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ancient_nomad Donating Member (474 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:01 PM
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Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 09:16 PM by ancient_nomad
I have no idea what is wrong, and I feel very stupid about now.

First off I have a Toshiba Satellite with a Celeron R CPU, Windows XP 2002, SP2
I use Firefox 99% of the time. Google Chrome very little.

Here is what is happening:
In Firefox, my homepage which is the Firefox Google search, does not open. Instead, I get a re-direction to a site and a certificate verification for this site: www.kitchensinks.nOt which I do not accept.
All that shows up on the homepage is a O (could be an 0 or zero) in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
When I try to open G-Mail the same thing happens. It also does this if I try to use the Google Search from the drop-down menu.
This is also happening in Google Chrome, when I try to use Google search or try to access G Mail.

I have run AVG - No infections.
I ran Advanced Windows Care and CCleaner.

After I did this, and got back online (I have dial-up) the Firefox browser opened with the correct home page. However, when I tried to access G-mail, it started all over again.

Edit to add: I was reading the Security Help at the top of the Page. I tried to go to, and the page opened with a O or zero. Arrrgh!

I know very little about computers, and I am lost in XP. I do not have adaware installed because I don't know how to use the new edition.

So, what do I do? I appreciate any help you can give me. TIA.
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  -Please Help Me.... ancient_nomad  Oct-18-08 09:01 PM   #0 
  - Seems like a hijack ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-18-08 09:54 PM   #1 
  - No, I don't have this.  ancient_nomad   Oct-18-08 10:35 PM   #2 
     - Try the installer ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-18-08 10:49 PM   #3 
        - OK...will give it a try. n/t  ancient_nomad   Oct-18-08 10:55 PM   #4 
        - I downloaded it and saved the scan.  ancient_nomad   Oct-18-08 11:02 PM   #5 
           - Yes, go ahead ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-18-08 11:05 PM   #6 
              - Here goes...  ancient_nomad   Oct-18-08 11:11 PM   #7 
                 - You us AOL to connect?  RoyGBiv   Oct-19-08 10:49 PM   #9 
                    - I think you are spot on with the AOL issue.  ancient_nomad   Oct-20-08 09:40 AM   #10 
                       - Glad it's working ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-20-08 10:06 AM   #12 
                       - I never install TeaTimer or the IE Helper...  BushDespiser12   Oct-20-08 06:29 PM   #14 
                       - BTW ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-21-08 09:44 AM   #17 
                          - Yes. I'd like to know how to disable it.  ancient_nomad   Oct-21-08 10:15 AM   #20 
                             - Disabling a service ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-22-08 08:02 PM   #27 
                                - Thank you for this.  ancient_nomad   Oct-22-08 09:15 PM   #29 
  - Here are some steps that may help  BushDespiser12   Oct-19-08 10:22 PM   #8 
  - I can't thank you enough.....  ancient_nomad   Oct-20-08 10:03 AM   #11 
     - Spybot S&D is less effective than Ad-Aware...  BushDespiser12   Oct-20-08 04:16 PM   #13 
  - Can anyone explain what this thread concluded???  HamdenRice   Oct-21-08 06:11 AM   #15 
     - I think ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-21-08 09:31 AM   #16 
     - When the O was showing up,  ancient_nomad   Oct-21-08 10:20 AM   #21 
        - I'll do some searching ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-21-08 10:27 AM   #23 
     - I still have this darn thing, too!  ancient_nomad   Oct-21-08 10:07 AM   #18 
        - I also think it is aol  HamdenRice   Oct-21-08 10:14 AM   #19 
           - Do you have ......  ancient_nomad   Oct-21-08 10:22 AM   #22 
              - No. I just noticed something fishy. I can use google within AOL  HamdenRice   Oct-22-08 08:00 AM   #24 
                 - That is very wierd.  ancient_nomad   Oct-22-08 10:05 AM   #25 
                    - I'm stumped ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-22-08 07:54 PM   #26 
                       - Here is what I do.....  ancient_nomad   Oct-22-08 09:13 PM   #28 
                          - Small experiment ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-22-08 10:22 PM   #30 
                             - OK...  ancient_nomad   Oct-22-08 10:55 PM   #31 
                                - Well now ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-22-08 11:30 PM   #32 
                                   - I did see this  CabalPowered   Oct-23-08 08:47 AM   #33 
                                   - That is the question ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-23-08 08:56 AM   #34 
                                   - I think you're correct and the host file would fix it  CabalPowered   Oct-23-08 10:35 AM   #35 
                                      - Wouldn't surprise me ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-23-08 10:55 AM   #37 
                                         - It just goes to show how unsecure dns really is  CabalPowered   Oct-23-08 11:05 AM   #39 
                                         - Just received this message....  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 11:11 AM   #42 
                                            - Interesting ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-23-08 11:15 AM   #43 
                                   - Thank you!  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 11:03 AM   #38 
                                      - No problem  CabalPowered   Oct-23-08 11:10 AM   #41 
                                         - Yes...Yes...YES!!!  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 11:21 AM   #44 
                                   - I don't know how to do this in XP.....  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 10:49 AM   #36 
                                      - It's not hard ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-23-08 11:06 AM   #40 
                                         - Will try this in about an hour....  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 11:23 AM   #45 
                                         - I am this far....  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 01:04 PM   #46 
                                            - It's just a text file ...  RoyGBiv   Oct-23-08 01:27 PM   #47 
                                               - I'll wait till your next post....  ancient_nomad   Oct-23-08 02:34 PM   #48 

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