why does google take me to a different website than I click on when I've done a search for something?

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why does google take me to a different website than I click on when I've done a search for something? Cindy007 1/17/10 1:13 PM
over the last few days when I do a google search for something, my computer goes to an entirely different website than the one I've clicked on.  why?
Re: why does google take me to a different website than I click on when I've done a search for something? Kaleh 1/17/10 2:48 PM
When this behavior occurs for numerous sites, it is an indication of malware on your computer.  (If it were limited to one specific site, it would likely be a problem with that particular site.)

There are several anti-malware products listed in the following article that are free for non-commercial use, but there are certainly many others you may try.  No one will be able to tell you exactly which product will be the one to work for you, as there are so many variants of malware that produce the same symptoms, it is a trial and error process.  Be certain that you update any definitions for any products you use, immediately prior to scanning.  You will need the latest updates the vendor has available.

Suspicious Results and Strange Behavior: Strange pop-ups, toolbars, redirects, or results  (anti-malware product list)
http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=8091

Additional programs you may want to try are:

MS Malicious Software Removal Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Be careful when searching for and downloading products from the internet.  You want to make sure that you are getting a reputable, legitimate product and not a rogue product that will just cause more problems.  If you have questions about any that you are considering, please ask.

Some of the current malware that is resistant to detection by the anti-malware programs, is a result of modifications made to your Hosts file.  You can check the entries in your Hosts file, for lines that redirect certain requests to inappropriate sites.

How do I recover from Hosts File Hijacking (#10131)
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/10131

The latest round of persistent issues seems to be related to atapi.sys problems identified by GMER and fixed through ComboFix.  However, you may not have this particular form of malware.

If the standard products do not resolve your problem, it is best to ask for assistance in a malware removal forum, where the volunteers are trained in the use of these and other advanced products, instead of using them without supervision.

Malware Removal Forums
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=malware+removal+forums&aq=f&aqi=&oq=&fp=4b0e053116aeea03