This is so weird and random that I have a problem explaining it fully. Since yesterday, those behaviors started:

Some pages in Chrome are be always redirected to:


If I open the same page right now in another browser, or even private browsing in Chrome, it works. Some websites, after some time, just stop being reachable. Even with ping. For example, Facebook. I had it open and using ten minutes ago, and now a tracert says

Unable to resolve target system name www.facebook.com

On Firefox it starts a search on Yahoo with the website as subject.

I have right now a stream going and it doesn't have any problem, unless I refresh the page. Disabling and re-enabling the connection seems to solve the issue for some time, on some websites.

I tried changing the DNS to Google DNS to no avail. I have the firewall on, and Avast running all time.

Let's take the example of twitch.tv, which is a website I can never reach on normal Chrome, but I can reach on private browsing Chrome and Firefox.

If I ping it, I get a timeout. If I do a tracert this is what I get:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms
  2    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms
  3    20 ms    19 ms    19 ms  2-234-97-1.ip222.fastwebnet.it []
  4    19 ms    18 ms    18 ms
  5     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  6     *        *        *     Request timed out.

By pure chance, I disabled the Avast! Shield, and what I got was a redirection to a page that permitted me to identify the virus as a ransomware. A variation of Trojan.Ransomlock

The page shows a fake "police" page:

Screenshot of fake police ransom page

Apparently Avast was intercepting and blocking the redirect, so what I got was "Error 324 NO DATA RECEIVED" from Chrome. Still can't explain the kind of behaviour.

I'm on Windows 7.

  • well, now when it redirects me, it's redirecting to law-enforcement-jjc.s1.lv/js which makes me think more of a virus. Still, can't find any info and my av is drawing blanks....
    – Duralumin
    Jul 18 '14 at 19:41
  • and back to system-check-zagcqrhq.in
    – Duralumin
    Jul 18 '14 at 20:05
  • Do you get the same issues when using a different browser?
    – and31415
    Jul 19 '14 at 9:47
  • @Arjan it's in the system for sure, but it's quite hard to eradicate. Going to reinstall today.No, chrome doesn't give any warning, just a 324, but I'm sure it's because of the antivirus. The problem with finding it out was because of the erratic behavior.
    – Duralumin
    Jul 21 '14 at 12:20
  • @Arjan Ah, sorry for the misunderstanding. I was sure it was a ransomware because the page i got redirected to was a fake police (Carabinieri, actually) page asking me to pay a fine. (screenshot not mine) : i61.tinypic.com/k4gvtk.jpg
    – Duralumin
    Jul 21 '14 at 12:35

Yes, we had the problem in Italy on the last days: primary DNS server on router/modem modified to -> ransomware (javascript) downloaded from this same server by any device on the LAN and multiple sites and services blocked.

See also http://www.tomshw.it/forum/network/428865-dns-del-ruoter-che-cambia-solo-2.html?s=04f2682c7d0ab269bc6a9342980b64d4

Solution to be confirmed : change password on router/update firmware + change DNS servers on router to those of Google + clear browser data (reset)

  • We just had a very similar issue in New Zealand. Our router's primary DNS address had been set (hacked) to The secondary address had the original primary address ( The router is a TP-Link ADSL 2+ Router. We too saw the "police" ad a few weeks ago. Nov 29 '14 at 0:08

It definitely sounds like some kind of malware.

  • Check your browser extensions. In Chrome it's the hamburger menuToolsExtensions. First, try to disable all of them and check if that strange behavior persists. If not, enable them one by one, each time checking if the redirection still happens. This way you'll be able to track it down to a specific extension. Rogue extension will very likely pretend to be something useful, don't trust them.

  • Check your proxy settings: hamburger menu → Settings → scroll down → Show advanced settingsNetwork section, Change proxy settings. A new window will open. Click the LAN settings button and make sure Use a proxy server for your LAN is unchecked.

  • Run malware scan. Malwarebytes Antimalware and SpyBot Search & Destroy are well-known malware removal tools. Note that the malware may attempt to prevent you from downloading antimalware tools, so you may have to use another device to download those files. Scans should preferably be ran in Safe mode.

Those are just some basic steps. If those won't suffice, we have an entire question dedicated to fighting viruses and malware.

  • Just to put things in context, (and it's my fault for not saying so) I'm a programmer and I consider myself a somewhat experienced user with some 20 years of PC usage, some of which spent providing tech assistance. Plus, being a Web Developer I know some about Chrome and browsers.
    – Duralumin
    Jul 21 '14 at 14:17
  • ...but did you try, @Duralumin? Nothing in your question or comments indicate you even ran any malware scan?
    – Arjan
    Jul 21 '14 at 16:44
  • Yes, sorry, i thought that, having identified the precise kind of ransomware, it was implicit that I did run a scan. I did a full scan on reboot with Avast, did a full scan with YAC and Microsoft Security Essentials.
    – Duralumin
    Jul 22 '14 at 6:59

Take a backup of your documents and personal stuff, format the harddrive and reinstall Windows 7. That is the easiest and safest solution.


I got the same problem yesterday on a Galaxy Note 3 with Chrome. Clearing the app data helped for me.

More details:

Every website I went to redirected to this url with an error

system-check-elotpdux.in/js?t=sjdhehdjsjdi (long string)

The page says "not found"

Before the redirect there's actually another one to an IP:

I tried a different wifi network and it still happened. I also tried https:// SSL sites and it didn't redirect. I tried incognito tab and it didn't redirect.

I noticed that the system-check-elotpdux URL was quoted on a Thai forum with someone experiencing the same problem. It was only when I searched for "system-check chrome redirect" did I find this post, which mentions a different domain, system-check-fyeltkhn.in. I am in Thailand so I suspect the redirect URL is being geo targeted.

I had installed camera360 app and I noticed in the comments on the store that a users AV detected malware. Uninstalling and rebooting phone didn't work.

AVG scan did not show anything. I also installed addons detector and airpush detector and it didn't find anything.

I updated to the latest version of Chrome and this did not fix it.

I installed Firefox and this was not affected by the redirect.

It was only when I cleared the Chrome app data that the redirect went away.

I am very worried how this managed to do this to Chrome. It was as if the cache was infected with a trojan JS file. But I can't figure it out. This means either Android or Chrome has a security flaw somewhere.

Hope this answer helps people.

If you know what the exploit is or any more info please post. Thanks.

  • an Italian website said that the virus hits the router, but I don't think that's possible, as I didn't have any problem with the other pc (with Ubuntu) even while using chrome.
    – Duralumin
    Jul 21 '14 at 12:33
  • 2
    Also, if it were related to a router, it couldn't be solved by clearing the Chrome data on ian's mobile device, @Duralumin.
    – Arjan
    Jul 21 '14 at 13:52
  • Seeing that Italian website now, I might have been wrong about a router not causing this. Be sure to see the accepted answer, Ian.
    – Arjan
    Jul 27 '14 at 13:43

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