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Removing Google redirect malware. How to remove Google redirect.
You may have noticed that when you perform a Google search, the link you click on doesn't result in that page being displayed. This is the Google redirect malware. Most virus scanners will never find this program, because it doesn't have virus signatures. It's also important to note, too, that this malware can often affect other search engines. I'm sure it targeted Google moreso, because Google IS THE search engine. The word has become synonymous with searching the Web. "Just Google it".
There are two accepted ways to find and remove the malware that I know of. The first, and most successful is Adware Away. The trial version will find the problem, but you must purchase the full version to eradicate the malware.
Even then, there may still be portions of the program hiding on your machine. This is where Adware Away really shines. When you open the scanner, there are a number of tabs displayed. One of these tabs says "Customizing Removal". Click that tab, run the scan, then copy the results pasted to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I use "Log files" as a subject line. Soon after that, you'll receive an email from a support tech with a downloadable shortcut. Rerun the scan, then insert the custom removal into the repair box. You needn't do anything else, yet. The repair process will start automatically. Restart your computer and check to see if the problem is fixed.
Another method that I've seen, but didn't have the same success with, is the Goored fix. I'm not certain, but I believe this may only work with Firefox. I stopped using MS browsers years ago (sorry, Bill).
Lastly, I know that some people have had success with the following fix, though none worked as well as Adware Away. Since malware is often very tricky, I would try more than one of these solutions. Start with the free stuff first, obviously.