Redirect virus is one of the browser hijacker viruses that parasitically redirect your web browser, search page or error page to its own page or a commercial site, which belongs to the creator of this virus. The first objective is to make the parasitic site popular with many hits or benefit from revenue generated by pay-per-click ads. The other objective of Redirect virus could be where it redirects your browser to other malicious and dangerous sites where your personal confidential information such as credit card numbers, passwords and bank account numbers can be stolen. This happens when you accidentally install software that log keystrokes or access sites that have malware which can make access to your computer much easier.
Normally, when Redirect virus infects your computer, it uses some security holes as well as ActiveX controls on your browser. To ensure that your data is kept safe, make sure that you remove the virus since hackers might have been the ones who sent it to you. Sometimes you might also be redirected to authentic sites which have been infected by the malware.
One of the main characteristics of the Redirect virus is that it masks itself as installer drivers during the entry point. This way, it would not be seen as a threat by most anti-viruses. Afterwards, the virus encrypts itself to the drivers to avoid detection before it begins changing how the computer communicates to the hard drives to prevent it from being removed. Sometimes, the Redirect virus offers you to purchase licensed software to remove viruses it has invented.
Common ways to get Redirect virus to your computer include the following:
Because the Redirect virus is packaged with some of the most deceptive and malicious spyware and Trojans, removing them manually might prove a daunting task. To get rid of this, you need a reputable anti-spyware software while running on the “Windows Safe Mode with Networking”. Below are the steps to follow to remove it:
Step 1: Reboot your computer and press F8 just after it starts but before it reaches the Windows loading screen.
Step 2: Using navigation keys select ‘Windows Safe Mode with Networking’ and press ‘enter’ button on your keyboard.
Step 3: Return to this website and click on the link below so that Norton Security Scan can be downloaded and installed.
Step 4: When downloading is finished, scan your PC and choose Fix Checked on the window used for scanning. Redirect virus will be removed completely.
Since there are many different types of viruses and malwares, it is imperative that your computer is always protected. Norton Security Scan is a free tool that works for Windows XP and Vista in checking if your computer is well protected or for the presence of any unwanted adware, viruses, spyware or worms. You could download the Norton Security Scan or use it online. Using it online will be much easier and you will follow the simple steps below:
Step 1: Go to the Symantec’s Security Scan website and choose the Symantec Security Check option
Step 2: Decide if you want to use Virus Detection scan or Security Scan
Step 3: Agree to the end-user agreement to allow you to proceed to an add-on that will be offered afterwards.
Step 4: Wait for scanning to complete. When it is complete, you will receive feedback on the same window.
From the results, you will know how much your PC is infected and/or what its security state is.