How to Stop the Google Redirect Virus

By Susan Reynolds

The Google Redirect Virus is a type of virus that changes the default homepage on your browser. They are commonly called "browser hijack" viruses because they take over your browser. When you type a URL into the address bar or type a phrase into a Google search bar, the hijack virus will instead load a different webpage and cause numerous pop-ups to flood your screen. The only way to stop the Google Redirect Virus is to remove it completely from your computer.

Step 1

Turn on your PC and log in as the "Administrator" so you will be able to make changes to the registry.

Step 2

Press the "CTRL," "ALT," and "DELTE" keys at the same time to launch the Task Manager. This program keeps track of every process running in the background and shows you how much memory each one uses.

Step 3

Hit the "Processes" tab on the Task Manager menu and look through the list of running processes for "Google Redirect." Click on the file name and press "End Process." This will temporarily stop the virus from running.

Step 4

Go to the "Start" button and then "Run." Type "regedit" and hit "OK." The Registry Editor menu will open.

Step 5

Search for the Google Redirect Virus registry keys by going to "Edit > Find." Type in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Google Redirect Virus" and hit "Enter."

Step 6

Right-click on the Google Redirect Virus registry key and choose "Modify > Delete." Close the Registry Editor.

Step 7

Go to "Start" and then "Search > All Files and Folders." Type in "Google Redirect" and hit "Enter" to find any left-over virus files. Click on the files as they appear and hit your "Delete" key to remove them.