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by kmaryp / August 28, 2008 10:49 AM PDT

I have a new desktop running Vista and IE7. When I try to access websites from my Favorites menu I briefly see my desired webpage popup, and then the page jumps to google searching for this: What in the heck is going on? I subscribe to McAfee Internet Security and scanned for viruses and nothing. I also downloaded and ran Spybot Search & Destroy and found nothing. If it isn't obvious, I know very little about computers, so please go easy on me! Thanks in advance for your help.

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A couple of things
by Jimmy Greystone / August 28, 2008 11:02 AM PDT

A couple of things to note:

1: IE, any version to date, is unsafe to use for any extended period of time. Replace it with something like Firefox or Opera, and reserve IE ONLY for those rare pages that won't work with anything else.

2: McAfee is crap. I could explain why, but the long and short of it is that it's crap due to being a huge resource hog.

3: Your problem isn't virus or spyware related, though I can see why you might think that being an IE user. It's just an advertising script gone awry. If you used Firefox, with the NoScript plugin, you could just block all scripts from and never have to worry about it again. I don't know how you'd go about doing that with IE, because I try to avoid unsafe things as a general rule.

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by kmaryp / August 28, 2008 11:49 AM PDT
In reply to: A couple of things

Thank you for your reply. If it's an advertising script error, does that mean that the problem lies with the website I'm trying to visit? I know that they run Google banner ads.

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Most likely
by Jimmy Greystone / August 28, 2008 11:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Most likely it's either the site or Google is having a few problems. However, you haven't done enough yet to completely rule out the possibility of malware. Spybot is a good first step, but you should also be running Adaware, AVG Anti-Spyware, and Windows Defender.

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I think this web site has the solution to your problem:
by hfguide / August 28, 2008 1:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

I Googled your situation and found someone on another forum with a similar problem (except his browser redirects to Google Images). A solution can be found here:

I have no idea whether this'll actually help but it wouldn't hurt to try.

BTW, I would strongly advise you to ignore what the other poster said regarding IE; he is obviously an anti-Microsoft person with an agenda. IE is safe for any extended length of time, provided you use precaution in your surfing habits. Just keep your anti-virus, firewall, and spyware/malware programs updated, be wary of suspicious emails, and don't visit sites that engage in unseemly activities or seem suspicious, such as warez, cracks, porn, hentai, gambling, illegal mp3 downloads, and too good to be true freebies, etc.

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Not really
by Jimmy Greystone / August 28, 2008 1:51 PM PDT

Not really, because I don't care that IE is made by Microsoft, that has nothing to do with it. I don't really know why you feel the need to label me an anti-Microsoft person with an agenda when all I did was point out a simple fact. If it were Mozilla Firefox that was the world record holder for most insecure program in the history of computing, then I'd be telling people to stay away from it.

I'm withholding judgment on IE8, since it's only in beta testing, but IE6 was a complete and total security disaster, you can't deny that. IE7 is an improvement, but it's still far too easy to pick up unwanted hitchhikers without meaning to. IE7 with Vista's "protected mode" is slightly better still, but things like Antivirus XP 2008 still walk right past it.

I'm not dealing in agendas here, I'm dealing in facts, and the facts are that IE is the primary target for malware attacks. If I had some anti-Microsoft agenda, I'd be pushing a specific alternative, not telling people to take their pick between options like Firefox, Flock, Seamonkey, Opera, and Safari. I prefer Firefox myself, but other people can use whatever they like best. If and when Microsoft manages to properly sandbox ActiveX to curtail the malware problem, I'll stop telling people to avoid using it. I don't see that day coming any time soon, but I I do acknowledge the possibility of IE8 finally bringing an end to a rather sorry chapter in the life of IE, however remote that possibility is.

In any case, do you not see the problem with what you're saying? You're already assuming that you're going to get malware with IE, otherwise why would you need a small fleet of programs that do nothing more than clean up the mess IE creates? Doesn't the better solution seem to be to avoid using the problematic program so you don't NEED all those programs? You can eliminate like 4-6 spyware removers from the list just by not using IE. I prefer to be proactive rather than reactive. Rather than cleaning up some giant mess, I just prefer to prevent the mess from occurring in the first place, but that's just me. Maybe you enjoy having your system trashed every now and again, or it makes you feel extra important somehow because you have 5-6 malware removers and you can impress the technically challenged by talking about it. Whatever the case, I would much rather spend time doing something enjoyable with my computer, not spending huge amounts of time on basic maintenance. So if that means "bashing" IE and being "an anti-Microsoft person with an agenda" then I guess I'm guilty as charged.

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Google images
by kmaryp / August 28, 2008 8:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Not really

I also have the same problem as the poster in the MS forums. One of my Favorites redirects to the Google web search and another redirects to Google image search. I'll try their solution of removing all Google related software. I find it interesting that I, too, am using a new Gateway computer and am having the same problem.

Thanks for the help.

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Re: redirects to google images
by Kees Bakker / August 28, 2008 8:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Google images

In that MS Technet post they don't really give a solution. They offer 6 things to try to narrow down the causes.
Your trying #1 might not be sufficient to solve it.


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by Bob__B / August 29, 2008 12:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Google images

Perhaps this does have something to do with goggle software being pre-loaded on the machine and removing such will correct the issue.

If not...I see >< being blocked by my Hosts file....just another method.

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Re: Thanks for the help.
by hfguide / August 29, 2008 2:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Google images

No problem! Happy

Let us know if any of the solutions posted at the forums worked.


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by BoxedJewell / June 23, 2010 1:09 AM PDT

This popped up in my CHAT BOX when I was sending a message. Here is the whole link:

popped up in chat

then when I pasted it in my browser, I got the below notice:

Redirect Notice
The previous page is sending you to

What is going on? It's happened before with other websites

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It's A Redirect... Tried The Suggestions In This Thread Yet?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 23, 2010 2:24 AM PDT

It could be the advertisement mechanism for the site. On the other hand, it could be malware. Primarily, try using a couple of tools to check for malware.. Download, install, update, then run a full scan with both of the tools below.. Delete anything they find:

Malwarebytes Antimalware

Hitman Pro 3.5

Hope this helps.


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It popped into my gmail chat box. I will try the suggestions but I have a feeling that I am being hacked here at work, and have the feeling someone is working behind the scenes on my computer as well. Is it also possible to wifi into my computer while I'm on it? I'm not that computer savy

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Ahhh, It's a Work Machine
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 23, 2010 6:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Redirection

If that's the case, since it's your employer's computer, they could (and should) be monitoring it's use to confirm that only work-related activities are occurring on it.. There are a number of types of monitoring software that could be used. That said, the redirect you mention probably wasn't done by someone at work.

What did the malware scanners show?

Hope this helps.


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Tried Everything I can think of
by sasshaa / November 2, 2010 8:20 AM PDT

Most post I've seen have refered to the as loading and then directing them to pages with Google ads. This is not the case with me as I think you mentioned a Redirect. The windows system login with username and password pops up. Once closed by the Red X it usually goes away and I have the website page I was trying to reach in the first place. It doesn't seem to redirect me.

I tried your suggestion of the Hitman Pro....found nothing.

I've also run all of the following

Spybot-Search and Destroy

Additionally I mentioned adding it to the HOST file. Didn't work and nothing is found in any of the scans......

Also uninstalled the Google Taskbar and Updater.

There are no abnormal BHOs....I run various programs that monitor all of these things as well.

I'm stumpped at this point....that doesn't usually happen to me....Glady take any other suggestions anyone has.

Thanks In advance!

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And What Happens When You Back Off IE Security?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 2, 2010 9:28 AM PDT

Open the Control Panel-Internet Options-Security tab.. Once there, click once on the Internet "Globe", then move the security slider to "medium-high" or medium.

If that doesn't help, then go into the "Custom Level" button and disable all Scripting, or at least removing them from "Prompt" options.

I also saw where one member fixed the problem by disabling the "IIS" (Internet Information Service) service from running or uninstalling it in Add/Remove Programs-Add/Remove Windows Components. Most folks don't have IIS enabled on their XP machines but using it such may be causing the issue.

By the way, much like another who mentioned it, my HOSTS file lists the item below to block it.. I have no problems with the issue you're having.

Hope this helps.


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Settings there are fine....
by sasshaa / November 3, 2010 7:31 AM PDT

My IE security settings are set to medium. Most scripts are disabled a couple are enabled and the only prompt setting is for active X download.

I had already mentioned adding blocks to the HOSTS file which didn't resolve it either.


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(NT) And You've Checked The IIS Installation..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 3, 2010 8:27 AM PDT
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by zzvackaajis / August 8, 2010 8:05 AM PDT shortly explains what is this

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by sasshaa / November 1, 2010 11:17 AM PDT

Hi everyone,

I have read many different sites of people complaining of issues related to this However, I've yet to find one similar to the problem I'm having. On SOME sites only I get the windows authentication window that pops up: At the top of the window bar it says:

Connect to

Then the following is underneath:

The server at device requires a username and password.

Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentication without a secure connection).

User name


I end up just hitting the RED X to close it...sometimes it pops back up then I close it again.

I have just about every adware....trojan....virus scanner you can have and have run them all.

I also added the following to the HOSTS file in an effort to block it. #[Google AdWords] #[Google AdWords]

THIS DIDN'T work either. Don't know what else to try at the moment.

I'm running WIN XP and IE 8

Any thoughts to stop this login window would be greatly appreciated!

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Did You Try This Yet?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 2, 2010 12:15 AM PDT
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Found solution...not sure if it's a good one?
by sasshaa / November 5, 2010 6:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Did You Try This Yet?

Previouslly you had asked if I checked the IIS installation. I don't have that installed on my system.

I was in the Internet Options window checking Internet intranet and restricted site settings.

Currently there are a ton of Restricted sites listed that were installed by I believe the spybot program. I additionally had added the to the list. This however still did not stop the windows authentication login pop up from happening on numerous sites. Additionally when I check to find it on the restricted list I can't seem to find it...yet it says it is there...who knows.

My custom settings on the restricted sites list is set to HIGH security by default.
At the very bottom is the setting for User Authentication - Logon...which by default I would also assume was set to PROMPT for username and password. This is the window that I was constantly getting. There is also an option to select ANONYMOUS LOGON. I tried changing it to that and when I did....I no longer get winodows authentication popup stating requesting unsername and password when trying to go to various websites. I also tried selecting Automatic logon only in intranet zone. This didn't work.

Although this has resloved that MOST annoying popup window....I'm not sure that using the anonymous logon setting in the restricted zone is a good one? Only info I could find on it was this:

Anonymous logon
Disables HTTP authentication and uses guest access for CIFS (Common Internet File System).

Any thoughts would be appreciated....Thanks!

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by FourPart / July 18, 2014 5:48 AM PDT

I find AdBlock removes the ads, but it doesn't remove the iFrames which contained them.
Although these iFrames remain invisible they have the annoying side effect of pushing any text to the side of them out of the way in just the same way as if the ad was still there.

I know that disabling ALL iFrames isn't necessarily such a good idea, as they are often used for non-intrusive purposes on innocent sites, but what I really need is something that disables any iFrame that relates to one of the known ad servers (such as

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