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How do you get rid of the Google redirect virus?

Asked by KeithWilson (833 points ) December 14th, 2010

I know this question has been asked before, but I need fresh answers. I got this google redirect virus on my computer that redirects me to ad sites when I try to go to a google link. I have tried Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware and I still have the virus. Is there any way to get rid of this virus? Thank you for your help.

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Odysseus's avatar

uninstall, then reinstall your web browser or just get a new one
Opera is a great browser http://www.opera.com/browser/ , Firefox is ok too.

(remember to download them first before you uninstall your browser or it will be tricky to get online :_)

phoebusg's avatar

2nd vote for Opera <3.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Ummm…..Can you go back to a restore point before you got the virus? If so, I’d try that. If you are kind of savvy you can use Hijackthis it won’t remove them for you but it will point out which executables and registry keys associated with it so you can delete them and rid yourself of the problem. If you want something to do it for you try Spybot or Lavasoft Adware, they seem robust enough to get rid of most nasties I get.

world_hello's avatar

Plug the URL to where it sends you into Google. That will usually turn up lots of forum posts about what is causing the problem. Or post it here and I will do it since it might not give you anything helpful since you are already infected.

poisonedantidote's avatar

If you get desperate, send me a private message, and we can try some remote access to your computer if you like. I have a fair bit of experience removing different viruses manually, by hunting down the files, deleting them, sorting the registry or deactivating dll’s and what not. but it needs intuition and is way to elaborate to explain on here… come to think of it, I dont think I could explain, its just one of those things you need to feel out.

edit: no 100% guarantees btw.

Brian1946's avatar

I was having the same trouble about when I updated to Firefox 3.6.0.
In the past I had to disable JavaScript to avoid the Google redirects.
Now that I’m on Ff 3.6.13, I no longer get the redirects, even with JavaScript enabled.

KeithWilson's avatar

Update: I couldn’t get rid of the virus any other way so I reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled my operating system. The virus is gone.

expert4's avatar

Hi,
If you are an experienced PC user you could try to remove this rogue software by yourself!
This is Removal Guide – Remove Google Redirect Virus

Note: Before removing files, processes, and reg entries reboot your pc in safe mode with network.

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