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Tonight's problem - can't click links on YouTube in Chrome


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#1 MsPickles

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:12 AM

Hello everyone. I am Ms. Pickles -- a name I chose because, well, I'm in a pickle right now, and I could really use your help! (My font size is set to 18 because my eyesight isn't the greatest.)

 

Between this morning when I left for work, and this evening when I got home and fired up my laptop again, something weird has happened when I try to use the Search feature in YouTube.

 

I normally type my search request and then hit Enter on my keyboard. Tonight, nothing happened when I pressed Enter.  So I used the mouse to click the Search button/Magnifying glass, and again, nothing happened.

 

I was redirected to a CAPTCHA because apparently Google picked up some "suspicious activity" coming from my network, and they had to make sure I wasn't a bot (probably because I was trying to click this, that, and the other things to figure out what I *could* click!).

 

I am able to click the menu bar on the far left top corner, able to access Settings from that menu, and I can use right-click > Open Link in New Tab -- which is a bit of a pain in the butt, and I'd rather figure out what's going on instead of "making do" with doing that from now until who-knows-when.

 

Any and all help's appreciated!



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:10 PM

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer. This could be caused by malware, so I'll move your topic to an appropriate forum where members can check it.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:24 PM

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer. This could be caused by malware, so I'll move your topic to an appropriate forum where members can check it.

 

Oh, thank you very much, Al! :)



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:51 PM

PS for everyone reading -- I'm running Windows 7 Professional  -- AND this problem is occurring on Google Chrome.

 

 

When I tried to search things with YouTube using Firefox, it works fine.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:12 AM

Is it possible that you left your VPN on? Sometimes google farts on VPN 



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:17 AM

Is it possible that you left your VPN on? Sometimes google farts on VPN 

 

I don't run a VPN, so that's not it...  (And also, Google/YouTube work just fine while running Firefox.)



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:41 AM

For the sake of shoots-and-ladders, I tried using YouTube on Chrome again... and it worked. (This is very weird to me, as I don't see how it would suddenly not-work one day, only to work again the next day.)

 

Just to be safe, I'm still up for any tips or things of that nature if anyone wishes to aid me in figuring out if I've got some sort of malware/virus/etc. going on.  Thanks to everyone who's read so far.






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