(Informational / discussion post)
I am currently experiencing issues with FF, when browsing links on Google and clicking them it redirects to avabon links.
There is very little info about this on the net, apart from several users on this site reporting the same issue.
I have disabled FF addons (FavIcon Picker 2, Java Quick Starter, MS .NET Framework Assistant 1.1, Ovi Maps Browser Plugin, PC Sync 2 Synchronisation Extension, and XMarks) and the issue has been mostly resolved, although my homepage (Google Search - hxxp://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en) does not display the search box. Google.co.uk and google.com display and follow links correctly.
I will try to investigate the issue further, but just wanted to register and post here as it seems to be the most frequent place people are posting about this issue. I am surprised not to find more info about this issue on the web.
I have ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware after seeing them mentioned on this site, and removed a couple of trojans, and also resolved issue of Windows Security Centre warnings being disabled.
Not sure where I picked these trojans up as FF is never used for browsing nefarious sites. I recently was trying to watch streaming TV and had blue screen issues after opening a site which opened many popups and tried to save files etc, resulting in a repair of Windows, this is my likely suspect.
Should probably re-enable Sophos
Other observations include:
browsing to avabon.com redirects to google.co.uk, but pinging them gives different IP addresses.
does not appear to happen in Chrome or IE
I hope this helps someone with the same issue, or the mods and technical guys from this site. Any input would also be appreciated
Edited by Orange Blossom, 17 November 2009 - 06:41 PM.
Deactivate link. ~ OB