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Findgala redirection of Google searches


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#1 uberschnell

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:25 PM

Hello,

Based upon a similar thread here, I have begun troubleshooting a problem with Google searches redirecting to Findgala.com in internet explorer. Firefox is not susceptible to this.

I followed the steps in posts #10 and #12 of that thread (verifying IE security settings, seeing that Firefox works fine), so now I am skipping to step #14 in hopes of quick resolution.

By running this code:

@ECHO OFF
regedit /e look1.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes"
regedit /e look2.txt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes"
Type look*.txt >log.txt
start log.txt
del look1.txt look2.txt
del %0



It gives this text as a log:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
"DefaultScope"="{C94B617B-D018-487B-B031-C21CDAC37B94}"
"DownloadRetries"=dword:00000000
"DownloadUpdates"=dword:00000001
"Version"=dword:00000003
"UpgradeTime"=hex:c0,35,c4,c7,e6,f1,cb,01
"ShowSearchSuggestionsInAddressGlobal"=dword:00000001
"KnownProvidersUpgradeTime"=hex:60,45,ca,c6,e6,f1,cb,01

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}]
"SuggestionsURLFallback"="http://api.bing.com/qsml.aspx?query={searchTerms}&maxwidth={ie:maxWidth}&rowheight={ie:rowHeight}&sectionHeight={ie:sectionHeight}&FORM=IE8SSC&market={language}"
"FaviconURLFallback"="http://www.bing.com/favicon.ico"
"DisplayName"="Bing"
"URL"="http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE8SRC"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Lucas\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.ico"
"TopResultURLFallback"="http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&src=ie9tr"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{08E6D385-2775-45E6-B77C-C549B1FEEDCA}]
"DisplayName"="Hulu"
"URL"="http://www.hulu.com/search?query={searchTerms}&ref=os"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"SuggestionsURL_JSON"="http://www.hulu.com/opensearch/suggest?format=json&query={searchTerms}&ref=os"
"SuggestionsURL"="http://www.hulu.com/opensearch/suggest?query={searchTerms}&ref=os"
"PreviewURL"="http://www.hulu.com/search/preview?query={searchTerms}"
"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
"OSDFileURL"="http://www.ieaddons.com/en/DownloadHandler.ashx?ResourceId=6633"
"FaviconURL"="http://static.huluim.com/images/hulu.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Lucas\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{08E6D385-2775-45E6-B77C-C549B1FEEDCA}.ico"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{686A42C7-EECA-4569-A5CF-C365044BBEBD}]
"DisplayName"="Amazon Search Suggestions"
"URL"="http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&tag=amznsearch.ms-20&index=aps&link%5Fcode=qs&field-keywords={searchTerms}"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"SuggestionsURL_JSON"="http://completion.amazon.com/search/complete?method=completion&q={searchTerms}&search-alias=aps&client=amzn-search-suggestions/9fe582406fb5106f343a84083d78795713c12d68&mkt=1"
"SuggestionsURL"="http://asp.assoc-amazon.com/suggestions?q={searchTerms}&t=amznsearch.ms.vs-20"
"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
"OSDFileURL"="http://www.ieaddons.com/en/DownloadHandler.ashx?ResourceId=788"
"FaviconURL"="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/Associates/Apps/Search/favicon._V230744766_.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Lucas\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{686A42C7-EECA-4569-A5CF-C365044BBEBD}.ico"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AD22EBAF-0D18-4fc7-90CC-5EA0ABBE9EB8}]
"DisplayName"="DAEMON Search"
"URL"="http://www.daemon-search.com/search/web?q={searchTerms}"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Lucas\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{AD22EBAF-0D18-4fc7-90CC-5EA0ABBE9EB8}.ico"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{C94B617B-D018-487B-B031-C21CDAC37B94}]
"DisplayName"="Google"
"URL"="http://findgala.com/?&uid=328&q={searchTerms}"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"SuggestionsURL"="http://clients5.google.com/complete/search?q={searchTerms}&client=ie8&mw={ie:maxWidth}&sh={ie:sectionHeight}&rh={ie:rowHeight}&inputencoding={inputEncoding}&outputencoding={outputEncoding}"
"OSDFileURL"="http://www.ieaddons.com/en/DownloadHandler.ashx?ResourceId=813"
"FaviconURL"="http://www.google.com/favicon.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Lucas\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{C94B617B-D018-487B-B031-C21CDAC37B94}.ico"




Thanks in advance for the help.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 05:39 PM

I am still here! Subscribing now.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 05:51 PM

Yep, you're spot on. It is Gala.

Backup Your Registry with ERUNT
  • Please use the following link and scroll down to ERUNT and download it.
    http://aumha.org/freeware/freeware.php
  • For version with the Installer:
    Use the setup program to install ERUNT on your computer
  • For the zipped version:
    Unzip all the files into a folder of your choice.
Click Erunt.exe to backup your registry to the folder of your choice.

Note: to restore your registry, go to the folder and start ERDNT.exe

Open notepad. Please copy the contents of the code box below. To do this highlight the contents of the box and right click on it. Paste this into the open notepad. Save it to your desktop (click file, save as) as fixit.reg In the same open notepad, in the line below select Any for File Type.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{C94B617B-D018-487B-B031-C21CDAC37B94}]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
"DefaultScope"="{3A0C2600-2D1C-4CC8-9E5D-EA498D1DD681}"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
"DefaultScope"="{3A0C2600-2D1C-4CC8-9E5D-EA498D1DD681}"


NOTICE: This file was written specifically for this user, for use on that particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system

Locate fixit.reg on your Desktop and double-click on it.
You will receive a prompt similar to: "Do you wish to merge the information into the registry?".
Answer "Yes" and wait for a message to appear similar to "Merged Successfully".

Please reply back letting me know if it merged correctly.


To manage search engines:

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Open the scroll down window beside the search box at the top right of the page.
  • Click "Find More Providers..."
  • Select the appropriate language if needed.
  • Find Google and click "Add to Internet Explorer".
  • You will get a pop up window, check these options, if available:
    Make This my default search provider
    Use search suggestions from this provider
  • Press Add.

How's that looking?
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Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:14 PM

m0le, that has gotten it. Thank you! :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:15 PM

You're welcome, mate :thumbup2:
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:02 PM

It appears that this issue is resolved, therefore I am closing the topic. If that is not the case and you need or wish to continue with this topic, please send me or any Moderator a Personal Message (PM) that you would like this topic re-opened.
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