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Offline sgt_p

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search results are being redirected
« on: May 27, 2019, 10:55:34 AM »
When doing a google or bing search for my website, the domain comes up #1, but it's redirected to a pharmaceutical website.
Is this due to my domain/hosting?
Or is there something that's gotten embedded into my SMF software??

Help!

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 11:38:53 AM »
sounds like you may have a hack...
either of your forum.... (do you get the same redirect when you access the forum URL directly?)
or malware on your computer (do you get the same redirect if you use a different computer or a different browser?)


SMF version?

Mods installed?
What is your URL?
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Offline sgt_p

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 11:50:54 AM »
Forum version: SMF 1.1.21

direct url access if fine (bullpupforum.com)

I've tried different browsers, and the searches all do the same (GoDaddy rep had same results and told me to do a security scan, which found nothing...)

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 12:21:14 PM »
I think your website is fine, but your browser is the problem. You may have to remove some viruses off your computer.

I'm making this assumption based on your website loading fine at my neck of the woods

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 12:31:47 PM »
His site is infected. I tried on my end from google search and I get redirected to spapillsonline dot com
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Offline Sir Osis of Liver

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2019, 12:37:06 PM »
I would:

- Do a complete backup.

- Delete the entire forum install.

- Do a clean install.

- Upgrade to current version.

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2019, 12:55:33 PM »
His site is infected. I tried on my end from google search and I get redirected to spapillsonline dot com

What search query did you use?

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2019, 01:03:23 PM »
It's definitely the site.  I try google and bing from different browsers and computers and even my phone.


I would:

- Do a complete backup.

- Delete the entire forum install.

- Do a clean install.

- Upgrade to current version.


I've been wanting to do an upgrade for a while, but don't have the time this week.
Is there a way to search the code for the redirect?  Or would it be impossible to find??

Offline Sir Osis of Liver

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2019, 01:08:20 PM »
You can do a complete backup, then search the files in any file manager.  May be able to do it in cpanel, never tried, always do it locally.  Hack could be in the database, but it's usually in files.


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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2019, 01:13:32 PM »
Ok, last question about upgrading after fixing the hack...

How do I find an expert with the time to do the upgrade/transition for me??

I'm swamped right now, and don't really trust myself with something this important...

Any advice is appreciated (and I realize it's a subjective quesiton...)

Offline Sir Osis of Liver

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Re: search results are being redirected
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2019, 01:17:37 PM »
Upgrading is simple, only takes a few minutes (if nothing goes wrong).

https://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/Upgrading

If you need assistance, drop me a pm.