Google Redirect Virus Removal With The Norton Power Eraser

This is what the Tidserv virus looks like......I think
This is what the Tidserv virus looks like......I think
I almost caught it you know.....it's true I tell you!
I almost caught it you know.....it's true I tell you!

What is the Google Redirect Virus?


The Google redirect virus also called the Backdoor Tidserv, Tidserv, TDSS and Alureon redirects you to a totally different, usually irrelevant, webpage every time or at least most of the times you click a Google link.

Don't be alarmed, Google did not create this virus or has anything to do with it. The Tidserv or Backdoor Tidserv was created by those mad computer geeks with nothing better to do.

Believe it or not, there are people out there whose sole purpose is to wreak havoc on other computers. These people think of means and ways to hack or create viruses that will cause your computer harm. Thankfully there are companies like Norton who finds ways to neutralize these viruses.

My Experience

Some time ago, I encountered a problem that whenever I try to click a link from Google I was redirected to another site. Mostly that redirect was to Yahoo search, so I thought this was normal, because when I tried again I would get to the webpage I wanted in the first place. The problem of redirecting me got worst lately but still I never knew I had a problem until I was researching stuff on the internet and found a website with information about the virus.

I still was not convinced and went on my merry way until a few days afterwards I was trying to update one of my blogs and couldn't browse at all. Even clicking my email link would send me somewhere else. That day I was so frustrated, but I tried and tried. I eventually got through to one of the sites telling me about the virus.

The answer came along and I tried it and I haven't had the problem since.


Do you really want this to happen to your poor computer?
Do you really want this to happen to your poor computer?

The Solution

What this virus was designed to do is take you to a fraudulent website with bad or fake links to nonexistent products. It was designed to help make these people money by you buying these "products" especially software, by giving them your credit card information. A secondary reason for this redirect is for taking you to a threat site where other viruses might latch on to your system. The fact is this is not something to leave unattended.

Norton Power Eraser is designed to remove such threats from your system. I am a cautious person so I did not use the link from the website I went directly to the Norton website and downloaded the tool. In less than half hour my computer was back to normal. Read carefully whatever warning that comes with the down load. The Norton Power Eraser also sources any other threats that your computer may have. You don't have to be infected by this particular virus to use the tool. I would suggest running a scan just to make sure. Download the Norton Power Eraser through the blue link above.


Suggestion

  • Have a firewall like Zone Alarm installed on your system. This will alert you about threats whenever you visit a website or when someone tries to hack your computer. It also blocks access from unknown sources and will only allow computers that you allow to connect to you.
  • Use a secure Browser like Chrome or Firefox. These browsers are very secure and sometimes alert you when you enter a website that has threats.
  • Scan your computer often for viruses, worms and Trojans
  • Be careful what you download. You must be aware of attachments to downloads. Sometimes a software or game comes with an add-on when you download. This can affect your system and cause problems.

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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Thanks Cardisa. Your hub was extremely useful. I hate this silly and dangerous stuff coming up all the time. So thanks for the hads up.

PS What do you mean by clicking the +1 button.


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good hub, Cardisa. I already have Norton so I guess I'm "assuming" all/most viruses are being taken care of.

Yeah, it must be nice to have so much time/money that one can sit around creating viruses to bother other people.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have not encountered this as of yet but thanks for the warning. I used to use Norton and had to get rid of it as for some reason it really did not work all that well for me and I was always running into problems with it. I now just use the virus software provided to me through Bell and have been quite happy with it.


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blondey 5 years ago

@Maralexa, the +1 button appears at the top of the page on the right of the tweet and fb like buttons (small) It seems to be a new thing. If you click it, everyone who knows you will see that you liked the article.

Great hub! Glad to know this.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Cardisa! Amazing information and very helpful. I just picked up my computer yestersday from Tech Responders who had to clean up "many nasty viruses" my system had. Several days ago...last Sat. am...it just would not open up and/or would not stay on the page I wanted...kept on bouncing back and forth to different sites and then, finally,would not open up, at all....After 2 days and $200.; the problem is fixed...and all is back to normal but...I shall keep this hub bookmarked for further (and less expensive!!) corrections in the future. thank you. UP Useful and Interesting


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I have heard of this virus. I will bookmark this for later use.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Maralexa, the +1 button is the button at the top right of the Facebook like button, right under the title. This button recommends your site to Google. The more likes you get is the more Google is likely to rank your page.

Thanks for the comment. I hope your computer gets the help it needs.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi James, I think the Norton Internet security might have taken care of any threats.

These guys make money, some even from the government. Did you know that they make hacker viruses. The banks and other companies with sensitive information uses viruses to prevent hackers from entering their system. When a hacker tries to enter the bank files a virus attaches itself to their port. These are the same people creating these viruses.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

That good Susan. But this virus attaches itself to the Google search files at first. Because all the software, even, Google is saved on your computer it will eventually affect other software on your system.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Blondey girl, happy to see you!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Sorry about that Lucky Cats. Wish we had known about this sooner, could have saved you some money because the cleaning tool is free.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

I hope your computer never gets the virus Flora, it's a nasty thing!


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Thanks for the explanation. I'm going to try it again.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Oh but did you read that agreement on G-mail. I would highly suspect Google too, they base ads at your email depending on what you say in your emails??? They also can shut you down at anytime without cause and I would hate to lose my files. Voted it up, great info and loved that last picture! lol That is how 2 out of 3 of ours always should look based on how they act. I will check into this for sure.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Yes, I know about the ads. But I highly doubt they created a virus to divert us away from their own links.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

Cardisa,

I used the Norton Eraser as I too am having computer troubles but my system can up clean. Great hub though I appreciated having the resource.

JT


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi JT, I am glad it helped. This virus is so annoying.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

No but still if they are sending in ads people based on what you talk about and do in your email, I consider that very evasive meaning they could do anything they wanted to without making you aware and everyone has to agree to that, but someone there already has my name-go figure-but that could be a good thing if others think it is me, lol. Hope it doesn't offend you but I don't trust Google, that is why I stopped having ads here at hubs except ones they make me. I wrote my butt off for almost a year, had well over 500 at one time and was even voted in the top ten writers for some type contest although I didn't win, still a compliment and I had made a dime! So I quit but they won't take my account number down or let me cancel it out although I can look right at it, they say it isn't there! Maybe I just take things more seriously than others, but I like my freedoms which are quickly disappearing.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

I am certainly not offended Polly. Google has it's bread buttered on all sides...lol meaning they are already rich, we on the other hand are just trying to get by. Sorry to hear about your bout with HP, I hope to make some money here...HP only opened up the Ads program three months after I joined so maybe you didn't earn anything because they only had a few people they invited into it. I am hoping to make some money here, the hubs they wont let ads be displayed on I took them off and placed in my blogs and Google has no problem with them so far.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Viruses like the one you describe, confirm why I've always owned Apple computers. So far so good. Never had a computer virus.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

It goes to show how flawed Microsoft is Green Lotus. No one as yet to hack a Mac or Apple computer. Maybe if Gates wasn't so dishonest when he stole the original software when their relationship fell apart his OS would have been more secure.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Cardisa, you always have great info. to share with us. Thank you my friend.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Ruby!


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Cardi,

its so nice that you write useful pieces like this I had no idea what evil lurked on the internet...well besides the obvious stuff

TH


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Tom, I do sometimes get out of my comfort zone and come up with more than just fiction.....lol


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Momma Mia 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks so much for the valuable tip!

wishingUwell

Mia


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Momma Mia!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Please, not another virus! Wish there was "virus-police" out there to stop those starting it! LOL Thanks for the tip.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

LOL...I too wish there was a virus police too.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Cool deal ,Ms.Cardisa , thanks !:) Voted up ,useful,interesting :) have a blessed evening:)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Blessing to you too my friend. Loooove your poetry, can't wait to read more!


Gencho 4 years ago

Great Article! Here is one useful and easy tool which you can use:

http://tinyurl.com/6qlatxe


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Gencho. Have a great day.

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