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Hijacked Browsers

June 3, 2010

This is just a quick post. A couple of days ago, all my browsers – IE, Firefox, and Chrome – were kind of hijacked. So thinking that a malware was running behind, I run a couple of virus/malware scans but to no avail. I remember to check my host file (C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc) and this is what I found out:

84.16.244.15 http://www.google.com
84.16.244.15 us.search.yahoo.com
84.16.244.15 uk.search.yahoo.com
84.16.244.15 search.yahoo.com
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.com.br
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.it
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.es
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.co.jp
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.com.mx
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.ca
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.com.au
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.nl
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.co.za
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.be
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.gr
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.at
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.se
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.ch
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.pt
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.dk
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.fi
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.ie
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.no
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.de
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.fr
84.16.244.15 http://www.google.co.uk
84.16.244.15 www.bing.com

Nice shot. So if you exprienced a similar issue, look into your host file first before you look further. That will save you some effort.

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