Google redirect is a huge problem for computer user which results in continuous redirections to random pages having nothing in common with user’s search query. According to experts, it is closely connected to trojan which is designed specifically to make the money – it generates web traffic, collects sales, leads for other suspicious sites and tries to fool the victim into paying for useless software. As you can see, having Google redirect virus on your computer means lots of serious problems that can be avoided only by removing this threat from the system.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH GOOGLE REDIRECT VIRUS?
Google redirect virus is mostly caused by a multi-faceted threat variously called TDSS, Alureon or Tidserv. As soon as this backdoor threat gets inside the machine, it makes user’s web-surfing ability restricted and disconnects him from many Internet browsing services. As a result, you are continuously redirected to various sites that are either harmless commercial websites or associated with the cyber threats’ authors and used for malware distribution.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM GOOGLE REDIRECT VIRUS?
If your machine is normally protected by licensed version of anti-spyware and anti-virus programs, you can be calm that there is almost no risk to get Google redirect virus on your PC. However, failing to protect your machine opens the backdoors of the system and makes it vulnerable for this and other cyber threats.
HOW CAN I REMOVE GOOGLE REDIRECT VIRUS?
If you have been suffering from Google redirect virus, follow the steps listed below and make your browser normal again.
Step 1: Scan your computer with updated anti-spyware programs:
Step 2: Check Hosts file for malicious entries
Hosts file is on C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts where Windows is your windows installation directory. On Windows 7/Vista, you should open your hosts file with administrative privileges.
It will look like this: (open the file with Notepad)
Pay attention to lines and IPs: if you see more, delete these, especially if they rewrite google or Microsoft subdomains.
Step 3:? Check Domain Name Server (DNS) settings
1) Go Control Panel-> Network Connections -> select Local Area Connection. Then you should right-click the icon and choose Properties.
2) You should see a window. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties as it is shown in a picture below:
3) New window (Internet Protocol window) will show up. Click? Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Finally, click OK to save the changes:
Step 4: Check your proxy settings:
For Internet Explorer
1) Launch IE, then go Tools ->Internet Options. Click Connections tab and press Local Area Network (LAN) Settings as it is shown is a picture:
2) Unselect everything or enter parameters that were given by system administrator and press OK.
For Mozilla Firefox
1) Launch Mozilla Firefox, then go Tools ->Options. Additionally, press Advanced and open Network tab. Press Settings button.
2) Select No proxy or enter parameters that were given by system administrator and press OK.
For Google Chrome:
1) Click Customize and Control Google Chrome menu -> Options.
2) Now under Google Chrome Options select Under the Hood tab -> Network -> Change proxy settings.
3) Now in the Internet Properties window, click Lan settings button -> Local Area Network (LAN) Settings
4) Uncheck the Use Proxy server for your LAN and click OK.
Step 5: Check your Internet Explorer add-ons:
1) Launch IE, then select Tools->Manage Addons
2) Delete all ad-ons that look spammy/unknown or simple are unverified (there might be some useful ones, but better re-install them after some time).