Threat Database Browser Hijackers Redirecting Google Searches

Redirecting Google Searches

By Domesticus in Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 4
First Seen: September 23, 2011
Last Seen: September 24, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Redirecting Google Searches is simply another name for the Google Redirect Virus, also known as the Google Redirect Hijacker. Whichever name you prefer for this insidious malware threat, it has wreaked havoc across a large number of computers around the world. This browser hijacker is responsible for a large percentage of malware infections, as well as being associated with one of the most dangerous malware threats in history, the TDSS Rootkit. If your computer is showing symptoms of a Redirecting Google Searches infection, ESG security researchers recommend taking action immediately. Redirecting Google Searches is associated with dangerous malware infections, as well as having the potential to cause even more malware problems on an infected computer system.

Symptoms of a Redirecting Google Searches Infection

As its name states, Redirecting Google Searches is a problem that manifests itself mainly in your searches when the Google search engine is being directed automatically to malicious websites. Variants of Redirecting Google Searches can also display pop-up windows and monitor your Internet activity. Some variants of this browser hijacker have also been known to make changes to your Windows Start menu and to create desktop shortcuts connecting to malicious websites. Other symptoms of a Redirecting Google Searches infection include changes to your Internet settings, changes to your homepage, favorite websites and bookmarks and general speed and stability issues with your Internet browser and operating system.

A Redirecting Google Searches Infection Poses a Dual Danger

A Redirecting Google Searches infection has dual potential for infecting your computer system with additional malware. In the first place, the Redirecting Google Searches browser hijacker is often caused by Trojans or rootkits residing on your computer system. This means that, according to ESG malware analysts, the presence of Redirecting Google Searches on your computer system is a sign that your computer also contains a possible rootkit or Trojan infection. If this infection and Redirecting Google Searches remain untreated, the potential for more malware problems grows exponentially. This is because Redirecting Google Searches takes over your browser and forces it to visit websites that are rife with malware infections. Clicking on advertisements, links or pop-up windows from any of these redirected websites is a sure way to download malware onto your computer system. This is why a Redirecting Google Searches infection should be dealt with at once. The longer Redirecting Google Searches stays on your computer system, the higher the likelihood of it becoming infected with additional malware problems.

File System Details

Redirecting Google Searches may create the following file(s):
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