How to Remove Google Redirect Virus?

Google Redirect Virus is a zero access rootkit or Trojan which is one of the most stubborn and most wild-spread Trojan viruses for a couple of years. It earns its name by the most common symptom of the virus infection, that is hijacking main-stream browsers and redirecting the Google, Yahoo, and Bing search to weird unwanted domain. Google Redirect Virus is capable of creating a hidden operating system file and opens the backdoor of the compromised computer.


Google Redirect Virus is potential threat the victim’s privacy because it is also collecting sensitive information from the compromised computer secretly. Google Redirect Virus can be traced back to in early 2008. As time goes on, technology is also improved. Google Redirect Virus has been updated several times throughout its life and it is sufficiently advanced and potentially damaging, thus, keeping updated with latest database for anti-virus program or anti-malware program is essential to secure computer security.


You may not be able to tell zeroaceess rootikit is active unless its related attacks give off visible signals, such as Google redirect, system slowdown or visibly-altered network settings. Once settled on your computer, the rootikit virus gets busy about concealing itself and collect your personal information to send specific advertisement.  Once you get redirected to weird website when you search with Google, Yahoo or Bing, you are supposed to have rootkit Virus resident on your computer. You are highly encouraged to take action immediately to remove the virus. Please read more on following Google Redirect Virus removal guide.


Google Redirect Virus Removal Guide:


Step1, Check LAN(Local Area Network) settings. Go start->Control Panel-> Internet Options (/Network and Share Center->Internet Options for Windows 7)-> Connections, and then click the LAN settings as the following picture displays:

And then unselect the Use a Proxy Server for your LAN on the popping up window as following image:


Step2, Make sure that DNS settings are not changed; Go start->Control Panel->Network Connections->Local Area Network->Properties, you will be prompted to page Local Area Connection Properties page as following picture displays:

Under the General tab, highlight the Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and then click the Properties. A pop up window comes as below:

Then, select the Obtain DNS server address automatically option as the above picture displays.


Step3, Check Windows HOSTS file; To check t he Windows Host files, please go to the folder: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad. The default hosts file should be only one line: localhost in Windows XP and localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes.


Step4, Manage Internet Explorer add-ons. Remove unknown or suspicious add-ons

a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.


Step5. Use TDSSKiller tool to remove malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS


Step6. Download Anvi Smart Defender anti-malware program from below link to kill the malicous threats.


Step7. Remove unnecessary system/temp files and browser cache, you can take Cloud System Booster to remove.


Important Note: You must perform the steps one by one, If you do not check your LAN settings, DNS settings and Hosts file, you may be prevented from connecting Internet to download tools for virus removal. TDSKiller and Anvi Smart Defender can only kill the rootkit virus and any other kind of virus, they are unable to fix the browser hijacker. You need take manual measure (Step1 to Step4) to fix your browser problem.

If you have any problem, welcome to our Anvisoft forum for further discussion on Google Redirect Virus Removal.


Google Redirect Virus Prevention Tips:


Google Redirect Virus mainly spreads via the exploitation of software and system security hole, following tips are highly recommended.

1. Download programs or files only from reputable sources to avoid spyware bundled programs.

2. Keep away from unknown or suspicious website to avoid Trojan code.

3. Keep software or operating system updated with latest patches.

4. Install anti-virus as well as anti-spyware program to fully protect the operating system.

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