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Ads Between Regular Search Results.

Just did a search and got some strange search results.

     
7:22 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just did a litle check on google.com to see how some of my keywords were doing on google.
When I entered a word, it said "showing results 1 - 10, but in fact it showed 20 results.

Besides that, there was also a commercial site showing up 3 times with their homepage with 3 different titles within the first 10 results.

I guess that should normally not be possible and would be ads instead of real search results. Anybody?

8:33 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sometimes, people get some non-Google advertisements in the results pages due to extra software on their PC.

Sometimes, Google try a new results page design and deliver it to a small number of users.

Your description seems rather unusual though.

9:31 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes there are certain types of adware that surreptitiously embed their own links into the displayed page in such a manner as to appear to be normal SE listings.

Track down the application and *please* report the culprits to Google.

[edited by: ciml at 9:44 pm (utc) on Jan. 6, 2005]
[edit reason] Let's all choose our words carefully... [/edit]

1:44 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Run some of the popular adware scanners and spyware scanners. Should identify the program responsible.
10:49 am on Jan 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks people, indeed it was adware running on my pc. It added search results to the google results.

I didn't know that that was possible...amazing. Well I got ride of several adware programs, and search results are back to normal for me now.

 

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