom so am not sure if I am infected.
When I search using google - and a few times on yahoo I've just noticed - I occasionally get shown websites that clearly do not match the search results, often with supposed antivirus websites instead of news.bbc.co.uk which it should say, for example. That is to say, the search result will say BBC-homepage, but underneath the url quoted will be incorrect and would direct me to some other site.
This seems to be my only symptom and when I go to the google homepage there is no big 'google tips' notification or 'you are infected' pop ups and I have not noticed any other things different with my pc apart from this occasional search engine issue. Reading a few reports about this antivirus thing, including your own which most others seem to reference, I'm not entirely sure whether the problem must be with my computer or with google itself.
I have the latest mcaffee software which has not detected any problems in a full scan I just did. My webroot spy sweeper program has also not detected anything. Should I be concerned?
Thanks for any help you could offer.