How Do I Remove a Google Redirect Virus?

A Google redirect virus is a type of malware that redirects your Google searches to lesser-known search engines, typically to bring advertising revenue to the creators of the malware. Remove a Google redirect virus by running a full system scan using a free antivirus program and by setting your browser's default search engine back to Google.

Scan Your Computer

Step

Download and install a reputable antivirus application. A few examples of applications that are free of charge to download include Panda Free Antivirus 2015, Avast Free Antivirus or BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition.

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Update your antivirus program's definition files to ensure accurate detection of the latest threats.

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Run a full system scan and follow the on-screen instructions to quarantine malware files found by the antivirus software.

Reset Your Browser's Default Search Engine

Edit your Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome settings to undo any changes the virus made to your default search engine.

Internet Explorer

Step

Click the downward-pointing arrow in Internet Explorer's address bar and select Add.

Downward-pointing arrow in Internet Explorer's address bar, with Add button highlighted.
Bing is the default search engine for Internet Explorer.
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Select Google Search from the list of available add-ons.

Google Search add-on on the Internet Explorer Gallery website.
Internet Explorer.
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Click Add to Internet Explorer.

Google Search add-on details with Add to Internet Explorer button highlighted.
Internet Explorer
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Tick the Check Box next to Make This My Default Search Provider and click Add to finish setting Google as Internet Explorer's default search engine.

Add Search Provider confirmation box, with Make This My Default Search Provider and Add button highlighted.
The If an Address... check box is disabled for Google Search.
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Firefox

Step

Click the Magnifying Glass icon in Firefox's search bar and select Change Search Settings.

Magnifying glass icon in the Firefox toolbar, with Search Settings menu open and Change Search Settings highlighted.
If you entered keywords in the search bar, the Change Search Settings button appears at the bottom of the pop-up menu.
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Select Google from the Default Search Engine drop-down menu and click OK to save your settings.

Search Options window in Firefox, with Google selected from the Default Search Engine menu and OK button highlighted.
Deselect Provide Search Suggestions to prevent Firefox from displaying suggestions as you type keywords in the search bar.
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Chrome

Open the Chrome menu and select Settings. On Chrome's Settings page, select Google from the Search drop-down menu.

Chrome Options page, with Google option selected from the Search menu.
Select Manage Search Engines to delete search engines from Chrome.
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