Google Chrome Redirect Virus Removal
The majority of the time the Google Chrome redirect virus ends up being the reason behind someone taking their computer into a repair shop, and claiming that it has an infection in which no software can seem to remove.
Now, although there is indeed software available which can remove the virus and prevent it from infecting your computer in the future, many people unfortunately attempt to use traditional "everyday" anti-virus programs such as Norton, McAfee, AVG, and Kaspersky to no avail.
In other cases, some people even attempt to use somewhat lesser-known programs such as MalwareBytes, ComboFix, Sophos, and TDSKiller – which can usually remove any infections that the traditional programs listed above can not – but even they have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the virus.
With that being said, if you've been trying to find a way to remove the Google redirect virus from your computer like a lot of others, then you’re in the right place.
Here you will learn how to quickly remove the virus with easy-to-use software called Fix Redirect Virus, and you will also learn about what the virus really is, how it actually works, and how your computer contracted it in the first place.
What Is the Google Redirect Virus ?
Released in late 2010, the redirect virus is an advanced trojan infection that was developed by a group of what many would consider to be expert programmers and hackers alike. Throughout the years, it has infected countless computers the world over, and it continues to do so every single day.
To set the record straight early on here, despite the name, this trojan virus is not affiliated with Google by any means whatsoever – it is nothing more than a search engine redirect virus. The only reason why it was dubbed the Google redirect virus to begin with is because Google is obviously the most popular search engine in the world.
As it currently stands, many people tend to believe that the purpose of the virus is to do nothing more than infuriate them by redirecting their web browsers to misleading websites – but in actuality, that isn't the case at all.
Although the websites may appear to be nothing more than misleading, what they actually are is malicious, and the only purpose they serve is to infect computers even further with things such as keyloggers, adware, spyware, worms, etc.
How Does the Redirect Virus Work?
The redirect virus works by manipulating a search engine during a process that is unbeknownst to many.
You see, no matter which search engine it is you use – whether it be Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc. – whenever you perform a search query and click on a link in the displayed results, your web browser is not immediately redirected to the website that you end up viewing.
First off, your web browser is redirected to the respective search engine's tracking page in order to log information such as your search query, your location, the date, the time, the web browser that you use, and your computer's operating system.
Now, under normal circumstances, after all of the above information and more has been documented (which only takes a fraction of a second, mind you) your web browser would obviously be redirected to the website that you had initially intended on visiting.
If your computer is infected with the redirect virus though, then as unfortunate as it is, your web browser gets redirected to one of the aforementioned malicious websites instead.
How Your Computer Contracted the Virus
Have you ever stumbled upon a page that gives you a warning in regards to upcoming content being potentially harmful to your computer?
You may be more familiar with one of these pages if I mention the fact that they usually feature a bright red background, and clickable buttons which read "Go Back", and "Continue".
Nevertheless; if you have come across one of these pages, then this is exactly where your computer contracted the virus.
You see, although these pages appear to feature valid warning messages in regards to upcoming harmful content, what they actually are is hosts of the redirect virus themselves – and whether you click on the "Go Back" button on the page, the back button in your web browser, or even if you close your web browser entirely, your computer still becomes infected.
To put it bluntly, the second you land on one of these deceiving pages (and even if you're only on it for a split-second at that), the redirect virus infects your computer instantaneously through a hidden script which automatically runs in the page's background.
Now, if you can’t recall ever seeing one of these pages, then you may have contracted the virus through a website that you possibly visit frequently – a website in which the administrator is oblivious to the fact that the script for the virus is actively running in their website’s background.
Note: For those that are wondering; if for some reason you were to click the "Continue" button on one of these false warning pages, then not only would your computer contract the redirect virus, but it would also contract a countless number of other infections as well.
How to Remove the Google Chrome Redirect Virus
As mentioned earlier on, there are quite a few reputable programs – some of them very well known, and others not so much – which are rendered powerless when it comes to removing the redirect virus.
The reason for this is because, unlike the majority of computer infections that place a false executable (.exe) file somewhere on your computer's hard drive (which can be detected and removed by nearly any anti-virus program available), this virus changes advanced settings within a large amount of Windows files – in a sense, remaining "stealth" on your system.
As a result of the virus remaining so undetectable and manipulating any search engine that you attempt to use via modified settings rather than a harmful file that could be easily located, many computer repair technicians suggest reinstalling your computer's operating system.
Now, in all fairness, for a considerable amount of time, re-installation of the operating system was the only way to rid your computer of this infection – but fortunately enough, that is no longer the case due to the Fix Redirect Virus software mentioned at the beginning of this article.
Not only does this program simply remove the virus from your computer and prevent future infections, but it does so without the risk of any data loss – even if it's regarding data that was saved while your computer was infected.
So all in all, if your computer is infected with this virus and you’d rather not risk data loss or waste time that you may not have by reinstalling your operating system, then you will be glad to know that you can use the exclusive and certified Fix Redirect Virus software to safely remove the Google Chrome redirect virus in a matter of minutes.