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What's wrong with Google?

Asked by SpatzieLover (24294 points ) July 29th, 2011

I now know I’m not the only jelly with this issue. I’ve tried Googling today, only to run across a ton of spam.
Has Google been hacked? Did they sell out?

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tom_g's avatar

Can you give an example search term?

SpatzieLover's avatar

I’m on Yahoo at the moment to avoid the google spam. @tom_g it was when I was looking up images/articles for the trade center question posted by @Simone. Simone was having the same issue. I tried again with Da Vinci earlier and was flooded by spam.

I tried on both explorer and FF, thinking it was a FF issue. It’s not for me.

tom_g's avatar

Not really understanding the term “google spam”. I was just wondering if you had a search term I could try. For example, “9/11 museum”. I’m not getting any unusual behavior.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Search terms would have been “trade center cross” “trade center star david” and the like. The spam was ridiculous.

tom_g's avatar

I’m looking at the results of “trade center cross” and I don’t understand what you mean by “spam”.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Maybe it’s fixed @tom_g. I just checked “Star David Trade Center” and got actual results.

What I meant by spam? The results were all things to buy, not articles.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Seems to be working fine for me

blueiiznh's avatar

I have been goggling all day. running a search on google is not going to create SPAM

Spam is unwanted unsolicited email? Do you mean spamdexing?

What’chu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?

SpatzieLover's avatar

@blueiiznh I was using the word spam as in web search spam. Even my computer geek husband knew what I was talking about…and he is uber literal. ;) He was at work and couldn’t answer my question

Aethelflaed's avatar

Ok, stab in the dark: Google, the actual google page, looks fine. However, when you click a link, you don’t go to that page, but rather get redirected towards some other spammy type of site, perhaps another search engine?

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aethelflaed Yes. It was ridiculous before 2pm CST today. Also, the search would not bring up articles, but places selling things. I recall one search bringing up thee items on Amazon at the top of the search…again it was for “World Trade Center” info.

Aethelflaed's avatar

@SpatzieLover Congratulations!!!! You have the Google Redirect Virus! It’s extra awesome as viruses go, because all the virus removal programs can’t reliably remove it. I had it about a month ago, and had to reinstall my entire operating system. Yay!

blueiiznh's avatar

@SpatzieLover just making sure.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aethelflaed Thanks for the diagnosis. I will allow my husband to repair my laptop when he comes home. sh$!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Aethelflaed oh fux didnt even think about that. I had that issue as well a while ago. I got rid of it by just doing a restore to about a month previous.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Thank you dear jellies!

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