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Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Thu May 14, 2009 5:04 pm

Whenever I watch videos on YouTube I randomly get redirected to websites. For instance I was watching a music video called "Samael - Slavocracy", and then I randomly got redirected to www.slavocracy.com. What the hell is going on?
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby lexon on Thu May 14, 2009 5:59 pm

This is just a WAG. I went were I should have not gone to and got something I could not get rid of. It kept popping up. I would clear History and it was still there. I found out I had twelve items still in History even though I had cleared it. By default, Firefox retains twelve, 12, items in History.
Below is the fix I found.
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From what I can tell it is not a real bug but a regression that's
part of a new feature RichResults. The browsing history does
not erase RichResults anymore. If you don't want RichResults
keep track of where you went, in Firefox you need to enter
about:config
and then scroll down to:
browser.urlbar.maxRichResults
and change the default. The default setting is 12 and if you
want nothing, you enter 0.
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May not be anything but you might think about it. I also have Firefox setup in Prefences to clear ALL data when I close out the browser.

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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Thu May 14, 2009 10:05 pm

Hi, that makes no difference whatsoever.I'm using the Gloria RC, and this is just dumb beyond belief. I get the horrible feeling the developers have added this in. Its like an out of the box virus. Anyway it's goodbye Linux Mint. I will NOT tolerate this kind of crap!
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby lexon on Thu May 14, 2009 10:28 pm

I seriously doubt it is cause by Mint. You must have done something that your are not revealing. I have been using Mint 6 & 7 and only had the one issue I mentioned. Ok, maybe the Rant helps you feel better.
I am a newbie.

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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Thu May 14, 2009 11:08 pm

Something I'm not revealing? Like?
And FYI it does it on the LiveCD too. So yeah........anyway, it just seems to pick a word off a page and attempts to redirect you too http://www.theworditpicked.com. I've tried it loads of ways. It still does it even after your 0 thing + AdblockPlus. It has to be some kind of retarded thing included by the devs, Its just to convenient to be a bug.

Oh yeah I also tried disabling the "Mint Search Enhancer", same deal >,<
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby Kaye on Fri May 15, 2009 12:53 am

Are you clicking around while this happens or just sitting there watching the video?

Ps. It is something you did or something with your system. It is not Mint.
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby tinca on Fri May 15, 2009 3:01 am

RaiCoss wrote:Hi, that makes no difference whatsoever.I'm using the Gloria RC, and this is just dumb beyond belief. I get the horrible feeling the developers have added this in. Its like an out of the box virus. Anyway it's goodbye Linux Mint. I will NOT tolerate this kind of crap!


I believe that the 12 items that you are referring to are in fact your own bookmarks. If you ask Firefox to clear your history on exit, it will do just that, but if you look at your past history you will still find 12 items listed. They only appear if they are in your bookmarks.

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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby markfiend on Fri May 15, 2009 3:42 am

RaiCoss wrote:it just seems to pick a word off a page and attempts to redirect you too http://www.theworditpicked.com.

I think you must be accidentally middle-clicking.
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Fri May 15, 2009 7:34 am

markfiend wrote:
RaiCoss wrote:it just seems to pick a word off a page and attempts to redirect you too http://www.theworditpicked.com.

I think you must be accidentally middle-clicking.


Ummmmm no. I'm not even touching the mouse or keyboard and it does it. It also does it on other sites besides YouTube. AND it also keeps bringing up the same page over and over sometimes....
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby nick on Fri May 15, 2009 7:41 am

Hi

It is NOT Mint please read:
Discussions > Bug Reports & Technical Issues > Random redirections to advertising sites while watching YouTube vids?

http://help.youtube.com/group/youtube-i ... 9a400969a3


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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby richyrich on Fri May 15, 2009 9:02 am

I googled "random redirect" and found multiple scripts (java & php) that do exactly what you are experiencing.

Example: http://www.findmysoft.com/scripts/Rando ... nload.html

My guess, someone is getting paid (adverts, etc.) to use these scripts to randomly send visitors from their website, (or it can be added to a link in YouTube), to other advertisement filled websites.

Suggestion: Check the links of your bookmarks, do any have strange scripting on the end? Addons? Plugins?

Hope you can find an answer, regards, Richard
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Fri May 15, 2009 11:09 am

nick wrote:Hi

It is NOT Mint please read:
Discussions > Bug Reports & Technical Issues > Random redirections to advertising sites while watching YouTube vids?

http://help.youtube.com/group/youtube-i ... 9a400969a3


Nick


Yeah I don't need to read that. I posted that bug report, just look at the username.......xD

And RichyRich. If it isn't a Linux Mint issue, then why do I only face this issue when using Mint. Ubuntu 9.04/8.10/8.04, Windows XP/7, Fedora 11 Beta all work flawlessly. But if I try with Mint, it happens. Please explain how it can't be?
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby richyrich on Fri May 15, 2009 11:18 am

Can you go to "Tools", "Addons". and list the plugins you have installed? That way we can start comparing differences.
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ps: Do you have Mint installed on the harddrive? or in mint4win?
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Fri May 15, 2009 11:35 am

richyrich wrote:Can you go to "Tools", "Addons". and list the plugins you have installed? That way we can start comparing differences.
Richard

ps: Do you have Mint installed on the harddrive? or in mint4win?


There you go, I print screened it. Oh and by the way. I'm using this on a Laptop without a hdd, or any other form of long term storage, so thats the virus idea kinda dealt with. I don't change anything when I use the LiveCD, and I STILL get this issue!

It's a shame really, because otherwise this release is awesome :(
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby richyrich on Fri May 15, 2009 12:01 pm

I've been doing a little research, but have only found Java Plugin bugs.
Your plugins look correct.
I notice that your "lock" is open (task bar), notifying you of updates available. Have you checked what updates are available? My kde6 install required just about a complete update of everything relating to firefox & java

regards, Richard

ps: have run the live Mint7 RC1 cd on my box, and cannot duplicate the problem???
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Fri May 15, 2009 12:15 pm

richyrich wrote:I've been doing a little research, but have only found Java Plugin bugs.
Your plugins look correct.
I notice that your "lock" is open (task bar), notifying you of updates available. Have you checked what updates are available? My kde6 install required just about a complete update of everything relating to firefox & java

regards, Richard

ps: have run the live Mint7 RC1 cd on my box, and cannot duplicate the problem???


Ok. I've also installed it on my desktop PC which includes all updates. And it still has this problem.....

I've even tried downloading the updates on the Laptop and logging out/in again. It still happens. I'm really at a loss with this issue. The only time I've experienced something similar is on Windows XP with a virus...
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby richyrich on Fri May 15, 2009 12:57 pm

What type of Internet connection are you using? Are you using a router?

I've been reading up on "DNS Spoofing", and maybe your Router has been infected! You can check by logging into the router, and check to make sure the DNS servers are set to your ISP's servers.

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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby Aging Technogeek on Fri May 15, 2009 1:00 pm

Have you tried adding "Adblock Plus" to your Firefox add-ons? If this is some type of advertising WAG "Adblock Plus" might filter it out.

Also, check this thread. The original poster picked up a similsr problem on Firefox.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25416&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=Linux+hacked
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby RaiCoss on Fri May 15, 2009 1:32 pm

DNS spoofing! OMG I had this problem alittle while ago. The weird thing is that all other versions of linux I try work fine. It's JUST mint that I suffer this issue with. And they all go through the same router.

@Aging Technogeek.

Yes I've installed AdblokPlus, and NoScript, it makes no difference. It just picks a random word off a page. Like I said in my first post, I was watching a music vid on YouTube called Samael - Slavocracy, and got redirected to http://www.slavocracy.com. The thing is that website dosen't even exist. The only common link to this problem is Mint, all other o/s' work fine. I really can't seem to say that enough xD
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Re: Why do I get randomly redirected to websites?

Postby richyrich on Fri May 15, 2009 2:32 pm

Where did you get your Live disk from? Did you burn it yourself? On a Wind*** machine, or your other Linux pc?

"I've been reading up on "DNS Spoofing", and maybe your Router has been infected! You can check by logging into the router, and check to make sure the DNS servers are set to your ISP's servers."

Have you checked your DNS entries?
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