search engines dont load but show index?????

Posted on 2005-03-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-11
when i go to yahoo.com google.com ect. the page shown says:   Index of /   and it lists differnt folders that contain pics of the search engines icons. the address still shows the origal page like http://www.google.com/
whats wrong?
Question by:Matt24usa
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Expert Comment

ID: 13572652
what web browser are you using? IE? FireFox? Opera?

Author Comment

ID: 13580447
ie and FF

they both do the same
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Expert Comment

ID: 13589769
Have you already tried to check your HOSTS file for modifications? There should be no entries for the search engines.

Author Comment

ID: 13596953
how do i do that?
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ID: 13598226
That depends on your operating system. In Windows 2000 you will find that file by default in C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc,  in Windows XP in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.

Then open the file with notepad. You should find something similar like that, starting with some lines with '#' as first character:

#     rhino.acme.com          # Quellserver
#     x.acme.com              # x-Clienthost       localhost

All lines starting with '#' are just comments and do not have any impact on the name resolution. All the other lines are pairs of IP address and hostname. The only default entry is '    localhost'. Some spyware and adware will modify the host file to redirect you to their site if you want to go to google for example. If there are other items than the localhost entry rename the file HOSTS to HOSTS.BAK and create a new HOSTS file (without any extension!!!). Copy the '       localhost'  line to that file. It should be the only content. On Windows 2000/XP open a command  prompt and type

ipconfig /flushdns

Now try to visit the search engines again.

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