You may have noticed very sparse blogging last couple of days – just the pre-scheduled Clock Quotes…
Well, I have some laptop problems (Dell PC with WinXP, only FF as browser).
The first inklings of problems showed up right after the AAAS meeting last month. I have been dutifully cleaning with Symantec, Spyware Doctor, SUPERantispyware and Spybot Search&Destroy almost daily since then. My Malwarebytes does not work – after uninstalling it, I get an error when trying to reinstall. Ad-Aware does not let me start (says I am a wrong user for it). WTF?
The problem is this – Google sites give me 404, etc.:
The requested URL /accounts/ServiceLogin was not found on this server.
Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) Server at www.google.com Port 443
I cannot get into Gmail, Google docs, do Google searches, etc. It started a few days ago by letting me access these (and other sites) by first asking me to View Certificate (I click No and it proceeds to the site). That happened on and off – the same website would sometimes ask sometimes not for this. On Monday/Tuesday in Boston, this did not happen at all on the hotel wifi. It did again in a cafe on their wifi, and then again when I got home. Now, if I have a saved search (e.g., Google Blogsearch for my blog URL) I can get there and see it and change search terms, etc., but if I try to click on any of the search items it forwards to a commercial/spam site instead. I also get 404 if I try to Log In my Google profile at any site.
All other sites on the WWW I can access just fine right now (and no call to view certificate either). I can check Gmail on iPhone but cannot download files, copy+paste, etc. from there. So, unless I can reply in two words, my response to your mail may be delayed until I get this fixed. Or re-send, if urgent, your message to my other e-mail: Bora@plos.org.
I have spent the whole day and night yesterday cleaning up the laptop with four different spy/mal/ad-ware/virus cleaners- they did not find much of concern.
The problem is not with the router – other family members using the same connection have no problems with their laptops.
Since my Internet Explorer does not work, I cannot afford to remove Firefox (if it is Firefox that is borked) as I cannot get back online afterwards to re-download it again. I cannot first download Chrome, because it is a Google product, so I get 404. Any other browsers I should try?
Any other ideas?