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Google search Problem

By sammon
Jun 27, 2008
  1. I'm sure this has been covered before but I can't seem to find a solution in the forum. Every time i do a search on google and click on one of the top results it diverts me to another search engine (various different types) I have to then come back and click on the same result again to actually get to the correct site.

    I've ran various spyware etc scans but nothing is showing as a problem, but it is driving me crazy at the moment.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Perhaps you allowed Microsoft to choose when you initially installed the system.
    Be sure your home page is set to Google.
     
  3. sammon

    sammon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No this problem has only occurred in the last few days and I have had the laptop for 3 years so it isn't an installation issue. Thanks
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The following will work

    How to use Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES)

    To use RIES in Internet Explorer 7, follow these steps:

    1. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options.
    2. On the Advanced tab, click Reset.
    3. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset.
    4. When Internet Explorer 7 finishes restoring the default settings, click Close, and then click OK two times.
    5. Close Internet Explorer 7. The changes take effect the next time that you open Internet Explorer 7.

    Note for users who cannot start Internet Explorer 7 for some reason, use RIES from Internet Options in Control Panel.
     
  5. sammon

    sammon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have done the reset but I still have the problem with google. When I type in the subject matter in google the results come up ok but then when I click on them it diverts me to anumber of other search engines and redirection codes appear in the heading briefly.

    I then have to cancel it and go back to the google screen and click the result I first clicked and it goes to the proper site then.
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Delete the temporary internet files and History. That may prevent the recurrence of the previous page. Then do the RIES.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The above does that

    It also asks what search provider to use when IE first starts again
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,516   +336

    Any ISP may create an alternate response for conditions like
    I entered a ulr like www.xyz.com
    and get back some page with nothing to do with xyz.com (because it doesn't exist; http code 404)​
    Yea, you're clicking on Google Search results, but the same thing can happen there.

    Did you know that the first few search results (are sometimes) PAID Advertising?
    eg: google "portable mobility scooters"
    the first four are adverts!​
    Usually, these are implemented as click-thru to google who then redirects to the
    advertiser.
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I didn't know that.
    It's like a groceries shopping centre isle now, the more you pay the better your position.

    [​IMG]
    Portable Mobility Scooter

    Oh not that type !
     
  10. sammon

    sammon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've just checked and I'm not using windiws Explorer 7, I'm still using version 6, but I did reset it as best as possible. I'll deleate the history and temp files and see what happens then.
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,516   +336

    Sadly yes. :(
    At least the adverts on the right are more obviously commercial.
     
     
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