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I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

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I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

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Basically the Google redirect virus is caused by a trojan with rootkit capability, and so whenever I click on a link on Google, it redirects me to a completely unrelated site. I think I got it on there because of downloading pirated software (patches, cracks, keygens) to avoid paying: so stealing software didn't pay off Smiley Sad

I know you guys aren't specialised in internet security, but can you help?

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

I guess I had this rootkit too. I used a tool called tdsskiller and I think it did the trick. Now I can use Google without these annoying redirects. I also found the removal instructions given at http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2010/02/remove-google-redirect-virus.html to be very useful.

Regards, Jessica

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

Try running several malware scanners. It is best to run several as each will pick up things that the others miss. Some scanners you can try are:

If the above malware scanners do not find any malware or can not clear it, you should consider posting in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help:

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

But I have already tried at least half a dozen virus scanners. I've tried Nod32, Avast, Pareto Logic PC health advisor, Spyware Doctor, XoftSpySE, Malwarebytes, plus several registry fixers. How many fricking scans from anti-virus programs does it take to kill the damn thing?! Yes, I will try your dozen other suggestions, but if I still get no result, I'm either re-imaging my harddrive, or just upgrading and starting again. In the meantime, Google Chrome is the only web browser which doesn't redirect hits, so I'm sticking with that.

Thanks anyway, Stefan

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

Dozen other suggestions? Looks like 5 programs and 5 support forums that specialize in virus / malware / scrapeware / rookit problems to me.

Anti-virus programs don't look for Malware, they look for crap that is classified as a virus. The 5 anti-malware programs that were recommended are the best programs (as judged by a professional PC technician who does support over at MozillaZine) at finding and removing Malware. Beyond that, you could have a Rootkit infection, which needs an entirely different program to locate and find. The helpers at those forums can provide more knowledgeable help with a Rookit.

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

Oh ok. Thanks for the heads up. Sorry if it seemed like I was dissing your response, I wasn't. Funnily enough the Google redirect virus infection is caused by a trojan with rootkit capability, so your suggestions may very well come in handy.

Thanks heaps ed-meister Smiley Happy

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

I guess I had this rootkit too. I used a tool called tdsskiller and I think it did the trick. Now I can use Google without these annoying redirects. I also found the removal instructions given at http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2010/02/remove-google-redirect-virus.html to be very useful.

Regards, Jessica

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

Hi Jess,

Thanks a lot for your removal instruction page, it solved the problem! The program ComboFix did most of the work. Thanks so much, I've had to put up with the virus for weeks, and now I can finally search redirect free Smiley Happy

Thanks a lot, Stefan

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

There seems to be more than one, possibly several malware objects that can cause Google search redirects in both Firefox and Explorer... some result in multiple infected files and are self- regenerating. I tried rootkit, gooredfix, tdskiller and every other tool I could download... several times I was certain it was gone but it always came back! If you want to kill this thing for good, combofix is the only thing that removes ALL of the infected elements. Combofix takes a long time to run (circa 30 min?) and requires some user input and also messes with your system settings a little but it is VERY thorough and it does work and best of all, it's free.

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

I agree with you Dallas, the same thing happened with me, each time thinking I'd got rid of the virus, and then it reappeared again. Also, yes ComboFix did the trick for me, but it didn't take much time for me (10 min), and didn't stuff around with my system settings. Now my computer's running at top speed again.

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Re: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help.

None of the spyware,malware software worked for except Hitman Pro 3.5. I download it to a flash drive on another pc and ran it from the stick. Found and removed everything. Not one problem since.