Firefox 3 Beta 5 Sending Google Search Results Through Redirect?

Apr 3, 2008 • 7:18 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

There is an interesting new bug with Firefox 3 Beta 5, that sends a surfer through a redirect page after clicking on the Google search result. Here is how to reproduce the issue:

(1) Be in Firefox 3 Beta 5 (2) Be signed in to Google (you must be signed in to your Google account) (3) Go to Google.com (4) Enter the search term: [yahoo] or any other search term (5) Click the first result (should be Yahoo! i.e. www.yahoo.com)

Then what happens is your are taken to a redirect page at Google.com as opposed to going directly to yahoo.com. Here is a screen capture of the redirect page:

Google Redirect Bug in Firefox 3 b5

We are not sure if it is just a Firefox bug or also a Google bug or both. There is a lot of discussion about this issue throughout the forum space.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums, Web Hosting Talk, Gamers With Jobs, and here is the Mozilla Bug Tracker.

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Comments:

Danny

09/17/2008 09:47 am

After a superantispyware complete search of all files it didn't find anything but some tracking cookies But the tracking cookies were in the C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile folder (I'm guessing this is the profile the system service uses) the cookies were back after superantispyware deleted them and rebooted iexplore had the cookies locked (after a clean reboot) using the most excellent software unlocker www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml I was able to unlock and delete the cookies (I deleted all the files in all the folders I found except user.dat (I left the folders) my Google search is working again By the way there was a redirect cookie in the folder Back to normal and feeling lucky (Google pun) Danny

Obfuscated

10/06/2008 02:20 pm

Using Firefox 3.0.3, browsing to: go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9616996 (the link for Microsoft IE 8 beta) is being redirected to: www.wwwppe.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/ which in turn is redirecting to: www.wwwppe.com This is NOT happening in IE 7 nor is this a DNS cache issue on the client or DNS server. Looking at this post: blogs.msdn.com/crm/archive/2006/10/11/new-microsoft-dynamics-crm-3-0-videos.aspx#818279 there is a reference to this address which is NOT a FQDN "wwwppe".

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