How to remove the Google Redirect Virus? (Microsoft Security Essentials Disabled by Virus)
I have been infected with the Google Redirect Virus, the virus disabled Microsoft Security Essentials and prevented me from using the Malicious Software Removal tool.
Whenever I type something into any web browser (Chrome, IE9 and Firefox) it displays the search results, however whenever I click on any of the links, it redirects to a pharmaceutical website or other malicious websites.
What I've tried so far:
I went into Safe Mode, and scanned using the MSR Tool and it didn't find anything, I tried Malwareblaster and checked the DNS is checked to Automatic, it isn't using a Proxy Server. I checked the registry for known Google Redirect entries, and could not
I uninstalled Microsoft Security Essentials and tried reinstalling it, the installation failed (probably because of the Virus), so I tried AVG, this didn't find anything either. I tried the ESET Online Scanner, and the McAfee Scan Tool. I uninstalled
any freeware/shareware programs & toolbars and disabled all browser add-ons.
This Virus is becoming a massive headache, what can I try to remove this virus???
Thanks in advance.
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Excellent post - you did a great job telling us about your issue and what you have done to try to resolve it.
Remember that some redirects are caused by Alureon which is a rootkit. Have you seen any evidence of this type infection? If so, I'm sure you know that you may have very serious issues and need to reformat/reinstall.
Once your computer is clean you need to completely remove these other programs you mentioned if you wish to install MSE.
SuperAntiSpyware Portable is "designed" to be downloaded onto a flash drive (or CD) and you could then insert the drive into your computer and run it from there. If you do that you may need to scan the flash drive for malware after using
it on the infected computer. Superantispyware is a very good scanner but will also identify and remove cookies which are not considered to be malware.
If you'd like some free options, consider this web site - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com - which contains details for many of the common infections, often immediately after they began to appear in the wild, and instructions are provided for how to remove the infections using their malware removal
guides. They also have forums where you can seek help from people who specialize in malware removal.