Remove Google redirect virus was foremost on my mind the other day when my computer was infected by this virus. It was changing all the search results whenever I search for anything on google to malicious sites and it had been opening pop-ups to unrelated sites. It is extremely frustrating, to say the least and the google redirect virus makes it almost impossible to use the Internet.
Removing the Google Redirect virus can be quite frustrating. Most antivirus protection cannot detect the google redirect and it keeps changing your search results, making it impossible to research methods for removal. Try searching for “google redirect removal” and you will still see malicious websites in the search results. You may also get error messages such as “DCOM server protocol launcher server terminated”. You are probably using another computer right now to find the solution to solve your problem.
Your problems by the redirect virus could be different as there are different variations of the virus going around. There seems to be a couple of this variation of the viruses spreading and I believe that when the original redirect virus came about, it caught the attention of many virus developers as the redirect was an interesting way of disruption but more importantly it was a way of redirecting traffic to sites by the virus makers. They are generating traffic so that they can monetize the traffic for profits; hence the rapid creation of many variants.
Google Redirect Virus Removal
The method of removal will also not work for all versions of the viruses. I have got 3 different methods here which have worked for me and other guys online. You could try it out but always back up your registry and related files before doing anything.
One of the common places that the virus infects is the Hosts file. It is the file on your Windows PC that manages the redirecting of URL in IP addresses such as “localhost” to 127.0.0.1. The google redirect virus can modify this file such that your google search results are redirected to the wrong sites. To solve this problem, you can open your Host file at “C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”. If there are any lines of IP addresses other than “127.0.0.1 localhost”, then delete all other than the localhost line. This solves the immediate problem, you will then need to use a malware removal program such as HitmanPro or Malwarebyte’s Antimalware to remove the virus. Both have a free version that is able to do the job.
The other problem area could be the “atapi.sys”. This file could also be infected by the google redirect virus and you will need to replace this file from another non-infected computer. After doing so, you will then need to do the removal using HitmanPro or Malwarebyte’s Antimalware.
If both methods do not work, you may have to disable the TDSSserv.sys in your Device Manager. Go to your Device Manager and click on “View” and then “Show Hidden Devices”. Next, find “TDSSserv.sys” and right-click disable. After doing this, perform the removal using the free version of HitmanPro or Malwarebyte’s Antimalware. This should be able to remove the Google Redirect Virus once and for all.