How To Remove The Google Redirect Virus - Permanently
1) You click on any/most search results and find yourself redirected to another site that is not in anyway related to desired destination.
2) The page you land on is most likely a shopping site, advert site or another unknown search engine. You may see this same page repeatedly when doing searches.
3) This can affect either one search engine such as Google or can affect multiple search providers. The redirect may be very specific and only affect you on one specific part of the search engine such as Google Images or a local search site such as www.google.co.uk (United Kingdom)
4) It is possible that your machine is running slower than normal and in some cases you may see pesky pop ups and other strange happenings.
5) The virus can affect multiple browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox etc.
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1) The most common cause is visiting an infected website and downloading (possibly without your knowledge) a trojan/virus that changes settings and rewrites code on your browser.
2) File sharing with friends either legally or illegally can spread the virus.
3) Email attachments from unknown senders often carry an malicious payload.
4) Criminals will use several different vectors of attack and will often share knowledge with each other.
5) Using outdated software or not updating regularly is just inviting an infection.
There are two primary purposes of redirect viruses:
1) To direct you to search engines/shopping sites so someone can earn commision on any goods you purchase.
2) To direct you to other sites which contain more viruses etc.
There are hundreds of redirect virus variants on the web now and most anti-virus software will only protect you from a limited number of them.
There is no single "Google Redirect Virus" as such, just a ton of variants.
Removal of the Redirect Virus
The removal of the Google Redirect Virus you have on your system can be tricky as there are so many variants, it is impossible to recommend a single product as some work while some don't.
Below is a list of malware removers that go above and beyond your usual product (Norton/McAfee).
Please read this entire hub before attempting to download and use any product listed here.
Hitman Pro - I have seen many people claim this was the "one" that removed the virus.
Microsoft Security Essentials The full scan can take several hours but I have seen a reasonable number of people claim it worked.
ComboFix Please ensure you seek professional guidance before using this product as it is very powerful and may delete genuine settings as well as malware. Always back up the computer before running this.
Malwarebytes I have seen three people claim this product worked and I have this installed on my p.c, without any issues.
Spybot Search and Destroy, Spyware Doctor and Adaware are all well known products that may work.
How to use a malware remover/virus scanner
First - Please do not go around the web downloading one random program after another as there are some nasties out there that will do more harm than good.
Personally I would never download anything I came across after clicking on an advert.
If you do decide to try any of the programs I have listed here please read my disclaimer at the bottom of the page and also ensure you do the following:
1) Back up your pc! Seriously, at least back up your most important files.
2) During set up you may be asked to pin the program to the start menu, just select "no" . Too many programs at pc start up will slow the computer down.
3) After you have installed a program, run an update and conducted a full scan make sure you uninstall the program afterwards, you do not want too many virus/malware programs running at once as you will most likely notice a performance issue or program conflict.
Seeking 1-1 help
If you cannot remove the damn thing by using the general products I have listed above then you may need to seek 1-1 help from a professional. There are many forums on the web that offer free assistance, if they help you to remove the virus it is usually customary to offer a donation.
Here is a limited list:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/ (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware)
http://forums.spybot.info/ (Spybot Search & Destroy)
I have seen two people claim that a redirect virus was located in their internet router software rather than on the primary computer files.
This is possible but for most users is unlikely to be the case. I would first try the malware removers here and possibly seek advice from a dedicated forum before assuming it's a router issue.
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