Steps 7 and above deal with malware infections that result in Google redirect virus symptoms and are more difficult to detect and fix. Hosts file resides on C: Windows System32Driversetchosts Where Windows is your windows installation directory. Note: On windows 7/vista/8, you should open your hosts file with administrative privileges or you will not be able to save it.
In some cases, rootkits will be detected and removed by anti-malware programs. Select “No proxy” or enter parameters that were given by system administrator. Note: there are malicious plugins that affect both IE and firefox and result in Google redirects in both of the pages. (Optional) Repair Winsock 2 settings with LSPFix Download LSPFix Step 8.
Basically, there two types of Google redirect viruses: a) Hijacking search engine settings aka choosing which search engine to use. Before this step, make sure you clean your Control Panel from unknown, spammy looking programs. Scan for malicious parasites with spyware/antivirus removers: 1. If you are still have search engine redirection, it might be tdss or similar rootkit Although step 6 should detect majority of google redirects of that kind, sometimes it is useful to use a more niche tool.
However, there are couple easy steps to solve less complex problems. Check your browser addons and reset your search settings in browsers If your search engine changed to unknown one, you might have browser settings changer plugin or program.
Note, that before trying to fix other things, you are suggested to scan and check if anti-malware programs can identify more precise reason of Google redirect hijacker. You should always scan after performing all these steps as well, as doing anti-rootkit scan might reveal trojans that were hidden due to other infections. Typically, these programs will be detected in Step 6, but you will have to fix settings manually. Check your IE add-ons and reset search settings If your browser is hijacked in IE only, check IE browser add-ons.