__/ [maryswinburne@xxxxxxxxxxx] on Monday 19 December 2005 05:25 \__
> Hey.....my friend has recently bought a new computer. When he tries to
> search thru Google he gets mainly USA sites, not his local area
> (Australia) - he is searching thru Google Australia?? - why so??
The problem is unlikely to be related to the computer being new. This
nonetheless indicates that it is less (or more possibly and coversely i.e.
/more/) likely to be affected by worms. If that was the case, he would
probably be diverted to 'black sites', pr0n primarily.
About a month ago, the newsgroup was visited by another Australian guy who
had supposedly got infected by a worm that swayed him away from 'real
Google'. This is unlikely to be the case here. Have you looked into search
settings? try deleting the browser cookie which is labelled "google.com".
Also, try to do a like-with-like comparison. See if your friend gets dif-
ferent results than you for one particular phrase. Are you accessing
Google Australia or Google.com? The latter often re-directs to the former.
Hope it helps,