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I have been having a very strange problem. For the past two weeks I have not been able to access any search engines except for www.dogpile.com. It just says "This page cannot be displayed", even on MSN search and yahoo. I am using Internet Explorer version 6.0.2800. I have run AVG anti-virus and Spybot search and destroy and can find no problems with my system. Does anyone know what is happening?
 

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If you are having trouble accessing search engines like google, yahoo or altavista, you may have been hijacked. This particular and latest one uses the hosts file to redirect all traffic from these major search engines to the following IP: 64.191.95.139

Download this program and look in your HOSTS file: http://members.shaw.ca/techcd/VB_Projects/HostsFileReader.exe

Remove all the lines that contain this IP address (see example below)

64.191.95.139 www.google.com

Afterward, read this page for tips on how to prevent the same hijack from happening to you again: http://www.imilly.com/google.htm#prevention

If you still have problems with a hijacked browser or pop up ads, read this thread and follow the instructions: http://www.spywareinfo.com/rd/faq

Good luck!

(from the SpywareInfo forum)
 
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