March 29th, 2011 | Published in Google Redirect
If you find your search results redirected to websites other than what you intended, you may be a victim of browser hijack.
Scammers use malicious software to take control of your computer’s Internet browser and change how and what it displays when you’re surfing the web.
Symptoms your browser has been hijacked: Home page or other settings change on your computer. Links are added that point to websites that you’d usually avoid. You can’t navigate to certain web pages, such as antispyware and other security software sites. A seemingly endless barrage of ads pops up on your screen. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
If you are being redirected there is a good chance your browser is not only hijacked by a Trojan, but your computer is infected with a TDL3 or TDSS rootkit as well.
The bad news is this particular virus is tough to get rid of completely. The good news is you have some Google Redirect Virus removal options.
Free option number one – Reboot. I doubt very highly this will fix your search redirect problem, but it won’t hurt to try. Or, if your computer won’t start in normal mode, reboot your computer, press F8 during the boot process, use the arrow keys to highlight Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER.
Free option number two – Run a scan using an anti-malware program, such as Malwarebytes, free or paid version. This is available at http://www.malwarebytes.org. This may work to remove the redirect virus. This may also find other virus lurking on your computer.
Free option number three — If for some reason that didn’t work, another Google Redirect Virus removal option is TDSSKiller by Kaspersky Labs.
If none of these options work for you, you may have to go to a stand alone tool designed especially for this problem.