Redirect Virus Removal Tutorial

“What’s the effective way to get rid of redirect virus from my computer? Lately I’ve found out that redirect constantly messes up my Google Chrome browser. Is it a virus? How can I stop the annoying ad pop-ups generated by this virus?” If you have the same problem, you can read the following post to find the solution as I’ve done.

Description of Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker which attacks the web browsers when computer users try to download and install some programs from insecure websites. It has been put into the spam email or embedded into some fake software programs by cyber criminals in order to better promulgate it among computers. When users download these programs or software, it slips into the target computers. Though it looks like a normal search engine, it does not provide reliable information as other legitimate search engines do. It looks normal at the first glance. In fact, it keeps disrupting users’ work on the computer. However, those are tricks to help gain the page rank of the malicious websites the search engine always redirects users to. The redirect virus will also slow down your computer. Since the redirect virus eats up system resource and takes up limited space, the important system programs or other third party application are also affected. This means your computer will fail to function properly.

Once it is installed, redirect virus begins to trigger annoying problems and threat the security of your computer. One of the most undesirable problems is that the settings and configuration of the browser are unnoticeably altered and you cannot change them back. Besides, every time you want to search something, the browser always redirects you to commercial websites. The browser hijacker may even redirect you to those websites which contain a lot of malware, such as rogue programs, ransomware and other threats. You shouldn’t click on them and get rid of them if you can immediately.

Types of System Problems Are Triggered by

1. Your homepage, search engine, desktop backgrounds are changed without your permission;

2. Pop ups and new tabs of ads occur frequently;

3. It violates users’ personal information and sent it to remote hacker without users acknowledge.

4. Websites are found on the bookmark list, but you have no idea who did it.

5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.

6. Advertisement windows and fake security messages are displayed on the computer screen from time to time.

7. The browser works weirdly but you cannot find out the reason.

8. Unwanted Plug-in/extension or add-ons get onto your browsers for no reason.

9. Windows system becomes unable to update and download newest data and information.

The redirect virus often spreads via attachments in the strange emails and enters computers when users open the attachments. You have to care about the programs and applications that you need to install or download. Often use caution when being required to click on back links on the web pages or in emails you are viewing. The redirect virus changes search bar all the time. Obviously, the ads, which have attracting advertising slogans, are displayed there to attract you to click on them — if you do click on them, you will be redirected to some unsafe websites. You should be very careful if you are redirected to the unknown websites, for you may download malware onto your computer once you click on the malicious links contained in those websites. Computer users cannot notice the problems and then they are trapped in it for redirect is capable of reactivating itself. If you are one among those users, why not follow the guide below to completely get rid of the redirect virus and get your browser back to a normal state?

Note: Manual removal is considered as the most reliable way to remove the virus, while it requires expertise and it is recommend to advanced users only. Once it enters in your computer.

Manual Removal Step by Step Instructions

1. Stop running processes related to this redirect virus.

a: When the Windows Task manager appears, switch to Processes tab.

b: Find out and select the processes related to the virus by name random.exe, and click on the “End process” button.

Remove the redirect virus from Internet Explorer:

a: Start IE, go to Tools and select Internet Options.

b: Find General section, remove address as a home page.

c: Then go to Search section, find Settings button and choose Manage Add-ons

d: Erase the redirect and after the action, close Manage Add-ons

2. Remove the redirect virus from Mozilla Firefox.

a: Open Mozilla Firefox browser, click on tools and go to Options.

b: Switch to General tab, remove address as a startup site.

c: Then, go to: Firefox -> Add-ons -> Add-ons Manager -> Remove.

d: In the Search list, select Manage Search Engines and erase this redirect and choose “OK”

3. Remove the redirect virus from Google Chrome.

a: Open Google Chrome and navigate to Settings tab and Set pages.

b: Erase which was seta as the startup site and choose OK

c: Find Manage search engines and here, erase this redirect.

d: Press on “OK”, and restart Google Chrome.

4. Delete all registry files created by this redirect virus.

a. While the Registry Editor is opened, search for the registry key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\” Right-click this registry key and select “Delete.”

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM].exe”

b. Navigate to directory %PROGRAM_FILES%\ \ and delete the infected files manually.


C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*

Conclusion: redirect is the same with other redirect viruses, classified as a browser hijacker getting to users’ computer without their attention. seems like it is a legitimate search engine, but in reality, it is fake and will not provide you any reliable search results related to your search queries. This threat greatly affects the efficiency of study and reduces the pleasure of entertainment while users are surfing online or working on paper using computer. It can hijack the browsers all and it is available in most versions of Windows operating system machines. Don’t take it as a normal website as it will finally mess up your computer. Therefore, eliminating it as soon as possible and create a tough environment for it to live should be your first priority if your computer has been infected.

Note: Don’t have much experience in dealing with files and registry entries? Please get an advanced removal tool to automatically remove the redirect virus for the sake of safety.