Thursday, April 15, 2010
I seem to have some sort of strange web virus. Yesterday, it left me confused for awhile as I tried to go to Google and found myself instead at the Stanford homepage (which I had never previously visited). Thinking that my search for some computer science related term had somehow landed me there, I tried other ways of getting to Google. No such luck. All paths led to Stanford. Try going to update this blog? Stanford (with a "this page does not exist" error). Google news? Stanford. Gmail? Stanford. Another web browser entirely? Stanford. It seems that the virus somehow does a string replace for "google.com" with "stanford.edu." Great. Without Google, I even had trouble searching to find anything out about the virus. Resorting to the tried-and-true method of computer geeks everywhere, I restarted my computer. It's almost back to normal (note the Stanford mini-icon):
Of course, all searches containing both Google and Stanford just lead to information about Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Thinking myself free, except for the mini-icon haunting, I celebrated with many Google searches. Now all attempts to get to facebook take me to Windows Live...