Google Redirect Virus Getting Bigger. How to Deal with this Infection?
Google Redirect Virus appeared in world wide web in early 2011. Since then it have caused a huge amount of problems for regular PC users and IT experts. Being complicated, Google Redirect Virus should be scanned with reputable Antivirus software, however in most cases the infection can be removed by using quality anti-spyware software.
Google Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker which aims at Google search engine results with a purpose to redirect people to bogus websites. If you’re infected, you may be redirected to porn websites, gambling websites with a lot of advertising banners, etc. Most often you might be pushed into purchasing something useless or reveal your bank account details. Therefore Google Redirect Virus a high-level threat and should be considered as a high-level threat. Please follow our ste-by-step removal guide for the infection.
Step 1. Check your hosts file for any malicious entries.
Hosts file is located in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, please open hosts file with administrative privileges. Google Redirect Virus symptoms are malicous entries however they can be easily removed. Here is how a clean hosts file should look like:
If you notice any additional lines with unknown IPs, you should delete them and re-save your hosts file.
Step 2. Check DNS (Domain Name Server) settings
Domain name servers are used for determination of what server is accessed when users open website addresses. If these settings are highjacked, your search results can be easily redirected.
1. Go to Control Panel->Network Connections and select your local network.
2. Right-click your local network icon and select Properties.
3. A window will open, then select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties.
4. Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.
5. Click OK to save changes.
Step 3. Check your proxy settings on Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Tools -> Internet Options, Connections tab. Click ‘LAN Settings’
3. Unselect everything or enter parameters that were given by system administrator.
4. Press OK.
Step 4. Check your proxy settings on Mozilla Firefox (Optional)
1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
2. Tools -> Options. Press Advanced and open Network tab. Then, press Settings button.
3. Select ‘No proxy’ or enter parameters that were given by system administrator.
4. Press OK.
Step 5. In order to detect and remove Google Redirect Virus, download SpyHunter anti-spyware software
Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
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Step 6. Click Run or Open and install the application by following the on-screen instructions (How to Install)
Step 7. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Step 8. After scanning, click Fix Threats button
Note: download size is 0.7 MB. Trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version for 39.99 USD.
If you’re still infected with Google Redirect Virus after taking the mentioned steps, try to scan your computer with Kaspersky TDSSKiller.