There is a nasty computer virus going around that is commonly known as the Google redirect virus. Basically, this annoying virus will prevent you from loading and viewing the web pages that you attempt to go to on your browser. That is not all, though. This redirect virus will also direct you to fake websites and can even bring up fake error messages on your computer screen, which causes further trouble for the user. The computer virus can easily infect your browser, especially if you are using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. In this article, we will explain what exactly the Google search redirect virus does in more detail. If you’re the impatient sort, though, here’s a link to the tool we recommend.
What is the Google redirect virus?
We touched on this in the opening paragraph but now we will go a little more in depth. This is not your everyday virus. In fact, it is one of the most difficult viruses to get rid of.
This virus is known as a Trojan horse. Basically, a Trojan is a form of malware that forces the infected computer to perform actions that the user does not want to do. This particular redirect virus hijacks the user’s browser and forces them to visit unwanted sites. This in turn benefits the virus creator at the expense of the user and their infected computer. Want to know if you’re actually infected?
There are two variations of this search engine redirect virus:
The TDSS Trojan will create a hidden file which will change the way windows handles redirects. The hidden file or settings will then take you to their chosen site as opposed to the site you are trying to get to.
The generic virus is similar to the TDSS Trojan with the exception that it alters the settings on your computer rather than creating a hidden file. With either version of the virus, the result will be the same.
But I have an anti-virus program!
I am sorry to say that is not enough. The browser redirect virus is not identifiable by any of the top anti-virus programs. This is exactly why this virus is such a problem. To remove it completely, you have to get to the core of the virus and get rid of it from there.
This virus does not leave any footprints that anti-virus software can pick up on. Normally, a virus will leave traces on your system which makes it easy for the anti-virus software to pick up on. This virus attacks your computer, makes its changes and leaves before your system or anti-virus program can fight it off.
The two variations we mentioned above only adds to the problem. Popular anti-virus programs have even more difficulty locating the source of the problem because of the multiple variations.
So how do I remove the Google search redirect virus?
There are several ways to remove this attack on your computer. Some may work, others may not. It all depends on your system and the type of virus you were infected with. Regardless, if you are not very computer savvy, you may find it difficult to perform any of the rather detailed methods doing it by yourself. The most effective and easiest way to remove the Google redirect virus is to locate the central root of the virus and get rid of it. Sadly, it has not easy to find such a method.
Why do I have to “locate the central root of the virus”?
Like we said, there are other solutions that will work, but they won’t work for both variations of the virus. If you try other means of removing the redirect virus, you may have to try 3, 4 or more times before you finally give up out of frustration. That is a lot of wasted time and effort. Locating the source of the virus first will ensure that you are eliminating the problem no matter which variation it is.
The Google redirect virus is a popular Trojan horse that will frustrate you to no end. It pretty much prevents you from accessing your internet by hijacking your computer and doing with it what it wants. This virus will not go away with a browser switch or running your anti-virus software.
Find out how to eliminate the virus from your computer once and for all and finally get back to the good old days when your computer and browser were running smoothly.