I have a problem. For the past 6 months, whenever I tried to access google through it's main site at google.com, I've always been taken to a page telling me that my comp has been infected with a virus called "QHosts" that redirects my DNS server to that specific webpage, and that I should install the Microsoft cumulative patch.
I've tried to install their patch, but I don't have IE anymore. Technically, the problem should be gone-- I've been upgrading the computer with new downloads and everything and I use Opera... and before you ask, YES I'VE RUN AN ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM. But it doesn't work. It doesn't seem like a very good prog-- someone gave it to me on a disk one time. It's Symantec Corporate Edition... I've updated its definitions and everything but... well, I think the program sucks, frankly. It won't delete viruses, only quarantines them, saying "Could not delete." I think it's working in concert with the viruses like the police in league with a narcotics ring. Every so often it'll pop up saying it found a virus, but it couldn't delete it. Fucker.
Not only Google, but Altavista is blocked. I can't search for anything on MSN or Yahoo! either. And it's been like that for six months now. The only reason I'm telling you this NOW is because I used to use google's alternative numbered URL (http://22.214.171.124/) and that would work, but recently they must have changed it, so now it only directs me to google.com, which, as I said, I cannot use.
If you have a suggestion, let me know.
NOTE: I'm not spending money on an antivirus suite, so forget that.
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