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Inability search via Google

By tw0rld
Feb 7, 2009
  1. Strange topic, but it refers to my inability search via google or even visit their site. I am currently triple booting XP, Vista and Ubuntu, and the results are the same. This has me wondering if the problem lies with me or them(google). I have tried three different browsers(Firefox, IE and Konqueror),but to no avail. Am I the only one with this problem?:confused:
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Update to a more secure Hosts file
    There's lots of important info on that here: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    As it's difficult to see the actual download, here it is: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip
    Important! Windows Vista requires special instructions: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsvista.htm

    Simply download the hosts.zip file, extract, then run mvps.bat, then restart

    Then restart, and test browsing the Internet again :)

    Also have a look at:
    UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions
     
  3. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 572   +6

    This is the strangest thing. It turns out that I only needed to refresh my router. This is puzzling as I was able to browse other sites and search engines. Why would an ip problem only affect google?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 572   +6

    I did try that option, and it didn't work. I have the batch file saved to my Hard Drive.
    Thank You.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    That batch file?
    If so once it's installed, you can delete the downloaded batch file and any other files used to update the hosts file
    As that "hosts.zip" updates around once a month
     
  7. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 572   +6

    The commands found at the link you provided can be saved as one batch file or program, by saving it as a .bat program by using a text editor such as notepad. So instead of running the commands separately, they would all be compiled and initiated one after the other.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I have no idea what you are talking about
    "The commands found at the link you provided can be saved as one batch file or program"
    It already is a batch file ! And as stated earlier, delete the batch file, don't save it (once Hosts is updated) as the batch file and updated hosts file, gets updated all the time by mvps.org
     
  9. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 572   +6

    This is what I am talking about:


     
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