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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

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

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

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...


**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 (

Link 1
Link 2


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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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