I am using a 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 and up-to-date versions of Firefox and Chromium.
Couple of days ago some webpages went crazy. But, ok, that kind of stuff happens. Neverheless, I am unable to open certain for two days or so. Now I am getting suspicious. When I search something on Google or anywhere else, I get normal results. But when I try to open one of the offered links - Firefox takes me to a blank page. Literally - blank page, just white. Nothing happens, no error messages, just white. Now, yesterday and today it happens even for the big guys - Wikipedia and so.
Last night I started looking for a solution. Then - a new moment. When I would click a link (not all of them, only some) it would take me to some Linkbucks thing and offer me to Download something. If I try to leave, it asks me to Stay on Page and so on. It's really annoying - This morning my deadline on Coursera passed - I couldn't do my assignments the whole week!
Now, I see that this is not an isolated issue, there are many cases, but - almost all of them on Windows... I couldn't find much help for Ubuntu. So I tried what is already said there. Reset the PC, reset Firefox, actual reset of Firefox to default settings, unninstall Firefox, reinstall Firefox, disabled all the extensions, disabled all the plugins, deleted history, cookies and everything else - zip, nada, zero, nothing - it still takes me to Linkbucks... I restarted my network adapter, my network service, deleted all the stuff from /etc/hosts except for localhost - nothing but Linkbucks.
What is said for Firefox - is the same for Chromium.
Please, could you try to help me here. Thank you for your time.