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Google Web History Trends is showing URLs such as the following for 4 out of 10 of my Top Clicks (including the top 2):

I have never seen nor visited sites like this, indeed a WHOIS search shows that none of these domain names have ever been registered.

Should I check for infection by a botnet (perhaps attempting to access update URLs), or is Google just going haywire?

(Web searches for terms such as "ocean2-*.org" turn up almost no results except an unanswered question at http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=5797241256dbfcee)

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After doing a bit of poking around, this is the best explanation I found:

If you use a google books search and click the star next to the book found in google web history the notebook loads something akin to the follow:

God and Reason in the Middle Ages ocean2-125956.org/page/0.volume

Presumably the URL is of some internal form and produces a Server not Found error. As I am trying to create a set of bookmarks for students to access material published via google books, this is a...

From http://markmail.org/message/ckxshtvbqs2yoonm

**Edit: Here are a couple more links to backup the previous theory.

Basically, you have a Google Books result (H. H. Richardson: Complete Architectural Works), with the (possibly internal) URL (http://ocean2-7300440.org/page/0.volume)

Link 1
Link 2

Anapologetos

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FYI, SF is messing up the final two links... –  Josh Brower Jun 6 '09 at 23:46
    
Fixed the borked links, hope you don't mind. –  Adam Gibbins Jun 7 '09 at 1:46
    
no problem, thanks! –  Josh Brower Jun 7 '09 at 2:19
    
Sounds reasonable. I wonder why there are so few mentions of this online. Thanks for taking the time to reply :) –  user8568 Jun 10 '09 at 23:36

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