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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, 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.

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


  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 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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