I'm running Windows XP on a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 700m, and use Firefox 3.6.3 as my primary browser.
I've been having trouble for the past week or so. Generally I can open Firefox and it will go to my homepage (Google) as it should, although occasionally it will open another page entirely. I can manually enter a web address, and Firefox will take me to it. However, if I use a search engine (tested on Google and Yahoo) clicking on any of the results directs my browser to a variety of different sites. Occasionally these sites will be accompanied by dialogue boxes as well.
I'm not sure if these are related, but I am entirely unable to access Gmail. Whether I attempt to go there through typing the address into my nav bar, or through the link on google's homepage, it goes to:
hxxps://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3Dhtml%26zy%3Dl&bsv=1eic6yu9oa4y3&scc=1<mpl=default<mplcache=2 instead. Also, while trying to test whether it was a google-specific or more general problem, I ran into this error while attempting to access Bing.com:
Cache Access Denied
While trying to retrieve the URL: hxxp://www.bing.com/
The following error was encountered:
* Cache Access Denied.
Sorry, you are not currently allowed to request:
from this cache until you have authenticated yourself.
You need to use Netscape version 2.0 or greater, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, or an HTTP/1.1 compliant browser for this to work. Please contact the cache administrator if you have difficulties authenticating yourself or change your default password.
Generated Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:01:25 GMT by server.domain.com (squid/2.6.STABLE21).
I've ran SpyBot Search&Destroy, Malwarebytes, and Backlight attempting to track down the cause of this, with no luck. I did track down a few bits of spyware and adware, but nothing too exotic; all of these have been removed. Unfortunately, I did not document what I had been infected with.
Thanks in advance for any help,
EDIT: Moved from XP to Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis
Edited by Orange Blossom, 14 June 2010 - 05:42 PM.
Deactivate links. ~ OB