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iGoogle: A hijack warning

I am feeling very guilty. 

This morning my iGoogle homepage appeared to be hijacked.  It automatically redirected me to sitesure.com, a site that seems to be related to Network Solutions.  I felt awful after raving about iGoogle and its lovely new themes earlier this week.

After searching frantically for a solution, using Yahoo! and good old standard Google, I discovered that other folks were suffering. I discovered a fix that works for now.

If this happens to you, you might have downloaded a gadget associated with the expired site.  For many, it seems that the offending gadget is This Day in History.

Here’s what to do:

  • Click on the X, or the browser Stop icon, before the iGoogle page has a chance to redirect.
  • Delete (or click the X on) the This Day in History gadget.

Network Solutions, the registrar for SiteSure, says the problem has to do with embedded browser code connected to the expired site.  A statement will be released on the Network Solutions site shortly. This Day in History may be associated with the expired SiteSure.  I am not sure which other gadgets are connected. Network Solutions also suggests clearing your browser’s cache.

I guess the no-fun lesson in all this is an old one. Be careful what you download.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Andrew Kiefer says:

    Thanks for the fix

  2. poet_soldier says:

    Listen: Thank you for detemrining that it was the this day in history plug-in. Following your directions *finally* fixed the problem for me. Thanks!

  3. Missi Baker says:

    I had trouble with the homepage theme I downloaded one time. The Google group for IGoogle helped me out. And, yes, I am often guilty of downloading “fun” widgets, etc.!

  4. yes, yes..

    we’ve been recieving tons of calls from customers about that sitesure thingy..
    good think they’ve reactivated the domain name for a limited time while giving the owner of the site time to renew the said domain name.
    so now if you pull up sitesure.com it pulls up w/ it’s recent contents.
    hell yeah, 1500+ abandoned calls is no joke, plus first-time callers complaining and thinking that netsol has something to do w/ it, it just so happens that it’s pulling up w/ a notice/advertisement that the domain name expired and needs to be renewed.

    poor legitimate customers waiting while on hold for hours.
    good thing that’s over!

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