Tips to Help You Get Rid of Your Search Engine Redirect Virus

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One of the latest in online annoyances is the search engine redirect virus. It doesn’t matter if you use Google, Yahoo, or Bing, to name a few, as your search engine, they are all affected equally. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of your search engine redirect virus for good.

  1. Get An Anti-Virus Program That Detects Rootkits. The majority of these types of viruses all stem from rootkits. This malicious software is able to penetrate most of our computer systems initially because we don’t have anti-virus software strong enough to detect rootkits and block them. This is where I would start first.
  2. Get An Anti-Malware Program That Detects Rootkits. This is equally as important as having the strong anti-virus software. In a perfect world, we would only need the anti-virus software because it would catch all of the rootkits every time, right? But, in reality, it won’t be perfect and you will wind up needing a program to scan your computer every now and then for the search engine redirect virus. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one that I strongly recommend.
  3. Download A Rootkit Removal Tool. Although the above two will help in the prevention of future infects, if you already have a search engine redirect virus you will need a tool to remove the rootkit now. Most of these tools work very quick and effectively. One of the best I’ve found so far is Kaspersky TDSS Killer. This particular one is also free. Once you have it downloaded, save it to your desktop.
  4. Backup Any Important Information On Your Computer. When servicing a computer in any way, it’s always best to make sure you are backing up everything important with either an external hard drive or an online backup storage provider. I recommend MyPCBackup for this. It’s easy, has unlimited storage and best of all it’s FREE! This should take you no more than 30 minutes, but could wind up being some of the best 30 minutes you’ve ever spent. Be sure to run a scan on your computer before backing it up, you would hate to back up your virus.
  5. Run Rootkit Removal Tool. Now that you’ve made all the necessary preparations before removing the pesky virus, go ahead and run the removal tool and delete all the threats it finds. Be aware of all the files and locations of the files it shows to be threats. Sometimes they will classify something as a threat that is not. That’s where your backup should come in.

These are my tips to help you get rid of the search engine redirect virus. Basically, prepare, backup, and execute. This can get a little technical once you get into, so if you feel you’re in over your head, consult a technician. Hope this helps.

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