Browsers refresh wrong websites.

August 30, 2010 at 07:59:11
Specs: Windows XP
When I type in a url or click on a link, my browser will bring me to the page and then almost immediately afterwards refresh the page and bring me to another random website. This problem has varied a bit. Sometimes right before the refresh, instead of giving me a glimpse of the website I'm trying to get to, it'll just be a white page with a button in the top left corner that says "continue..." and THEN it will refresh to the random page. Alternatively, the browser will load a random website in a new tab and if I'm lucky the website I'm trying to go to will remain in the first tab. This has happened with multiple, unrelated websites; tried in Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Happens on my desktop and my wifes laptop (wireless) but not my downstairs neighbors' computers who we share a connection with. (They're our landlords.) My desktop is WinXP and the laptop is Win7.

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#1
August 30, 2010 at 08:02:11
all the signs of a browser hijack. Review your security and spyware software.

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#2
August 30, 2010 at 08:17:47
While I'm waiting for Ad-aware, AVG and Spy bot to do their thing...

It might help to add that originally I noticed this problem specifically with my own websites and I had contacted my domain host thinking it was a problem with them - because I couldn't access their website either. Their support said that it wasn't them and that it was likely a problem with my ISP. Assuming it isn't a hijack - is their anything I can do with my internet locally. Our service provider is extremely sluggish and I'd rather not wait on their support.


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#3
August 30, 2010 at 10:16:42
there are two ways to access a web site;
by ip
by url

do you have the problem accessing a web site using both or is it only one way is a problem?


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#4
August 30, 2010 at 11:14:27
Ad-aware and spybot have found nothing. I honestly don't know the difference between accessing a website via ip or url. Unless you mean typing in specifically a url vs. an ip address - in which case urls haven't worked and I don't know the IP addresses of the sites that consistently don't work.

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