Effective removal of Google Redirect virus

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Google Redirect virus is a system hijacker that each of you can have deal with. So, what exactly does the virus do? It does not infect your system and give you some fake information about it. When users try to enter some links they want Google Redirect virus can simply ‘send’ them to another sites. And what kind of sites would it be, we cannot know. It can be both bad sites and some sites with no malicious content. So, the virus can redirect you to the sites you do not know anything about. It can be links related to extremely explicit activities, links with the viruses. That is how you can catch some badware just by entering the link. The hackers have created such kind of virus with one goal. Every time you enter to the suspicious sites there is a possibility for your system to be infected. Google Redirect can also ‘send’ you to the sites which are not dangerous, as we have already told you. In this case you will be receive some pop-ups, advertisement and the other stuff which is not the thing you have been looking for. It will just annoy you.

Moreover, this virus is used with the aim of purchasing something in the web. Some pages might force you to buy something, to spend your money in an inappropriate way. Google Redirect virus can also fools people, trick them into the installing of some rogue programs. Keep in mind that this virus has nothing in common with Google. As usual, developers try to ‘hide’ the true nature of their malicious programs. So, in order to keep your computers safe and your browsers clean from this malicious program, you need to eliminate it. And the sooner you do that the sooner you will be able to search what you really want. Though you are redirected to the links with a safe content, the virus is dangerous and needs to be removed. You cannot always hope that the next time you will enter good site. Below you can find the information about how you can remove Google Redirect virus from your PC safe and easy.

Google Redirect Virus removal milestones:

  • Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  • Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus
  • Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  • Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  • Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  • Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  • Consider using CCleaner to delete unwanted system/temp files and browser cache
  • The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  1. Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  2. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Internet Options.
    Windows XP Example:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 Example:

    b) Click on “Connections” tab, then click “LAN settings” button.

    c) Uncheck (untick) the checkbox under “Proxy server” option and hit OK.

  3. Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus:
  4. a) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel).
    b) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
    c) Right-click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.

    d) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.

    e) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

  5. Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  6. a) Go to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.
    b) Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad.

    c) The “hosts” file should look the same as in the image below. There should be only one line: 127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes. Read more about Windows Hosts file here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

    You may also reset your HOSTS file settings using the Tool of GridinSoft Trojan Killer application as shown at the picture below:

  7. Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  8. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

    b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.

  9. Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  10. a) Download the file TDSSKiller.zip and extract it into a folder
    b) Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe.
    c) Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press “Y” key to restart your computer.

    More detailed TDSSKiller tutorial: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

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  11. Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  12. The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  13. Keep in mind that this step is optional and should be completed only if you have followed all the above recommendations and you still have the redirect virus on your computer. First of all, please follow this guide: How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings. Then you should flush DNS cache:
    a)Go to Start->Run (or WinKey+R) and type in “cmd” without quotation marks.

    b) In a new window please type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotation marks and press Enter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you require any help on our part of if you experience any difficulties. We hope that this information has been beneficial to you.

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