If I may be sold bold as to assume I am speaking for a few of us, I would like to state that this re-direct issue is an inconvienience but not a total meltdown virus. The parallel point though, is that we are very worried that this supposed 'mild' virus will import or conceal something that will glean our banking information, and subsequently, empty our bank accounts.
THAT is very much a major concern to us.
Can anyone give any kind of overview on this?
Using many of the anti-virus programs, including McAfee, many of us have found and erradicated many trojans and virii, and on subsequent scans have found nothing. Are we "...probably....* protected from phishing? To put it another way, Can we feel safe from phishing if we come up clean with a few of these free services? (even though the re-direct is still there).
The short answer is no, if you are still having re-direct problems. This problem usually indicates rootkit activity and they usually patch core system files, usually drivers. The problem here is that the file that has been patched may not have a backup installed on the system, so you`ll need your Windows CD/DVD disk to copy the file from the recovery console to that location.
You can try Kaspersky TDSS Killer:
I would recommend you visit one of the security forums(formerly know as Hijackthis forum), as they have the tools to a) identify the file(s) in question and b) the tools/advice on how to remove the offending file(s). I recommend any of the three below:
Good luckon 14/06/10 20:57:57 IST
Together with the previous comment (and the use of Kaspersky TDSS Killer), I s-e-e-m to have gotten rid of the re-direct. I will try to keep my enthusiam and relief in check until a few days have gone by. If by then it seems to have been successful, I will reply here.
Cross your bytes,
It has been about 30 hours since I have stopped being re-directed to unwanted webpages by the Google Hijack Virus. I finally used the Kaspersky TDSS Killer and it found something and eradicated it. Try what has been suggested in the previous comments of this thread and good luck. I thank all who helped.
If this virus somehow returns (without me being re-infected) , I will post again.
Just FYI, today is June 25 and the Google hijack virus is still gone from my computer. I hope my previous methods work for you, if you have this stubborn problem.