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I am using windows 2000 pro at home setup in a linksys wireless network.  One one machine www.google.com and www.search.yahoo.com are being redirected to a third party site.  this third party site is called cplanet.

other machines in the house connected to teh same linksys box have no problems.  I have tried software ad-popups programs, re-installing IE6, adding windows 2000 SP4, the page is still being redirected. I have tried numerous hints at the registry but still the problem exists.  All other search engines and websites work fine.  it should be noted that if goto www.yahoo.com and search from their home page and try to search, upon hitting enter an http 404 occurs with no search results.

Why might this be haapening?
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by:sunray_2003
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possible cause is spyware

download and install these and check if that would solve the probelm

SpyBot-S&D

SpyBot-S&D is an adware and spyware detection and removal tool. This includes removal of certain advertising components, that may gather statistics as well as detection of various keylogging and other spy utilities. In addition, it also securely removes PC and Internet usage tracks, including browser history, temporary pages, cookies (with option to keep selected) and more. The program offers an attractive outlook-style interface that is easy to use and multi-lingual. SpyBot-S&D allows you to exclude selected cookies, programs or extensions from being reported, allowing you to prevent false positive messages for items that you dont want to be alerted of every time. It can even scan your download directory for files that have been downloaded, but not yet installed, allowing you to detect unwanted programs before you even install them. SpyBot produces a detailed and easy to understand report before it deletes any files and allows you to deselect any item that you do not want to be processed. In addition, a recovery feature allows you to restore your settings if needed. Very nice tool, that exceeds the capabilities of the popular Ad-Aware application.

http://www.webattack.com/download/dlspybot.shtml 

Ad-aware

AdAware is a privacy tool, that scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. It then lists the results and offers to remove or quarantine the components. The program detects a wide range of adware/spyware related issues and can be updated with the latest signatures via the built-in update utility. Please be advised that removing certain components may impact the functionality of effected software applications. You should fully read the included Ad-aware documentation before removing any files!

http://www.webattack.com/download/dladaware.shtml 


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by:sunray_2003
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Also try

http://www.simplysup.com/  - Trojan remover

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by:Wadski
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on the affected machine look at the following file:

/%SYSTEMROOT%/System32/drivers/etc  (Where %SYSTEMROOT% is the windows2k directory)

There is a file called hosts.
Edit this file to see if there are any routes to divert www.google.com to that site.
Make this file readonly to prevent it being re-editted

If there are delete these routes and save the file then reboot.

The hosts file hold static alias routes which overrides the lookup when you type the domain in.  It is a useful tool for networking but can be used to do what is happening here.


It probably will have been installed by Spyware so best to scan as it will no doubt return if the spyware is still running.
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by:Shep
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Sunray has posted the solution, SpyBot-S&D.
http://www.webattack.com/download/dlspybot.shtml 

had exact same problem on clients computer few days ago, and SpyBot-S&D was the solution.

Shep

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by:sunray_2003
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Shep,

Thanks for the support


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by:pbright
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SpyBot-S&D.  did not solve the problem.  I thnak you for your efforts, any other idea's?
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