Redirect Removal comes up as a new tab each time when I open my browser. Is it a virus? How do I get rid of redirect? I also notice that when I click a link on Google search, it redirects me to another website. But my antivirus program detects nothing on it. Help!!! Redirect Issue Description:

Recently, many users have a serious issue that bothers them much, because they get an annoying redirect on their machine by accident. This threat can cause many damages to users computer , such as change your internet browser settings without consent, including the home page, default search engine, and browser shortcut. It mainly hijacks browsers like IE, Firefox, Google Chrome and it is hard for people to remove it because currently no antivirus program is able to detect its presence.

Generally speaking, this hijacker can be installed from unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. Once it is downloaded, it takes control of the browser and forces users into visiting annoying webpages or harmful page or even display fake errors on your computer screen. If users mistakenly click any link provided by this domain, this threat may track user’s web browsing habits, record addresses of visited sites and send collected data to a remote server. Under such a circumstance,  it’s very necessary to get rid of redirect from your machine in order to keep your privacy safe and protect your PC.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now. can change web browser’s default search page to a predetermined web site with annoying ads: redirect


When redirect is inside your computer, your security software may be blocked immediately and your homepage will be changed without your permission. In addition, it degrades overall web browser stability and performance as it wastes too much computer resources. The most irritating feature of this redirect virus is that it will keep redirecting you to various harmful websites against your will. If you try to search something from Google, Bing or other search page as your preferred, you will be redirected to other irrelevant page. Thus, removal is needed as soon as possible. Redirect Infected Symptoms:

1. It can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you from doing anything on your computer;
2. It can turn your computer to run slowly and pose sudden death;
3. It can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
4. It can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
5. It can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
6. It forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Considering redirect can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users to delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once this dangerous redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

4. Remove all the malicious files manually.

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\random letters

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Nowadays, the problem of browser being redirected to other unwanted sites is not something new. redirect still pose a huge risk for PC users. It corrupts Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and make PC users unable to surf Internet. Once this threat is running, it modifies essential web browser settings, decreases default security level and redirects a web browser to a predefined site whenever the user enters invalid address or performs an Internet search. Victims complain this virus will make ads pop up all the time from It’s annoying. hijacker virus can be well embedded in your operating system even if you uninstall and reinstall all of your web browsers. Manual way is the best solution to have it removed.

If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by on May 8, 2013 7:29 am, last updated on May 8, 2013 8:05 am

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