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#1 Graeme3257

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:43 PM

My preferred browser is Firefox and I have been using FF 4.0 beta 7 for a number of weeks.

Instead of going to google to search for a site, FF was set up to search directly from the address bar, so I could type BBC and it would take me straight to google with results shown for BBC.

For some reason, if I do it now something strange happens.

I get a screen with what appear to be search results, but they are in german. The title in the tab is "suchen sie" and the results bear no resemblance to BBC. If it helps I can post a screenshot but will wait until told to do so, if necessary.

Also, if I visit any sites with google ads on the page somewhere, they are always in German.

I have looked around to see if this PC is set up as though I am in Germany (which I'm not) and have been lead to believe that this may be a DNS error.

Any thoughts or suggestions???


P.S. I have recently had a problem where my browser was hijacked and I was getting google redirects. I have pretty much finished the cleanup but this issue (with the German page) is still happening. I would have posted this as part of my other thread but believe it is a separate issue, due to it happening a long time before the redirects.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 05:02 PM

Download FoxScan from HERE

Double click on FoxScan.exe to start the scan.
DOS-like window will pop-up.
Press 2 for English. Press Enter.
Be patient. It'll take few minutes.
When the tool is done, it'll display:

Search completed.
Press any key to coninue...


Press any key.
Notepad window titled Rapport-FS.txt will open.
Save the file to known location, and attach it to your next reply.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:28 PM

Thanks for the reply.

Ran the scan and tried to attach the log but couldn't for some reason, so here it is.

FoxScan Version 1.1.1
By Loup blanc - Zebulon.fr
Scan started 22/12/2010 at 20:07

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 [Version 5.1.2600]

Mozilla Firefox version : 4.0b7 (en-US)
Installation folder : C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6


=================================================================================
---------- User account : boo
=================================================================================


Profile name : default
Profile folder : C:\Documents and Settings\boo\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\Profiles\32togm37.default\


//////////// Setting \\\\\\\\\\\\\
======= Profile name : default =======

Firefox update : Activated
Add-on update : Activated
Search engines update : Activated
Java : Activated
Javascript : Activated
Proxy : No Proxy




//////////// Add-on \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Installation notification for Add-on is enabled

Nom : Default
Dossier : C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\
Etat : actif

Nom : McAfee SiteAdvisor
Dossier : C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\
Etat : actif

Nom : Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
Dossier : c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\
Etat : Inactif





//////////// Search plugins \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Search in "prefs.js" :

browser.search.defaultenginename :
browser.search.defaulturl :
browser.search.selectedEngine :
keyword.URL :
keyword.enable :


--------- Search engines found ------------
+ Search form configured for the engine





=================================================================================
---------- User account : Mo
=================================================================================


Profile name : default
Profile folder : C:\Documents and Settings\Mo\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\Profiles\1zwwfa0f.default\


//////////// Setting \\\\\\\\\\\\\
======= Profile name : default =======

Firefox update : Activated
Add-on update : Activated
Search engines update : Activated
Java : Activated
Javascript : Activated
Proxy : No Proxy




//////////// Add-on \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Installation notification for Add-on is enabled

Nom : Default
Dossier : C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\
Etat : actif

Nom : McAfee SiteAdvisor
Dossier : C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\
Etat : actif

Nom : Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
Dossier : c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\
Etat : Inactif





//////////// Search plugins \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Search in "prefs.js" :

browser.search.defaultenginename :
browser.search.defaulturl :
browser.search.selectedEngine :
keyword.URL :
keyword.enable :


--------- Search engines found ------------
+ Search form configured for the engine





=================================================================================
---------- User account : poppy star
=================================================================================


Profile name : default
Profile folder : C:\Documents and Settings\poppy star\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\Profiles\96jcwzbe.default\


//////////// Setting \\\\\\\\\\\\\
======= Profile name : default =======

Firefox update : Activated
Add-on update : Activated
Search engines update : Activated
Java : Activated
Javascript : Activated
Proxy : No Proxy




//////////// Add-on \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Installation notification for Add-on is enabled

Nom : Default
Dossier : C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\
Etat : actif

Nom : McAfee SiteAdvisor
Dossier : C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\
Etat : actif

Nom : Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
Dossier : c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\
Etat : Inactif





//////////// Search plugins \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Search in "prefs.js" :

browser.search.defaultenginename :
browser.search.defaulturl :
browser.search.selectedEngine :
keyword.URL :
keyword.enable :


--------- Search engines found ------------
+ Search form configured for the engine





=================================================================================
---------- User account : Yvette Preston [Current session]
=================================================================================


Profile name : default
Profile folder : C:\Documents and Settings\Yvette Preston\Application Data\mozilla\firefox\Profiles\2ub6xudt.default\


//////////// Setting \\\\\\\\\\\\\
======= Profile name : default =======

Firefox update : Activated
Add-on update : Activated
Search engines update : Activated
Java : Activated
Javascript : Activated
Proxy : No Proxy




//////////// Add-on \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Installation notification for Add-on is enabled




//////////// Search plugins \\\\\\\\\\\\\

======= Profile name : default =======

Search in "prefs.js" :

browser.search.defaultenginename :
browser.search.defaulturl :
browser.search.selectedEngine :
keyword.URL : "http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2786678&q="
keyword.enable :


--------- Search engines found ------------
+ Search form configured for the engine





=================================================================================
---------- Common section
=================================================================================

//////////// DLL found in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\components \\\\\\\\\\\\\

browsercomps.dll
Scriptff.dll


------------------------------------------------------

//////////// Search plugins \\\\\\\\\\\\\

--------- Search engines found ------------
+ Search form configured for the engine


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\amazondotcom.xml
Template : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search/


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\bing.xml
Template : http://www.bing.com/search


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\eBay.xml
Template : http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-47294-18009-3/4


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\google.xml
Template : http://www.google.com/search


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\wikipedia.xml
Template : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search


C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 6\searchplugins\yahoo.xml
Template : http://search.yahoo.com/search



------------------------------------------------------

//////////// Plugins set in registry \\\\\\\\\\\\\


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@adobe.com/FlashPlayer]
"Description"="Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 Plugin"
"Vendor"="Adobe Systems Incorporated"
"Path"="C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@adobe.com/ShockwavePlayer]
"Description"="Adobe Shockwave Player"
"Vendor"="Adobe Systems Inc."
"Path"="C:\WINDOWS\system32\Adobe\Director\np32dsw.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@Apple.com/iTunes,version=]
"Description"="iTunes Detector Plug-in"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@Apple.com/iTunes,version=1.0]
"Vendor"="Apple Inc."
"Path"="C:\Program Files\iTunes\Mozilla Plugins\npitunes.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@Google.com/GoogleEarthPlugin]
"Description"="Google Earth in your browser"
"Vendor"="Google Inc."
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth\plugin\npgeplugin.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@java.com/JavaPlugin]
"Description"="Oracle® Next Generation Java™ Plug-In"
"Vendor"="Oracle Corp."
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\new_plugin\npjp2.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@Microsoft.com/NpCtrl,version=1.0]
"Description"="Ag Player Plugin"
"Vendor"="Microsoft"
"Path"="c:\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight\4.0.50917.0\npctrl.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@microsoft.com/OfficeLive,version=1.3]
"Description"="Office Live Update v1.3"
"Vendor"="Microsoft"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Office Live\npOLW.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@microsoft.com/WLPG,version=14.0.8081.0709]
"Description"="WLPG Install MIME type"
"Vendor"="Microsoft"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\NPWLPG.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@microsoft.com/WPF,version=3.5]
"Description"="Windows Presentation Foundation plug-in for Mozilla browsers"
"Vendor"="Microsoft Corp."
"Path"="c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\NPWPF.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/nppl3260;version=6.0.11.1864]
"Description"="RealPlayer™ LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In"
"Vendor"="RealNetworks"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\Netscape6\nppl3260.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/nprjplug;version=1.0.2.1924]
"Description"="RealJukebox Netscape Plugin"
"Vendor"="RealNetworks"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\Netscape6\nprjplug.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/nprpjplug;version=6.0.12.857]
"Description"="6.0.12.857"
"Vendor"="RealNetworks"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\Netscape6\nprpjplug.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/nsJSRealPlayerPlugin;version=]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/RhapsodyPlayerEngine,version=1.0]
"Description"="Rhapsody Control"
"Vendor"="RealNetworks"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Real\RhapsodyPlayerEngine\nprhapengine.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@tools.google.com/Google Update;version=8]
"Description"="Google Update"
"Vendor"="Google"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Google\Update\1.2.183.39\npGoogleOneClick8.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@viewpoint.com/VMP]
"Description"="Viewpoint Media Player for Mozilla"
"Vendor"="Viewpoint Corporation"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Experience Technology\npViewpoint.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\@yverinfo.yahoo.com/YahooVersionInfoPlugin;version=1.0.0.1]
"Description"="Yahoo VerInfo for Mozilla"
"Vendor"="Yahoo"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Shared\npYVerInfo.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mozillaplugins\yaxmpb@yahoo.com/YahooActiveXPluginBridge;version=1.0.0.1]
"Description"="Yahoo! activeX Plug-in Bridge"
"Vendor"="Yahoo"
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\npyaxmpb.dll"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\mozillaplugins\@real.com/RhapsodyPlayerEngine]
"Description"="Browser plugin for Rhapsody on the Web"
"Vendor"="RealNetworks"
"Path"="C:\Documents and Settings\Yvette Preston\Application Data\nprhapengine.dll"


------------------------------------------------------

//////////// Additional search... \\\\\\\\\\\\\

==== Additional extension ====


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions]
"{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}"="c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\"

"{B7082FAA-CB62-4872-9106-E42DD88EDE45}"="C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor"

"jqs@sun.com"="C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ff"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox 4.0b7\extensions]


=========================== End of report ===========================

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:38 PM

OK, we have several profiles here, so you have to make changes to every profile, where the feature doesn't work.
See here: http://www.techzilo.com/search-google-address-bar-firefox-google-chrome/

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 03:57 AM

Thanks Broni - I have a partner and three children who use the machine - hence the multiple profiles.

At work right now but will get on to this tonight and will report back, hopefully with good news!!

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 11:32 AM

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:06 PM

All is now sorted, thanks Broni.

If I remember correctly, I did almost exactly the same thing to get it to work in the first place. I have been a bit distracted with "life" to dedicate too much time getting to the bottom of the problem.

I'm not sure what has caused this to change but if I have been the victim of a hijack, I'm sure that something must have creeped in and changed it as well.

Thanks again for the help - I could have spent a whole lot of time trying to figure it out by trial and error.

Have a great Xmas/holiday/New Year, or whatever you may be celebrating at this time of year........

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