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Google search result = about:blank

Posted on 2011-03-23
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Hi

This is the first time I see this kind of problem after a search on Google.
I type something on Google and then hit enter or the search buttom just
to get a blank page with the folowing: about:blank
at first i thought this was some kind of infection...
any one familiar with this problem?

Thanks in advance

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by:owaisyahya
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please provide the source (view source) of that blank page
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Hi owaisyahya
I don't know if you mean the internal source like so: <HTML></HTML>
but thats the only thing i see in the source code in that page
then at the address this is whats in it: about:blank
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by:mwochnick
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A couple of questions
what browser are you using?
are you behind a proxy server?
have you tried it without any plugins enabled?
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Okay, i am running IE8
and i am not behind any proxy server at all...
Now the weird thing is that sometimes that goes away and come back again!
like right now is just fine, i just did i search and no nothing of that about:blank thing.
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smells to me like something happening at your ISP or Google and then IE caching the result.  Next time it happens I would clear the IE cache and see if it happens again.  If it does then I would try it with another browser - Chrome or Firefox

BTW it never hurts to scan your computer for viruses - doesn't feel like one - this is just annoying
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I did with Malwarebytes, ComboFix, and some other good anti-anything and is clean.
the thing about all of this going on, is that i am always looking for the solution to the
the problem in what i am in it, in this case with my favorite browser which is IE.
i don't like Google Chrome, neither FireFox, or any other web browser.
moving to another web browser is like not finding the solution to my problem.
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i'm not suggesting moving to another browser I'm suggesting testing in another browser to get another data point.  this will help to narrow down whether or not this is an IE only problem
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I see, but you know what, i had never experienced such problems with IE before,
such problems have recently begun, searching on Google i found few users with
the same problem but too little info regarding a solution to this problem.
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so I did a quick search and here's what I found - might be helpful - there is one about meta refresh in stackoverflow that seems to apply to your situation
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/576592/google-search-returns-blank-page

there is another article on the google help forums that has two possible solutions, one is the same as the one at stackoverflow but gives different details, the other involves having your .hosts file hijacked both are in this article
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/customsearch/thread?tid=7d06e9a0fd2e29ac&hl=en

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Right now i have meta refresh enable, what i just did is safe this sating to a file,
and if it change i will be able to see if this meta refresh change from enable to disable.
then about the WinsockFix, i know this tool from a long time, but never used for this purposes.
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Hey guys i found out what was the cust of the about:blank
it point to this file here: c:\windows\system32\Thumbs.db
after i kill this file from a VB tool i made, the problem is gone!
but i would like to mention something extra, it was not easy
to simple kill this file like this: Kill "c:\windows\system32\Thumbs.db"
i was not able to, then i set this tool to be started at first and i restarted
the pc and then my tool was able to completelly kill this file from this location.
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wow - windows never ceases to amaze me
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Hi guys, even if i did not get the answer, I'll split the points, thanks a million. :-)
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