Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By JubileeX in Browser Hijackers is one of hundreds of websites that are associated with a browser hijacker known as the Google Redirect Virus. is designed to resemble a legitimate search engine. However, trying to carry out a search on will result in a list of links leading to malicious websites and advertisements for all sorts of online scams. Most of the time, the presence of redirects indicates that your computer system has fallen prey to a rootkit infection, a kind of severe malware infection that often requires a specialized tool in order to be removed.

While most rootkit infections produce no outward symptoms, seeing duplicated system processes in the Task Manager is often an indication that something is wrong. The Google Redirect Virus is a Trojan that affects the results of Google searches or online searches carried out on other major search engines like Bing or Yahoo. One way to test whether you are infected with this browser hijacker is carrying out a normal Google search and then clicking on the top links in the results. If the links take you to websites like instead of to their proper destinations, your computer is infected with this insidious browser hijacker. Since malware associated with is extremely dangerous, ESG security analysts strongly recommend taking immediate action with a reliable anti-malware scanner and anti-rootkit tool.

Why Criminals Want to Force You to Visit Repeatedly

Criminals profit from forcing computer users to visit search engines against their will. Each time its bogus search results are displayed or clicked on, the criminals behind the browser hijacker profit from advertising revenue and marketing schemes. Certainly, it is much easier for criminals to use malware that forces you to visit instead of turning this search engine into a useful, attractive website that actually earns its advertising revenue in a legitimate way. The main reason why browser hijackers are so effective is because browser hijackers use a soft redirect technique, taking computer users from a real search engine to a fake one. Inexperienced computer users are not likely to recognize as a fake and will often attempt their online search again. What would not be likely to happen is the browser hijacker forcing them to visit invariably and without giving it the context of a search engine redirect.


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