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Am posting this here because it is difficult to categorise. Anyway, yesterday a strange thing started happening when doing a google search: the browser kept failing to load the page (there was nothing wrong with the connection, so it seemed to be the ISP server doing some strange stuff)for quite a while, but then it suddenly began to load and the results page that appeared looked completely different in layout/style/colouring to how previously such pages had always generally looked. The "new page" is extremely neat (as in tidy) in it's layout and the Search Box at the top and bottom of the page was also pretty fancy and had a blue button at the end. I freaked and bailed out, shut the browser down, and rebooted, then tried accessing the Web again. This time everything went normally and the typical messy and very unfancy ordinary google results pages were the norm again and that is the way it has stayed until barely a couple of hours ago where again the browser suddenly was unable to load the "google search" even though as with yesterday the connection is fine. Repeated attempts to reach the Web kept failing until, like the previous day, it eventually loaded only to reveal the strange "new-look" google results page. And it has stayed like that: every time a search is done, the "new-look" type of results page materialises. What the hell is going on? Has anyone else had stuff like this happen to them? Am I being intercepted by something malicious or could something bad be in my ricketty OS? Have no idea who to ask except the people on this Website so just gotta hope that its okay to do so here (my ISP is hopeless at communication so would'nt even contemplate trying to ask them what the hell is happening.

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Hi fivealive. Thanks for your observations - what you were getting is exactly what I have been getting (with the white magnifying glass on the blue button, and that long dark blue strip along the top of the page too: you have got very good powers of observation, and your excellent description triggered my dilapidated memory!!!). Only few minutes ago when I went back on the Web (after knocking off to sort some stuff out in a USB drive) the Google Search Result page that came up was the old type page again!!! So since we both have been getting exactly the same thing happening to us what on earth could be doing it? I use Firefox (version 5) do you? The only thing I have done to Firefox for a long time is install an add-on that I have never used before called "Track Me Not", I only installed it the other day after reading a post by one of the MBAM Geeks on this Website where he said he used it in his Firefox. If you use Firefox, have you got this add-on in your Browser too? If the "new look" Google page happens again, am going to disable Track Me Not and see what happens. Are you still getting this old google/new google page thing happening to you? If it is, then we both need the help of an MBAM Geek! HEY MBAM DUDES WHERE ARE YOU WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! (Thanks again fivealive, we'll get it sussed one way or another! Cheers!).

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Hi fivealive. Thanks for your observations - what you were getting is exactly what I have been getting (with the white magnifying glass on the blue button, and that long dark blue strip along the top of the page too: you have got very good powers of observation, and your excellent description triggered my dilapidated memory!!!). Only few minutes ago when I went back on the Web (after knocking off to sort some stuff out in a USB drive) the Google Search Result page that came up was the old type page again!!! So since we both have been getting exactly the same thing happening to us what on earth could be doing it? I use Firefox (version 5) do you? The only thing I have done to Firefox for a long time is install an add-on that I have never used before called "Track Me Not", I only installed it the other day after reading a post by one of the MBAM Geeks on this Website where he said he used it in his Firefox. If you use Firefox, have you got this add-on in your Browser too? If the "new look" Google page happens again, am going to disable Track Me Not and see what happens. Are you still getting this old google/new google page thing happening to you? If it is, then we both need the help of an MBAM Geek! HEY MBAM DUDES WHERE ARE YOU WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! (Thanks again fivealive, we'll get it sussed one way or another! Cheers!).

your welcome and im posting on my computer but iv noticed it on this computer and one other as well and acording to someone elses post after me it apears to be change made by google them selves

google has a habit of making changes with out telling people or giving us a warning

and on a side note the computer im on now is using firefox 5 with the only addon being adblock plus

my computer has firefox 3.6.18 with the addons noscript and adblock plus and same thing stupid changes

so it seems safe

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Howdy sho-dan. I did'nt see your post (this has happened before on another page where after going back up from the bottom of the page, posts had materialised that I swore were not there when going downwards!!! Another mystery!!! However, sho-dan I knew that you MBAM guys would be able to solve the Google thing, but fivealive was terrific as knowing someone else is experiencing the same thing enables a massive subsidence in raving paranoia because a process of logical deduction can then be proceeded upon in a far more objective fashion while you are waiting for an MBAM Geek to turn up to save the day!!!

Absolutely Fabulous sho-dan: used your link and "POW" there was the answer. Am going to put the URL's to those Google pages here for fivealive as he will probably come back here for a look and might scroll down to here. So fivealive this is one of the pages that sho-dan's link goes to and on it is a snapshot of the "new look" Google page that we have been intermittantly encountering!!!:

http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2011/06/some-updates-to-design-of-search.html

This next URL takes you to a General Description page by Google talking about all the layout changes they are gradually in the process of implementing (they apparantly have been having quite a few "teething problems" with it over a long period of time so you and me fivealive have probably been banging into Beta trials here and there!

Very much appreciate your help you guys: the absolutely last thing I need is more stress due to weird stuff happening with the Web surfing and creating massive eruptions of freak-outedness: if it went on for too long without a resolution it possibly could even drive me to drink!

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fivealive here turned my computer on i have multiple accounts here for posting on different computers when im to lazy to go upstairs to use my own i use fivealive to post anyway yeah i recall when google made changes before drove everyone nuts trying to stop or work around the changes to go back to the old style clearing the cache and stuff helped

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Apologies fivealive, did'nt put the other URL in:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

Am only new to these kinds of Websites so am getting lots of surprises such as posts appearing on the page where previously there was not a post! I.T - it's Magic!!! Thanks for your latest post, everything is A-OK and we are not getting attacked by some ferocious and diabolical bug or infiltrated by devious Crackers (hey wait a minute, it is GOOGLE doing this so am no so sure bout how supposedly "innocent" it is! When they were in the country I live driving around in their vans doing their "Google Map" "Street Photography" thing a bunch of suspicious Geeks caught them hacking into peoples household broadband loops and copying the information packets: in other words, they were War-Driving! There was a massive stink about it and Google were unable to explain their actions at all!!!) great to see you like Firefox too (Mozilla are Fab) - yeah, 3:6:13 was great and I would'nt change to 4 because there was no Status Bar and no Refresh Button either (these are strange omissions but the Geeks at Mozilla have probably forgotten that not everyone has got Broadband: they are Geeks and to them dial-up was what the cave-men had!) but then the discovery was accidentally made that the amazing Mozilla Add-Ons Site has got a very nice Add-On that puts a Status Bar on your Task-Bar just like 3:6:13. This Add-On is called: Status 4 Evar and here is the URL:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q

Should have mentioned have gone from Firefox #4 to #5 and Status 4 Evar is fully compatible. They do not yet appear to make a "Reload/Refresh" Add-On that will put a button on the ToolBar, but they do have one that will give you a right-click Context Menu entry that makes your page reload (it is very good, and probably even better than the ToolBar button was!; this one is called: ReloadEvery 5.0.0 and the Mozilla URL for it is:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=+ReloadEvery+5.0.0&cat=1%2C0&x=14&y=12

Have also got latest NoScript:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q

Browser Protect 113:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/browserprotect/

Better Privacy 1.51:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/

Adblock Plus 1.3.8:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ad

Ghostery 2.5.3:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gh

Redirect Remover 2.6.4:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/re

KeyScrambler 2.8.1.0:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Mozilla-Extens

Padlock 0.5.0:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/padlock-icon/

CookieKiller 1.0.11: (This is neat: it uses a right-click context menu)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/co

You have some of these, fivealive, but am putting all the ones I use here so that if you or any other people who have not tried some of these, can just copy-and-paste them in their Browser to duck across to whack one in their Browser or slap it in notepad or something! The "Padlock" one is because Mozilla did not equip #5 with a padlock icon that displayed when you entered a secure website. The Padlock 0.5.0 Add-On will make a nice padlock icon appear to the left of your URL Panel (or whatever the hell it is called!!! Am not much cop with the Geek Magician Vocabulary, or in other words am a Cave-Creature!)when you go into a secure site.

Also, that Redirect Remover 2.6.4 is an old favourite, because before I found out about it I used to get flung around all over the place on a lot of websites such as CNET, and my banks website used to keep throwing me out onto a blank page that there was no way back into the website from and so to try and get back in you had to start all over again in the laboriously protracted process of navigating to the beginning, putting in numbers, passwords (all at an absolute snails-pace on dial-up) etc, only to end up getting flung out onto the blank page again!!! It was nearly driving me to drink!!! But then Redirect Remover was found out about, and from the moment it was installed, getting dumped off website pages became absolutely a thing of the past! Something worth mentioning about it though, is that after you've installed it you have to open up it's Settings Panel and push the "Add Filter" button. When you do this nothing will seem to happen, but don't worry because a filter WILL have been added. It's just a pity the creator of it has not yet put something in it that tells you the filter has been "activated" or whatever it is that happens. Will never go anywhere without that app!

None of the Add-Ons listed have conflicts with each other and they are all very very good.

Will finish by mentioning a couple of excellent Mozilla backup programs: one of them is called MozBackup and a place you can download it is:

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/files/1.5.1/MozBackup-1.5.1-EN.exe

Choose "Download from JasnaPaka.com" (press "Install Program" and a download panel should pop up very quickly).

MozBackup will enable you to make backups of all your Mozilla programs (FireFox and Thunderbird) but Mozbackup can back up lots of other Open-Source programs too. I use it to back up my Firefox Add-Ons, and only the Add-Ons. I have not found it to be reliable for backing-up bookmarks so never check bookmarks, or anything else except Add-Ons as it is excellent at Add-On back-ups. It is very good at backing-up Thunderbird emails and Thunderbird settings and Add-Ons as well. When you are doing a back-up with it you have to, during the process, pick a folder for the back-up to go into (I just pick My Documents). It is very easy to learn how to use (if I can then anybody can) (WHO SAID THAT? ITS A LIE!!) - I keep it in a USB Drive with all my Porn (NO I DONT ITS A LIE!)and heck, when you get a USB Drive for the first time pretty soon you wonder how on earth you got by without them: they are mind-bogglingly useful to put it mildly.

There is another great backup utility, its a Mozilla Add-On called FEBE 6.0 and you can see it here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q

It will not work with Firefox #5 (am not sure about the #4 variants) but it will go straight into the #3 series such as 3:6:13 etc. I love it and am eagerly waiting for them to bring out one for #5. It is for backing-up your Add-Ons and is very easy to use. But so is MozBackup. I put the backup files that are created in a folder in the USB Drive where they are nice and safe unless I start fooling around in it when Im drunk (THATS NOT TRUE ITS A LIE.

So that'll about do it for today: again, thank you very much indeed fivealive and sho-dan, it is a real pleasure and privelige to be able to interract with very good dudes on this very good Website: Cheers and Happy Adventuring.

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A couple more things: spent MONTHS futilely trying to find an alternative pdf Reader to the Adobe one (will not use anything from Adobe as have waded through the "Privacy Statements" and "Utilisation Agreements" on their website - it takes an awful long time as there are just screeds and screeds and screeds of jargon - and did not like the kind of stuff that eventually was found after scrolling just about for ever: such as Adobe having unnamed "third party" compadres who can install software on your computer without your knowing! NO THANKS!!!) until one night, very recently, somehow blundered by accident to somewhere on the Web that had a pdf Reader download called Nitro PDF Reader. To cut a long story short, this is a great, free, PDF Reader that can do heaps of stuff, including converting non-pdf files to pdf (and it does it easily and rapidly too). Here is where you download them:

http://www.nitroreader.com/download/

There is also an incredibly excellent app (it is safe, no bugs)that will transform the horrible Microsoft clock on the taskbar into a magnificently modern elegant clock complete with a pop-up calendar! This thing is humungously brilliant and was created by a Chinese "Learner-Geek" who built it as part of his practical studies. The download is here:

http://lclock.en.softonic.com/

Then there is good ol Speccy! If ya aint seen Speccy yet, then you definitely will want it when you do see it. It not only looks good, it IS good: it tells you all sorts of stuff about your System, temperatures in real-time of the Processor and HD, Processor speed, etc. Everyone should know about Speccy! You download it here:

http://en.softonic.com/s/speccy

The same outfit that makes Speccy, also makes a real posh defragger called "Defraggler". So if you've actually got faith of belief that defraggers actually do anything useful at all, then the wonderful way that Piriform (the creators) design their stuff will, in the case of their Defraggler give you something pretty to look at even if it does'nt actually do anything useful!!!

Better go now, hell havent done so much writing in decades! Am filling the Website up!!!

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No No Honest, final entry and only brief: further up the page said Mozbackup does not seem to be very good at backing up bookmarks. But this is no problem as the best bookmarks backup on the planet is already built into FireFox: BOOKMARKS (Toolbar) > SHOW ALL BOOKMARKS > IMPORT + BACKUP > EXPORT HTML.

To import a Bookmarks Backup into a new Firefox you navigate to IMPORT + BACKUP and in the dropdown menu select IMPORT HTML and follow the Wizard that appears (if you keep the backups in a USB Drive then you go there first and send a copy of the Bookmarks backup to My Documents or Desktop so that you can use the Browser Wizard to import the Bookmarks into the Browser.

Cheerio Folks, Take Care.

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i was going to mention firefoxes own backup system is perfect but you beat me to it i see and i thought id also make a slight note that firefox 3.6.18 is memory leaking (insert proper swearword here) and the less addons the better i used to only use adblock plus BUT back in oct 2010 i was talking with a buddy of mine over msn and he sent me a link to a joke and well looking at the site i got hit by a drive by of something and it hijacked my hotmail a couple hours later and started sending out emails thankfully i was able to get control in seconds of emails going out but since then iv used noscript and i freaking love it just took a bit of getting used to it but once done i havnt had a problem since at least as far as i know but im super paranoid and when something goes wrong with the computer my first reaction is to format when its software problems since i have the disk to do it its not a big deal for me

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Hi sevensages, yeah NoScript is awesome, when you've got NoScript it is like driving around in a tank! That yellow bar that appears just above the Taskbar when NoScript is blocking stuff is easy to get used to and it's good to see it as it makes you feel a lot more secure! It is raved about by Geeks and they say if there are only two Add-Ons that you use, then make sure they are NoScript and Better Privacy. Cheers.

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Heck nearly forgot: for some reason (that is unknown) when you try and use the "Search" panels on CNET or try to download stuff from CNET, it won't work, and the reason is NoScript. So if you are gonna go to CNET you should disable NoScipt.

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Hi sevensages, thanks for your reply. That is peculiar how you have no problem with NoScript on CNET: I have never been able to download anything there with NoScript activated, giving CNET "Permission" does not help. I use Firefox #5 but I had the same problem when using Firefox 3.6.13 and 3.6.18. So this is very odd and wonder why we would have such radically different experiences with NoScript on CNET? Firefox have put out a big upgrade for #5 but for some reason you cannot use NoScript in it so have turned down the upgrade!!! Cheers.

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P.S. That upgrade incompatibility with NoScript might just have concerned the NoScript version being used in the #5 Browser but did'nt want to take the risk of upgrading in case there was no available NoScript that was compatible with it.

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Hey Samuel those URL's for Firefox Add-Ons that I posted up the page, they don't work!!! Cannot understand it but the ones I have tried all end up with a broken connection. Needed to come here and copy/paste URL's as due to the latest reinstall of the OS have got Firefox #4 and the USB Mozbackup did'nt have some compatible Add-Ons with #4 (it is frustrating, because when you go get the versions that are compatible with #4, Firefox eventually updates itself to #5. This was okay until Mozilla does another #5 update again, and whereupon some of the Add-Ons will no longer work, and last time this happened, NoScript would not work! Have decided to use #4 instead and am gonna have to stop it updating to the later #5 version as am not going without NoScript) but every URL that was tried, failed. Have been crawling around the Mozilla site getting the Add-Ons that were missing and grabbing their URL's too and they are different to the ones that are posted up the page. Samuel, could you PLEEEEZ remove that post, and in fact, get rid of them all? They are terrible, and not useful. Same goes for that astronomically massive tirade about setting up Comodo Firewall and Ad-Aware (think that stuff is in the "PC" section and where a guy called "asianguy" [if memory serves correct] wanted to know about any good AV's: and the result was a massive series of rants - often in places nearly incoherent, and full of errors - from "Guess Who") am absolutely appalled at how bad this stuff is (am actually capable of doing better than that rubbish) and would if possible like it all removed as it is not useful (due to all the stuff that was forgotten to be included and which spawned a whole lot of equally awful sub-posts attempting to laboriously make up for the omissions: just a bigger and bigger mess is all that happened)

so how about it Samuel? All that stuff is far too long and too badly thought out: people do not want to wade through a morass like that, and if anyone actually did have more than a fleeting glance at it, they could easily be mislead by it because of important details that are missing practically right up until final "catch-up" post. If you MBAM guys can somehow put up with my antics am pretty sure I can be a lot better and not fill your excellent Website up with vast, sprawling, quasi-intelligible oceans of gabble. Also, thanks tremendously for all your Tech help Samuel, it is very kind of you to do all this. Cheers!

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Yeah it is, but something has happened to this page while the above post for Samuel was being written: there was HEAPS of posts (mostly huge, garbled tirades from me!)on this page but where the heck have they all gone? Hey gerardwil, are you an MBAM Tech? Cheers.

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Samuel Hi: that guy I was trying to remember is "asianmusicguy" and his post is in "PC Help" and the title is: "best free AV with most protecten possible" (you have to scroll down the opening "PC Help" topics list to find it): that is where that enormous tirade about Comodo and Ad-Aware are. Cheers.

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