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Google Redirect Virus
May 29th, 2012

Google Redirect Virus

The Google Redirect virus is not really a virus term. What I mean by that is yes you are infected with a virus that is redirecting your searches and webpages but that is not the real threat to the computer. In most cases this is a sign of a much bigger issue.

The purpose of this guide is to walk you through the exact steps you need to take to remove whatever virus you are infected with and to also clear resolve your issue of the re-direct.

Cleaning out the Proxy aka DNS

This video shows you what you need to do. You can also just read the manual steps as well


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For Internet Explorer and Chrome

Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools >Internet Options > Connections Tab > LAN settings > Un-check the Proxy Server Box

For Firefox

Open Firfox > Click the Drop Box and Select options > Under the Advanced tab select Network > Select the Settings Button > Check the dialog box that says No proxy.

You should now be able to surf the web again. However your searches may still be re-directing you. This is normally caused by the Hosts file being infected. We need to take action to repair the Hosts file.

Hosts File issue

A great tool to use that is free is this Hosts Fix tool from Microsoft you can download it at : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

Try to run the tool and see if that resolved the issue.

If not read our How to Fix Hosts File guide. No need to re-peat ourselves. This guide covers steps for both XP and Vista/Windows 7

Other Tips

After you run the above you should install a antivirus client to run a full scan on your computer. Personally I recommend Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. It is also able to resolve the Goole redirect virus issue you are having. You need to run a full scan to get to the root of the problem.

Additional Programs

In some cases users may be infected with a Rootkit threat that is very hard to remove. Spyware Doctor with Antivirus does have a Rootkit killing tool that works. However you can only use it in the paid version. Some other programs that are free can help resolved these kinds of issues.

TDSSKiller: You can download this tool from the Kaspersky website here http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363

Combofix: This tool is hosted on bleepingcomputers. Works great at removing stubborn malware. Be sure to backup all your data first just in case something goes wrong. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/

If nothing is working for you then feel free to ask your questions below.  If you are more comfortable having a pro take a look at your computer and doing the repair then we recommend pcninja.com


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