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#1 Erkdance


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

I have just recently installed XP Pro on my computer after buying a new hard drive. Long story short I preloaded a flash drive with software I would use. After installing XP I quickly installed all of the software, including FireFox. As I have seen on many posts every time I click a link on Google it re-directs be to webresult6.org.

I thought I possibly had downloaded spyware or something similar (a couple downloads were torrents). I reformatted the computer again and this time only installed FireFox. Same issue.

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#2 Erkdance

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 09:27 PM

After doing some research on the issue I have resolved the solution. My specific issue was I downloaded a copy of Windows XP SP3 (due to my original legit copy was scratched beyond use).

A slightly better description of my issue was search engine links being redirected when clicked.

The directory (that appears to contain the file for Windows XP and Windows Vista) is C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

The file name you need to edit with notepad is HOSTS. Any line that starts without a # symbol is active.

What you should see normally is: localhost

If you see a lot of other lines, especially that have to do with search engines, like google.com or google.anything, yahoo.com, etc, remove these lines but be sure to leave the line: localhost

I hope this helps and maybe this information can be pinned! It might resolve your issue but it take a couple minutes to check up on.

Edited by Erkdance, 14 May 2010 - 09:29 PM.

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