Hello and welcome to JustAnswer,
Does your friend design websites?
Google FriendConnect is a gadget which allows website designers to add registered communities to their websites.
You can read more here:http://www.google.com/friendconnect/
No he does not. Could he have just joined one of those communities?
For example, can I get on Friend Connect without have a page of my own?
FriendConnect is a service used by websites to host communities, so yes, if he was using a community website, this may have left the trail on your computer.
Can you further explain what you mean by 'communities'? What type of community was used in he URL I provided?
And what if he wasn't using a community; how would the trail have been left on my computer? In other words, he is saying that he does not remember going to any community site...Would there be any explanation for how they 'randomly' appeared in my history? Thanks.
I would be willing to pay more (up to $30) if you can provide more detail as to what you know about the specific URL I provided in my original question.
"Communites" are online groups which have restricted members, requiring users to log in to participate.
Special software is required by the websites to manage the many user accounts.
The particular URL you have provided is related to the Google-owned online Blogging community, www.blogger.com, which appears to have been accessed through your computer.
Your friend may have inadvertently clicked on a link and arrived on a blog page which requested him to log in.
You say that this is all over your history now.. how many incidences are there?
When did this URL last appear in your history? Is it still appearing now?
One possible cause of this appearing could be malware, where your computer has been infected with a virus which is automatically visiting these sites.
Can you ensure your anti-virus software is updated and running.
You should also scan for malware. www.malwarebytes.org has an excellent free version of anti-malware software available.
I am installing the Malware check now. Thank you for the tip.
Last question: is there any way for you to tell what the blogging community in this case was related to? I.E. what was the topic of the blog? Is there any way for me to access it or not since the URL is inactive at this point?
The blog has now been removed, so it is not possible to see what content was posted on it.
The URL of the blog was http://dfghfbfgh.blogspot.com and the name of the blog was dfghfbfgh, which is a random jumble of letters and makes me more inclined to think that the activity is malware-related.
The Malware scan is still in process, but several infected objects have already been found... So would you say it is safe to assume that this 'community blog' was generated by these viruses and now by my friend visiting the site?
*not by my friend visiting the site?
Yes, I have come across this before where malware will infect a computer and use it to automatically post spam advertising or just plain gibberish on blogging sites and other websites. That's likely why the blog no longer exists - because it contained spam advertising or gibberish.
Thank you for all of your help!