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SubjectRe: I can't access Google anymore. Reply to this message
Posted bywildcat
Posted on09/03/04 00:50 AM

> 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.


and a removal tool

> 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.

Some viruses fuck around with the antivirus software (Trojan.Qhosts doesn't, but some do). Usually they block the proper installation of the AV software, but I wouldn't be surprised if some patch or replace the AV program, preventing it from deleting viruses. NAV has a way to scan and destroy before you even install it (boot with the NAV CD), and since the .exe is on the (non-writable) CD, viruses can't fuck with it beforehand. The only downside is that you'll be stuck with the supplied definitions (no updates), so a fairly recent virus might not be detected. Try it out (after the removal tool).

> 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
> ( 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.
> Fett seal of approval™

And everything fuuma30 said.

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Subject  Posted byPosted On
*I can't access Google anymore.  TheFett09/02/04 07:33 PM
.*Google works now!  TheFett09/03/04 06:19 PM
.*Re: I can't access Google anymore.  smf09/03/04 11:50 AM
.*and if everything fails...  Terry Bogard09/03/04 05:33 AM
..*Didn't he just upgrade/reinstall? -nt-  Halcyon09/03/04 09:22 AM
...*Yes, his desktop  wildcat09/03/04 11:14 AM
....*it doesn't matter  Terry Bogard09/03/04 11:27 AM
..Re: I can't access Google anymore.  wildcat09/03/04 00:50 AM
.*Still  Halcyon09/02/04 11:39 PM
.*Re: I can't access Google anymore.  fuuma3009/02/04 09:13 PM