How to Fix the Google Fake Search Results Virus
The Google fake search results virus is a type of virus that redirects your Google search queries to a custom page that is full of advertisements. The purpose of this is to get you to click on an advertisement so that you make money for the person who created the virus. While this type of virus can be extremely annoying and frustrating, you can easily get rid of it with some basic knowledge and the use of some free tools that will scan your computer and remove the virus infection.
Turn of your computer if it is already on. Start your computer, pressing the F8 key as it boots. When you see the Windows boot menu appear, choose the option to start the computer in "Safe Mode with Networking." Wait until the computer boots up and the Windows login screen is shown.
Enter your username and password at the login screen and wait for the computer to load Windows. Open a web browser and proceed to the Trend Micro HouseCall website (Resource #1). HouseCall is a free online virus scanner that you can run from inside your browser. It will scan your computer and allow you to remove any viruses that are found. Follow the instructions on the Trend Micro website and run HouseCall on your computer and remove any virus infections that are found.
Download Malwarebytes (Resource #2). Malwarebytes is an anti-malware application that is frequently used to help rid a computer of malicious software. It can detect infections that antivirus programs can't, so it is an excellent tool to use against the Google fake search results virus. Install Malwarebytes and run a full system scan on your computer, removing any infections that are found.
Close all open windows and programs and restart your computer. Allow it to start up normally and check to make sure that your Google searches are no longer redirecting to fake results pages. If they are, run another virus and malware scan, as there may be remnants of the virus left on your computer.
Tips & Warnings
- Using Safe Mode will help you remove the Google fake search results virus by only starting the bare minimum programs and drivers required to make the computer operate. This will free up potentially infected programs and files to be cleaned by the antivirus and anti-spyware software.
- The Google fake search results virus can go by a variety of names, since there are a variety of different viruses that can cause this type of behavior.