There is apparently some kind of virus that is causing Google and
Yahoo (also Bing) search result links to be redirected to unrelated sites or spam sites. I did a full scan with Kaspersky Internet Security and also with
Windows Defender - both had updated databases but neither detected the problem. I have the same issue with both
Internet Explorer 7 (XP with all security updates) and Firefox. The symptom is when you do a search on Google or
Yahoo, then click on one of the results, you are taken to a page other than the one specified in the link, usually a page about a completely different topic or a spam site. Other people have reported the same issues on various blogs but not clear
solution. How can I find and remove this virus? Please help. Thanks!
see my previous posting of 2/4 (below), not sure if it will work for you. i also upgraded my version of Kaspersky and that seemed to help also. at the time, none of the Microsoft scanners were able to detect the virus; i don't know if that has changed.
>> fyi, Hitman Pro 3.5 seemed to fix the redirect virus problem, for now, but i had to rename the executable to get it to run. it reported that the atapi.sys file was infected. there's an article about the issue at -
I tried for weeks to remove this redirect virus, using McAfee, Norton, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, and many, many more. Then, I came across this post:
Following the few easy steps laid out here instantly fixed the problem using TDSS Killer. I have a feeling that a lot of the fixes found on the web worked for previous versions of this virus and are no longer effective.