Brief background: I consider myself a relatively paranoid power-user, if not an absolute pro. I regularly update my AV and keep up with all the latest updates on my Windows 7 machine. But what happened today surprised me for the first time.
Today morning at around 13:30 India time, I opened www.google.com in my Firefox 32 browser. But instead, my browser forwarded me here:
WARNING!! POTENTIAL MALICIOUS SITE:
Tried with IE 11, the same result.
Then I did a
ping www.google.com and browsed using that IP address instead. It worked and took me to Google India site.
I then opened the
.co.in instead of
.com site, that too worked!
I went to a vm inside VirtualBox (Ubuntu/Firefox) and browsed from there instead. That too worked!
At this point, I disconnected my machine from internet and ran a complete AV scan. It came up clean. Then I tried the only logical thing that occurred to me: Clearing the browser cache for google.com domain. I did it on IE and lo! it started working. On Firefox, I didn't have to do that either, it started working on its own (though I don't understand why).
After that brief anomaly, I faced no issues until now. So what do you hackers make of this situation? Could it be a malware issue or something from my ISP end?