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6/25/11
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bluebubble

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= redirect URL. Is it legit? Why do I get these links? Really worried. HELP!

Hello.

Everytime I do a search on google and I click on a link I see appearing first a link that looks like this:


This problem appears every time on a right-click too, which makes it impossible for me to use websites like Norton Safe Web to check whether or not a link is safe. I have run my antivirus, Malwarebytes, Spybot and HijackThis. The Pc is, according to all of them, clean. I have also checked my PC's host file and, from what I understand, it looks clean.

I don't get why I am being redirected. Is it a legit google.com redirect URL? If so, why is it doing that and how do I stop from doing it?
 

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Thomas P. - Top Contributor
6/25/11
Thomas P. - Top Contributor
Those kinds of links are a symptom of Google doing monitoring & research.
Your machine is not infested with malware.
Clearing your cookies may help, or ... I've had some success in the past with simply re-searching in fast succession (hitting Google with the same query by reloading the results 2-5 time a second for a few seconds, - seemed making Google give up the annoying behaviour, and revert to providing me with clean links).
6/25/11
Original Poster
bluebubble
So basically they are using my links for research? Don't they do that with the Web History already? Or is it a "how many times you hit that link" thing? I never really truly understood how these things work.
 
Ok I fell better now as I was wondering if I was getting those search provider redirect viruses that so many were talking about, even though I never get redirected to a different website than the one I was asking for.
 
It is a bit annoying though because I usually verify the links I want to visit (those I am unfamiliar with) by copying the URL and checking it on websites like Symantec's Norton Safe Web. Now that google redirects all my links I can't do that anymore unless I manually input the URL.
 
I wonder how long they'll keep giving me these awfully long links.
Thomas P. - Top Contributor
6/25/11
Thomas P. - Top Contributor
Yup, Google is gathering data on users search patterns and behaviours.
6/25/11
Original Poster
bluebubble
Well, then I guess I'll have to sit tight and wait for them to finish gathering my data, then. I sure hope they'll get tired to check my keywords, clicks and such soon enough.
 
Thank you so much for your help. It's truly appreciated.
 
 
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