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  1. tracyhunter

    tracyhunter Member

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    is there a free virus remover out there/ i have the google redirect virus and cant get it off.
     
  2. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    This should work for you.
     
  3. jhoward

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    Avast! is also free, the link is above.
     
  4. Jerbear

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    Download Malwarebytes, update and run. It will find all the bs and get rid of it.


    Good Luck

    Jerbear
     
  5. Quack Shot

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    I'll second the advice to use Malwarebytes. The free edition is good enough. Download it, install it, update it, then do a FULL scan and let it remove whatever it finds. A second choice is SuperAntiSpyware, FREE edition. There's a link above. It will nag you to "BUY" an upgrade, but free is good! Just be sure to uncheck any search tools or tool bars during the install process. They try to get you to install that stuff, since they get a few pennies when someone does. Between the two programs, they have been able to clean well over 90% of the malware I encounter.

    If you have any trouble getting Malwarebytes to install and run, let me know. There are some bugs that will orevent it from installing or running. There are some workarounds to get the job done. You can also run the scan in "Safe" mode if you know how to boot that way. Usually the F8 or F5 key while booting will get you a screen to select it.

    I would also delete all temporary internet files to be sure it's not hiding there. You can do that in "Internet Options" from the IE Tool menu or Control Panel. No need to delete history or cookies, just the temporary files. Turning system restore off and then back on is another thing I would do, but it's very risky if you do, since you will not have a way to go back to a previous restore point.

    Avast free home edition is a decent Antivirus and so is Microsofts Security Essentials. Both are free. Just be sure there are no other antivirus programs installed. Also, there is a free firewall that is a great extra tool to prevent stuff from sending or receiving. It's Called Comodo and can be found at www.comodo.com. Install JUST the Firewall and uncheck any boxes that want to install tool bars or search services.
     
  6. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Quack, very helpful info
     
  7. Unknown1

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    The Google redirect "virus" is actually caused by a rootkit infection by the TDL3 rootkit and it affects most other search engines in both IE and Firefox browsers. It probably rode into you system on some infected application you downloaded from the net. It's important to use the right kind of tool to remove it. Do NOT simply delete it; it must be disabled first or it will return on the next boot-up. Malwarebytes and Superantispy are both good for removing the dirty application it came on but the redirect will remain in your system and has to be dealt with separately.

    Here are four sources you can use to explain how to clean your system:

    <I>http://www.freepcsecurity.co.uk/2010/04/03/google-redirect/</I>

    <I>http://www.ehow.com/how_5842581_remove-google-redirect-virus.html</I>

    <I>http://www.brighthub.com/internet/google/articles/66090.aspx</I>

    <I>http://www.brighthub.com/internet/security-privacy/articles/73919.aspx</i>

    Good hunting!

    MK
     
  8. tracyhunter

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    i have spyware doctor and it has removed redirect but now i can not get anything. if i am on goole and want to go to any of the sites you have recomended internet explorer cannot display the webpage comes up.hope this makes sence.
     
  9. Unknown1

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    How are you connecting to this web site?

    Try linking directly to one of the URLs above right from this web site. They are all hot links.

    MK
     
  10. Quack Shot

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    tracyhunter

    Open your browser then hit the "Tools" tab, Then "Internet Options", Then select the "Connections" top tab. Click on the "Lan Settings" button. Uncheck "Use a proxy server for your LAN". Click "OK" and then try it out after restarting your browser. Some of these rootkits will set your connection up through a proxy server. That part is usually not fixed by the anti malware program.

    I would also run at least the Malwarebytes program, just to be sure. Root Kits are VERY bad things and can come back to haunt you. Getting rid of temporary Internet files, system temp files, system restore files, and even emptying the recycle bin, would all be a good idea. Just read my last post about some of the caveats. In any event, be sure to back up any and all files you wish to save, since you may not be so lucky next time.

    If the above fix doesn't do it, your "hosts" file might be corrupted. If you don't get it fixed by following the above instructions, let me know and we'll see about your hosts file as well.
     
  11. Trapshooter

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    http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free
     
  12. GunDr

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    I used Super Anti Spyware to remove the redirect a few months ago. It took about a week of running the program everyday. Once in the morning and again at night.

    I tried the malwarebytes and AVG programs but they couldn't find anything.


    Kaspersky has a TDSSkiller to remove some rootkit problems. It also is free.
     
  13. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    This needs to be put in the Off Topic Section, not SSshooting Section.
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    Get an external hard drive and download whatever you have on your computer, you may have to do it with another computer if your is corrupted and inoperable ... Then when you reload whatever you put on the external hard drive it will not let you reload the corrupted files ... I just had to replace the corrupted hard drive in my computer and do the proceedure I'm telling you about ... Dell sent me a new hard drive that was pre formatted to the same as when I purchased the computer from them 2 years ago ... I got the XPS 603I and am glad I bought the extended warrantee so everything was covered ... I run the Malware program and SuperAnti virus programs mentioned above besides having McAfee as part of my ISP ... I dropped Norton because the edition I had was not keeping up with progress ... The McAfee uploads everytime I turn the computer on and has an indicator to tell you when to get off of a porn site (lol) or any site for that matter that might contain a virus ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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