The Google Redirect Virus Removal: Yes You Can Remove It

The infamous Google Redirect Virus: You click a search result link and it takes you somewhere else. Regardless of where you browse, where you search the browser will constantly redirect you to a different website. Most of the people infected with this virus will say “My browser keeps redirecting me. It’s driving me insane.” There is a solution so please don’t panic. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and you will be able to search the internet normally again.

The Google Redirect Virus is a trojan infection which runs undetected in the background of your computer processes. It alters certain files on your computer in order to redirect you to a set number of websites on google results, regardless of where you clicked. The website in which you are redirected to is typically littered with ads. The ads are meant to make money for the trojan creator.

Google Redirect Virus Removal

Follow these simple steps and you may be able to fix your computer. If not, please try the free virus scanner at the bottom of the article.

Step 1: Open Notepad

Click the start button, all programs, accessories and open Notepad.

Google Redirect Virus Notepad Icon

Step 2: Locate Hosts File

In Notepad, click File, Open and browse to this directory on your computer: c:Windowssystem32driversetc

Google Redirect Virus Hosts File Location

Step 3: Open Hosts File

Once you have navigated to c:Windowssystem32driversetc , right above the cancel button you will see a “text documents” or “file type” dropdown. Click it and select All Files (*.*). You should now see a file called “hosts” without a file extension. Open “hosts”.

Google Redirect Virus Hosts File

Step 4: Edit Hosts File

With the hosts file now open, highlight EVERYTHING inside the hosts file and delete it so it is blank. Copy and paste the below code into the hosts file. localhost
::1 localhost
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Step 5: Save Hosts File

After pasting the new code into the hosts file, save it in Notepad so the the hosts file has this new code. Remember: The hosts file should not have a file extension (no .txt), just save it how you opened it, as All Files (*.*).

Google Redirect Virus Notepad Save Hosts File

How to remove the Google Redirect Virus

Virus Lab Recommended Procedure
Removal success rating: 93.3%

1. Click the yellow button above. (keep clicking until the download starts)
2. Download and run the .exe file.
3. Install and perform the free virus scan.

Having trouble?
Can’t get the .exe file to open or run?
Can’t save the installer .exe to your computer?
Can’t access the internet on your infected computer?
Can’t download the .exe when you click the yellow button?

Find more help at the Advanced Troubleshooting Page.

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