This article aims to help users remove any Google Redirect Virus from Chrome as well as their respective system.
If your homepage has recently and inexplicably switched to what looks like the Google home page and the Google search engine is working much worse then usual then you are likely a victim of the Google Redirect Virus. If you are wondering what such a virus exist then I’m afraid the answer is – someone wants to milk your PC for money.
In essence Google makes A LOT of money by showing you Ads whenever you use it to search for something. There are a multitude of other search engines in existence, but Google has proven to be among the fastest and reliable browsers and is thus very popular. And when something is popular there are also people who will try to exploit it for their own gain.
You are not actually dealing with Google, but with impostors
The homepage Google Redirect Virus has set out for you is not actually the homepage of Google. Rather its a clone, the owners behind it actually maintain their own search engine and show you advertisements they are paid for. And since the legitimate or otherwise trustworthy sellers prefer the original Google what you get instead will be low quality Ads to junk sites that are full of viruses, malware or bloatware.
Not only that, but since the search engine that Google Redirect Virus has forced you to use is fairly bad and horribly optimized it’s quite possible to have multiple pages filled with these Ads and that the search engine to be actually incapable to even find what you are looking for.
For these reason we strongly encourage you to get rid of Google Redirect Virus as soon as possible and to ignore any advertisemets from the virus.
Also note that the Google Redirect Virus is a very annoying and aggressive virus. If you try to change your homepage Google Redirect Virus will always revert it back to the fake Google homepage. It will also replace the search bar located in your browser with the google-imitating search engie and changing that is also impossible. The only way to access google is to manually write Google.com in your address bar and if you want to get rid of it you need to follow the instructions as listed below.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Google Redirect Virus from Chrome.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Google Redirect Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Google Redirect Virus Removal
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Google Redirect Virus is capable of integrating with all popular internet browsers. You have to make certain you delete all copies of it. This virus has been reported to be able to regenerate and if you leave even a single copy you could be greeted by the annoying fake homepage the next time you reboot your PC.
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Google Redirect Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so you need to read and follow the instructions carefully. Doing this can damage your OS and other programs and cause system instability and data loss, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable it might be a good idea to leave this in the hands of a professional Google Redirect Virus remover. You can also make good use of that program’s inbuilt virus scanner and search your computer for dangerous viruses that remain invisible until it’s too late. Ransomware are one type of nasty surprises that can demand several hundred dollars of ransom on the threat of rendering all of your data unreadable.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.