Google Hijacked ?

  Switcher 20:43 25 May 05

I installed Google Desktop some time ago and find it very good for practically instan searches of my documents and emails. However in the last few day I have noted that when I try a web search with it it always comes up with the following

The page cannot be found
The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.


Please try the following:

If you typed the page address in the Address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly.

Open the home page, and then look for links to the information you want.
Click the Back button to try another link.
Click Search to look for information on the Internet.

HTTP 404 - File not found
Internet Explorer

No matter what I type in to search.

It does search my desktop ok but not the WEB.

Has my IE been high jacked.

Nothing showing on AVG

Using XP pro

  VoG II 20:46 25 May 05

In Windows Explorer navigate to


and look for a file called HOSTS (no file extension).

If you find it, rename it to hosts.old then restart your PC.

Does this fix it?

  Switcher 20:54 25 May 05

Well that was absolutely Brilliant VOG.
Found it in both c:\windows and c:\windows\system\32\drivers

Problem now resolved very speedily but WHY?

  VoG II 21:10 25 May 05

The clue was in the which is a redirection to your own PC. Hence it could not find the page.

Here is a description of the hosts file click here

If you want to restore the hosts file, rename it back to hosts, right click it, Open With and select Notepad. Search for and delete the line containing

Save the file and restart.

  Switcher 21:41 25 May 05

Thanks for that VOG I will have a good look at it

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