[ubuntu-za] Google Virus Warning :(

Robert Schumann robert at cantab.net
Fri Nov 30 11:55:06 GMT 2007

According to the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7118452.stm),

A huge campaign to poison web searches and trick people into visiting
malicious websites has been thwarted. The booby-trapped websites came up in
search results for search terms such as "Christmas gifts" and "hospice".
Windows users falling for the trick risked having their machine hijacked and
personal information plundered. The criminals poisoned search results using
thousands of domains set up to convince search index software they were
serious sources of information.

I suspect your DNS tweak coincided with their restoration of service.


On 11/30/07, rdavin at cybersmart.co.za <rdavin at cybersmart.co.za> wrote:
> Just an update..
> Remembering having serious DNS issues in the past..  Not really
> understanding this stuff and grasping at straws, I started to think
> maybe this was an ISP problem.
> Possibly request to Google were being malformed or something..?
> The next thing I did was change my DNS to and
> Some how, magically things are back to normal and I'm now longer getting
> this strange response when doing Google searches.
> Just out of curiosity... how in the world could the DNS settings munge
> my Google request??
> Was is just a strange coincidence that when I changed DNS servers that
> things just started working properly?
> Rich
> rdavin at cybersmart.co.za wrote:
> > Starting this morning I noticed a strange message when doing searches..
> >
> > Google returns a message that says:
> >
> > [quote]
> > We're sorry...
> >
> > .. but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer
> > virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process
> > your request right now.
> >
> > We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In
> > the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been
> > infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to
> > make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious
> software.
> >
> > We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on
> Google.
> > To continue searching, please type the characters you see below:
> >
> > (captcha box appears here)
> > [/quote]
> >
> > Now this made me concerned..  Thinking it may have been my browsers
> > settings I changed my home page from Google.com/ncr (ncr = no country
> > redirect) to Google.com.    This didn't solve the problem.    I then
> > cleared my cache, cookies etc.. The problem still didn't go away.
> >
> > I was using SeaMonkey.. so I then switched to Firefox browser..  and
> > still I am receiving the same message and getting more worried.
> >
> > Going over to my wifes windows box and using both of these browsers
> > everything seemed fine.
> > Thinking that 'maybe' Google is having a technical problem effecting
> > Linux browsers, I switched my user agent in Firefox to IE.
> >
> > This didn't help and Google still returned the spyware/adware message.
> > So it appears there is a problem with my Linux machine.   How can I
> > check my bunto box as this is starting to freak me out a little?
> >
> > If anyone can help me out with this one I would really appreciate it.
> >
> > Rich
> >
> >
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