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Old 01-09-09, 01:48 PM   #1
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Weird internet domain behavior (via search)

A client of mine has a domain listed on a few search engines. When 'found' on Google/Yahoo/AOL, it redirects to that Win Anti-Spyware (but actually is spyware) site.

When you go directly to the client's site (bypassing search engines listed), it works fine.

Who does one contact about this? The search engine peoples? have read Google is impossible to contact, etc.

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ps. btw - how did this happen?
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Looks like the search engine linkies are pointing to a different address. Are the linkies from the search engine complete? like "www.myclientdomain.com". Or does it says something like "myclientdomain"? With parts missing like that?
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There is already spyware on the machine causing the machine to point elsewhere; it isn't the fault of the search engines themselves. (I had a relative go through this exact thing a few years ago; it's a really old trick in the book.)
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There is already spyware on the machine causing the machine to point elsewhere; it isn't the fault of the search engines themselves. (I had a relative go through this exact thing a few years ago; it's a really old trick in the book.)
This is correct, I missed that.

Try it from a different PC to confirm (unless that PC is infected too). Must be something like the antivirus 2009 or a similar pest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_hijacker
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might try downloading and running hijackthis
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no spyware on any of the machines (I'm also an IT guy)

it's redirecting directly from the search sites. if you hover over presented link, it shows correct.

if you're adventurous, here's what to search for - 'brandman.com'. just cancel out of the messages that pop up after you click main link. I've scanned several times afterwards and no signs of actual spyware (safe mode using 2-3 packages) on 3 machines I've tested with. YMMV

if you search for that using MSN Search (Live), it works fine. or connecting directly to http://www.brandman.com

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I've tried it using Yahoo and Google search for "michael brandman" and click on the 1st link. It goes directly to the site just fine.

The problem isn't necessarily spyware, but something has modified the registries that IE uses for redirects.
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The above suggestions are valid, but another possibility is that someone has google-bombed the text you're using to search to trick Google et al into making something else the first hit for that search. They do that by spamming dead blogs and forums around the internet with those words but another URL, and since search engines are largely popularity-based, it screws up search rankings.

A safe start is here:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/?hl=en

Read around, especially the "My site and google" section, and consider verifying the site with Google so you can access Google's statistics tools.
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