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    I didn't put these links on my page. Who did?

    A friend just informed me that everytime the word "cruise" is mentioned on my website that it is a link to a search engine (search-what.net) It doesn't show up that way on my computer. I didn't put those links in my site. Can anyone tell me what is going on? Our company is hosting a cruise and I don't want our customers being navigated off our page to other cruise sites. I appreciate any help you can give.
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    Re: I didn't put these links on my page. Who did?

    I've seen this in action before where certain words on a site (even cnn.com) were linked to XXX pages depending on the word...
    I believe it's a virus or spyware on your friend's computer. I don't remember how we remedied this problem but I do know it happens (if that calms you a bit that it's not your fault) I'm sure one or more of our more experienced IT security guys will be able to offer you a remedy.
    Hope that helps a bit.
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    Re: I didn't put these links on my page. Who did?

    can you give us the URL? Katie is right, its a spyware virus.... Her brother had it on his computer.
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    Re: I didn't put these links on my page. Who did?

    I found a bunch of stuff about this. It is a client side thing, so it's not your website. The bigger one (ads) is Toptext.

    This page has a solution on the bottom. They obviously had clients who also had the problem.,

    http://www.starlightastrology.com/spyware/alert.htm

    Let me know if this helps.
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    Re: I didn't put these links on my page. Who did?

    I had the same problem and the program CWShredder may have fixed it. You can find the download and a history at http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/cwschronicles.html. I'd advise you to download and run SpyBot Search & Destroy as well, as this program catches stuff ad-aware may not and can immunize you from this kind of thing. I had this happening on my production webserver at work so it's a big pain... CWShedder definately got rid of a lot of nasties (from one program!) so it's worthwhile just running it to get rid of things you might have.

    In general, there's a rash of .hta (hypertext application 'plug-ins') for IE that have opened computers up to hijacking a website based on keywords, as you've noticed. As far as I know, classic antivirus programs don't check for this sort of thing.

    You may want to check your task monitor for weird processes running in the background. I had soemthing called 'Qq.exe' that turned out to be a keylogger and got rid of it using SpyBot or Ad-Aware or some combination... good luck!

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