Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blogger Blogs Redirecting To "blogoholic.info"

This weekend, we have seen several queries from anxious bloggers who report that their blogs are redirecting to mysterious URLs containing the domain "blogoholic.info".
My custom domain blog is being redirected to Blogholic.info, more specificaly this page http://searchacross.com/?flrdr=yes&nxte=js&dn=blogoholic.info&fp=kXHnDH0xDZIfzljX%2BDZc03diJWrFV5N2iQsAAr%2B8wZ5vQbLTczZHqvpj5dH6ceOni8J3qmgZu6B7HPtmtRSh3liB4Bceya4r6bgt7Hun9mtM%2BFPcjOiVrmJZXmemWKnsednw2Q%3D%3D&prvtof=xjrTXwchHaVL%2BUf32HNg%2BrxOBffsFN1Lkm7UUA%3D%3D&cifr=1


Upon research, we've found that the blogs affected were knowingly using a script provided by Blogoholic, and some portion of the script was apparently discontinued. That causes the URL reference (quoted above) to redirect to the Blogoholic web site itself.

In cases where the Blogoholic code was installed in a HTML / JavaScript gadget, the cure for the problem is to simply delete the gadget with the bad code. One blogger, however, had installed the code directly into his template, and reported more complications.
I can't do his solution (remove the bad code) because you have to go to 'Layout' to get to 'Edit HTML', and the redirect to that other website occurs when I double-click on 'Layout', too.


In the latter case, the "Edit HTML" wizard can be accessed easily, by finding out the blogID, then referencing the "Edit HTML" wizard directly by URL. Once in the "Edit HTML" wizard, it's not terribly difficult to find and remove the offending code.

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1 comment:

melissa said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! My blog was being directed to searchacross/blogholic, and it's all fixed now because of you!
Thank you!