Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help!

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Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! danielroofer 6/23/10 5:36 PM
It seems that so many people are having problems understanding how these strange redirects work and what causes them that a quick write up was was needed. I hope this explains things....

Q) I am getting redirected after doing a search, it happens almost every time I do a search. What's up with Google?
A) It is not Google, if you are getting redirected on almost every search, regardless of the type of website you intended to visit then your machine has most likely been infected with Malware (malicious software).

Q) That cannot be true, I only get redirected on Google's search engine, all others such as Yahoo! are fine. So it must be Google's fault?
A) Nope, criminals often create software that remains dormant until you visit a certain site (such as Google) and then it activates when you perform a certain task, such as clicking on a link. It is their way of trying to confuse you and this allowing their malicious software to remain on your computer for longer.

Q) What is the purpose of this software that has been put on my computer?
A) If you are getting redirected to another search engine that you have never heard of before then the criminal may getting a reward/payment if you purchase any goods from the website/search engine. The website you are being directing to may also be trying to download more nasties onto your computer for other more sinister motives.

Q) So all redirects are bad news?
A) No, not at all, moving a web page from one place to another and setting up a redirect so visitors can still find it is perfectly normal, you will come across redirects every now and again as you traverse the web, but you shouldn't see them on all or almost all sites you visit. If you see an excessive amount of strange redirects and/or you are being taken to the same site regardless of the type of site you originally intended to visit, then its a sign you have malware.

Q) Okay I have malware, how do I get rid of it?
A) There are hundreds if not thousands of different types of "redirect viruses" each one will be slightly different, some will be detected by your usual Anti-Virus such as Norton or Mcafee but others will slip through the net. Don't expect one single Internet Security product to give you 100% protection.

Google has created a help article that contains further info and a list of suggested scans, as well as info on how to create a HiJackThis log and post it on another forum, so some pros can take a look and see if any of your computer settings have been changed without your permission http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=8091  (please do not run the Hijackthis program and delete the results as you cause problems with your computer, use it under guidance from a professional)

There are dozens of other people who have had problems with strange redirects here http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=6df7e15519290612&hl=en  feel free to join in the chat, many people have suggested that a product called "Hitman Pro" works, but of course every virus is different and it may or may not work for you. (BTW I have never used Hitman Pro)

Q) So I just need to find as many scanners as possible until I find one that works?
A) Be careful, criminals also create fake scanners that do more harm than good, never download anything unless you trust the author, so do some research first or get a second opinion. Plenty of forums on the web where people discuss products.

Q) Can Google offer 1-1 support?
A) I am not aware of any such service.

Q) I have tried every reputable AV scanner and I still can't get rid of these pesky redirects, what now?
A) Unfortunatley this is the Google web search forum and not a malware forum but you may want to have a read of some posts in these forums and maybe make contact with someone who deals with such issues - http://www.google.com/search?q=malware+forums
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! danielroofer 6/23/10 5:42 PM
Feel free to discuss your issue with other folks here please remember that this is a web search forum and not a malware forum.

The regulars here cannot offer 1-1 support for virus/malware removal.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Thomas P. 6/23/10 7:27 PM
In general: If you see suspicious pop-ups, unwanted toolbars, redirects, strange Google search results
then see also: http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/topic.py?topic=13930
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! tigger8473 6/24/10 2:04 PM
Try Hitman Pro 3.5.6. It is currently the only AV that is capable of detecting all variants of the Rootkit responsible for causing unexplainable redirects: http://www.surfright.nl/downloads/

Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! wwwallyh 6/24/10 3:40 PM
If you guess the number I'm thinking and post it backwards in a foreign language I will not offer 1 on 1 support either
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! guin.white 7/18/10 12:23 PM
I'm using Firefox 3.6.6, and I've tried just about every malware removal tool / antivirus app, and I'm still getting the google web search redirect thing.

For me, it's different every time I click.

Sometimes redirects to mysearchcorp.com, then to web-search-api.com, then to some shopping search engine, asklots.com.

Sometimes it redirects to computing.net (link ex. http://www.computing.net/answers/security/google-search-result-redirect-virus/20156.html)

The last time, after a mysterious series of redirects, I ended up here: http://mx2.34161.blueseek.com/jump2/?affiliate=mx2&subid=34161&terms=google%20seach%20redirects.

I think I'm done with both Firefox and Google...at least for now. Geez, back to Chrome.






Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! danielroofer 7/19/10 12:50 AM
@guin.white

FWIW - mysearchcorp [dot] com and web-search-api [dot] com  are both owned by the same company:

 http://www.whois.net/whois/web-search-api.com.com

http://www.whois.net/whois/mysearchcorp.com.com

So many different types of re direct out there that it can take time to find the right tool to remove the specific malware on your machine/browser. Do have a read of this thread if you have not done so already, lots of feedback and suggestions etc -

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=6df7e15519290612&hl=en
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! bigmouthblog 7/22/10 3:37 PM
If you're using firefox, check if there are any extensions you don't recognize.  I was having a redirect problem that no AV scanner could detect.  I finally realized that an extension that they were being caused by an extension I didn't recall installing.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! vinhkhoa 7/23/10 12:32 AM
Thanks bigmouthblog for pointing out that firefox addon could be another place for malware to attack. And in fact it happens to me. I just checked and found out that my firefox has an addon that I'm not aware of called "Firefox Security 2.0" with the description "Internal security options editor". It is a malware. I did a search about it and found this post which describes exactly my problem:


So if you get redirected from google search to sites like mysearchcorp [dot] com, web-search-api [dot] com or the like, check the link above and check your firefox addons.

Hope this helps.

Khoa
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Aouie 7/23/10 2:44 PM
Several programs, including Malwarebytes and Avast, didn't fix my issue. Combofix [ http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix ] appears to have fixed the issue.

I was getting redirected to Web sites that appeared related to the searches every now and then on searches through Google. Below is one of the malicious links embedded into the search results.
http://googleads.sgdoubleclick.net/pagead/nclk?sa=L&ai=1&fadurl=googleads.g.doubleclick.net&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyclax.com%2F&aclck=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.searchsmartworld.org%2Findex.php%3Fsearch%3Dcyclax%2Bvitamin%2Be

doubleclick.net, unlike sgdoubleclick.net, is a valid Google search result. Often these malicious links will direct you to the proper link, and once in a while to a different site (presumably to generate ad revenue), and so many mistakenly believe that Google search servers are the issue.

Below were the files that Combofix quarantined.
---
c:\docume~1\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\LOCALS~1\Temp\tmp1.tmp
c:\documents and settings\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\Local Settings\Application Data\{48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E}
c:\documents and settings\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\Local Settings\Application Data\{48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E}\chrome.manifest
c:\documents and settings\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\Local Settings\Application Data\{48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E}\chrome\content\_cfg.js
c:\documents and settings\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\Local Settings\Application Data\{48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E}\chrome\content\overlay.xul
c:\documents and settings\_USERNAME_WILL_VARY_\Local Settings\Application Data\{48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E}\install.rdf
c:\windows\system32\st322000.dll
H:\Autorun.inf
---

The numbers 48E34074-4247-4573-BF98-C95A96431E8E may vary too, but there should be no other folder at that location with such numbers on most computers. If there is and it has a chrome.manifest file in there, then I recommend trying Combofix.

Sincerely,
Aouie
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! tech012345 8/26/10 11:10 AM
can it affect my nintendo consoles?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ffinybryn 8/30/10 12:40 PM
Q)  So this is a Google only thing?
A)  Yes
 
Q)  What are you going to do about it?
A)  Absolutely nothing.  That's your problem.
 
Q)  A quick Google search throws up hundreds, if not thousands of similar (if not better) search engines, I suppose I'll just have to use one of those?
A)  Let's not be too hasty
 
Q)  Suppose I Yahoo "Hasta la vista Baby" 
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! vermafam 9/2/10 11:23 PM
When I search on Google, I get the search result page and before I can decide which one to click I get redirected to
http://www.google.com/webhp?ech=1&psi=IYqATODwFY-2ngfg-rj5AQ12834930751481&emsg=NCSR&ei=SIyATOKCAcXhnAfIgKXxDg

Which apparently looks like google. HELP!!! Do you think I am infested?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Jack24 9/8/10 4:06 AM
When i search not only does it redirect me to many diiferent search engines. but also to loads of retail outlets which are very unrelated to my search. for e.g. i was looking for a laptop and i clicked on currys then was redirected to an american clothing company,
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! mkoch 9/14/10 12:01 PM
I have never had problems with this PC. I switched from Brighthouse to Verizon FIOS and learned a lesson - NEVER switch from one Virus protection to another and leave your ethernet cable plugged in. Download the new Virus scan unplug the ethernet cord and then do the old unistall and new install. That way at least you are protected when you go back online. I got slammed with Hijacks and Malware and had all my FTP passwords stolen and .HTAccess files loaded on every one of my websites. Shame on me for not using an FTP program with encrypted passwords! I use Microsft Security Esentials now and cleaned it further with Hitman Pro 3.5 but still got terrible Google redirects to ad sites. I just ran Lavasoft Adaware and all looks good now. If it comes back I'll send a log from HijackThisi nto a forum and hope for some good answers.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Mighty_au 9/15/10 8:57 PM
I have the same problem with Firefox browser that random Google search results was redirected to mysearchcorp.com and then forwarded to a page on stream-search.net just few days ago. I've tried all anti-virue/anti-malware tool that claims to be able to fix this issue in top 10 "mysearchcorp.com" related websearch results but no one could help.
 
I finally found out the reason and fixed it manually and would like to share with your guys: if you have the same redirect issue, you've probably installed a Firefox extension named "Firefox Security 2.0 for Firefox (Internal Security options editors)", just open Firefox Tools panel -> Module -> select "Firefox Security 2.0" and uninstall it.
 
In case of you can not find "Firefox Security 2.0" in the addons list, you can open the Firefox extension folder (C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions on my computer) and order all subfolders under it by modify date, and remove the subfolder with last modified date closest to when you start have the problem.
 
I've also checked the source code of this addon, and seems they redirect bing.com/yahoo/answer.com searchs as well so it does not only affects Google, it's a bit of shame that no anti-virue/anti-malware tool could identify it at the moment.
 
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! 899bubble 10/2/10 5:41 PM
 
yahoo
 
msn
 
are all good search sites
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Efran 10/10/10 11:29 PM
First of all I love Google search engine,but I've been encountering a hell of a lot of redirecting to off the wall sites and encountering adware and spyware problems due to to this and language changing and this is on my desktop. I'm not traveling anywhere and I've tried making changes in language tools as you've suggested.WTF mister internet mogul fix your godamn problems. If I want another language that should be my choice.I speek seven different languages. I don't need google transfering my personal information to other countries. As a matter of fact your bullshit redirecting sent my 2000.00 dollar computer spiraling into a shit load of viruses that I can't seem to get rid of now.thanks a buck load google. fix your damn problems now, I think your crew is spending more time enjoying there luxuries, and not enough time fixing there serious problems being over confident can be your downfall.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Alan MacDonald 10/11/10 6:25 AM
I've noticed just now (10/10/10) that Google searches (particularly for terms that I have used, such as "empire-warfare" related to class-warfare) are bringing me to a site called Scour.

I'm apprehensive, particularly in this time of national security state spying on internet that searches for any anti-Empire terms are bring me to a site called Scour ---- seems spooky, in the 'Secret Team' sense.

I'll try a few other searches for terms that I frequently use in the description of Empire propaganda and its resistance movement, and see if there is a correlation in the unnatural redirection to this Scour site.

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Alan MacDonald 10/11/10 6:39 AM
I just reviewed Mighty_au and Efran above, and think that this is symptomatic of what I experienced --- including being attacked by a "Trojan.fake AV .... gen".

I wonder whether, as Mighty_au suggests that "random Google searches" are precipitating such spooky redirects to Scour --- or whether Google is doing favors for our favorite spooks when citizens search for particular 'un-helpful' or 'un-healthy' terms that the Empire/national security state wishes to discourage?

Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean the Empire isn't spying on you.

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! eafan 10/23/10 4:19 PM
I'm also being sent to sites like Scour. Scour says something like 'a search engine that combines results from Yahoo, Google,etc.'  It's only happened since I used Google's new search features. The one where it brings up websites automatically. 
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! comeon 10/27/10 12:37 PM
All I know is removing this thing has taken days and many different virus programs.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Cauthon75 10/31/10 6:06 AM
I appreciate all the help; I wondered if I might be the only one with this problem, and whether (see below) it was specifically a political dirty trick; will try some of the suggested fixes and see if can nuke the bug:

This morning I was reading my mail and my teenage grandson happened to look at some negative political advertising (is there any other kind?:-) against Andy Sanborn, who is running for the state senate here in New Hampshire; and we talked about the election a bit, so I started looking online for what else I could find about Mr. Sanborn.  We are running a PC with Windows XP, and browsing with Firefox, and I typed into the Google search box as follows: 


+"andy sanborn" +senate

Google brought up "About 2,120 results (0.11 seconds) " and the first one seemed interesting, so I tried it:

Andy Sanborn — for State Senate

andy4senate.com/ - Cached

So, I was surprised to see that clicking on the link for that hit did not take me to andy4senate or anything like it, but to a general political information site:

http://congressvoteresults.com/2010_Elections.html

which did not seem to have a lot to do with the New Hampshire state senate election. 

OTOH, when I cut and pasted the URL into the usual place, I went here:

http://andy4senate.com/

which does seem to be Mr. Sanborn's site, as originally planned.

So, it seems that the vaunted Google search engine is doing strange things; just thought you might be interested in knowing about that.  I understand you have some of my fellow RPI engineers there - no reason you can't handle a little bug like this once in a while:-)

Hope this helps

Dick Hatzenbuhler
Deering, NH

Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! mkoch 11/2/10 9:03 AM
My Post received several answers. It was a MBR (Master Boot Record) virus. Even after doing a factory restor the little bugger still showed up since I didn't do a reformat. But then along came the new version of HitMan Pro - thank you it found and fixed it on a reboot. Hope this helps.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! RMASAT 11/11/10 11:06 AM
I have the same problem, fresh installed computers, W7, Xp Home, etc, click on any google link it pop ups a google analytics window and forwards me to an search engine. What the hell is going on? Any advice?
 
Thx folks!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! tech012345 11/14/10 6:22 AM
I tried MalwareBytes and HitmanPro35.exe but they don't find ANYTHING.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! seattlesoft 11/14/10 2:30 PM
My advice-

I would recommend taking note of the URLs that this suspected malware forwards you to.  The more often that people report suspicious websites and harmful malware, the more there will be public awareness of dangerous and harmful sites.  The specific sites that you and others report will then suffer from less trust, and people will more often be aware that said sites are run by folks with ill intentions.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! matawan 11/15/10 6:55 AM
I also get the redirected links BUT ONLY from my iGoogle home page. When I use "Classic Google" everything works fine. I have 5 add-ons on my iGoogle page. I'm going to try to delete them, one at a time to see if one of them is the culprit.  
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! matawan 11/15/10 7:24 AM
I just deleted a couple of "gadgets", from my iGoogle home page and found the culprit that was causing my problem- the NY Times. I deleted it and now all works fine. Perhaps others may find other gadgets that cause the problem. Many hackers destroy others' ability to access information for either the fun/challenge or for monetary gain. I hope that one day they will be discovered and penalized severely.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! d4v1dp4ng 11/19/10 10:54 AM
I think google is a stupid search engine.
When I search something using google, it displays a lot of information but many of them are tricky, simply redirect me to another search engine website. And when I click one of them, will result information too, to guide me to another search engine website, and so on.
What a stupid,
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Bri123 11/21/10 8:35 AM
Google is misdirecting my searches.

I presume what you call Malware has infected my computer.

How do I rectify this? I am almost completely computer illerate. Is it even worth my trying?

Samaratans, please use only plain English.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Rose13 12/8/10 11:26 AM
I "google" all the time and I've never had an issue with redirecting (as in, it's never happened to me.) have you guys checked what your looking up?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! rizmomin 12/23/10 8:10 PM
I was having same issue where any time i do a search on google, it would direct to wrong site.
I found out that this was not google's problem.
Seems to me that there was malware attack on IE ( Internet Explorer).
I disabled IE and installed Google Chrome as my browser and since then i have not had any problem at all.
Its been problem free for last 3 days...
So basically try disabling the current browser and installed/use one of the other alternative and see if it solves the problem..

I hope this would help....Good luck
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! nagarjuna lingala 12/29/10 6:41 AM
compulasorily it is the problem with kind of malwares or viruses , so it is better to not to use any kind of toolbars , simply uninstall them if u already installed, 

i saw this problem in one of my friends computer , and also i know something  about these viruses, now i can protect my system from viruses and worms without antivirus ..... it is true...
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ckellett3 12/31/10 5:54 AM
I was directed to bing.  I fixed it by right clicking in the search box and choosing google as default search.  I don't know how it got that way.  it wasn't me.  BING sux!!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! 650038haig 1/2/11 2:47 PM

The Google Redirect virus is a particularly nasty piece of malware and one which is difficult to remove successfully. If you are still having problems with the virus, then this walkthrough will detail how to hopefully remove the virus once and for all, and leave you with a clean, operational computer.A PC that has been afflicted with the Google Redirect virus is easy to diagnose. Put simply, when a user uses Google to perform web searches, the virus creates a dummy results page filled with bogus websites, which when visited will heap further misery on your PC by infecting it with more spyware and malware. The end result will be a PC that is largely unusable, as well as providing unscrupulous web users with an opportunity to scam the unfortunate victim out of money.

Please Check This Website For Steps for Removal of Google Redirect Virus
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! msgudowski 1/11/11 8:24 AM
google is fucking retarded... for the money they make you would think they could make a fucking site worth a fuck
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! crispy 96 1/15/11 12:29 AM
What i am finding not reading all the posts is that i am not on the internet i am on intranet some companies private internet that will not allow me to get any usefull info on anything its like you are targeted by some a holes and there is nothing you can do about it.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! crispy 96 1/15/11 12:30 AM
The real jem is that i cannot get any answers from anyone because i am an undesirable.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! crispy 96 1/15/11 12:33 AM
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! dor123 1/22/11 3:18 AM
Is this thread related to a problem i have often in Google, that when i click the "Google Search" button, its behaves like i clicked the "I"m Feeling Lucky" button, redirecting me to the first result without my desire?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! calebtheredwood 1/25/11 7:19 AM
Make sure you're looking at the address in the URL bar. Make sure it actually says Google.com or where ever you intended to be.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Hotellasuite 1/31/11 2:10 AM
could you see this post and trying to answer to this one

my website's Home Page shows other website - Webmaster Central Help
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! snoopy123 2/4/11 7:05 PM
I know for a fact and you can see it happen yourself. After many many attempts to stop the redirects to include reformat, I found that when it happens, on the bottom left of the browser when you use GOOGLE as the search engine, it goes to a server 7a6c.r.google,com and it doesn't matter what browser you use. When you search from any other search engine, it DOES NOT redirect. That is telling me that the google redirect virus happens when you search from google.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! whenryelwell 2/24/11 1:57 PM
My experience is inline with many others on this thread.

When I click a hit from a Google search, I am redirected to another random search browser or company site (absolutely not what I clicked). There are often pop-ups that will come up behind my main browser window that are completely unrelated to anything I'm searching.  I have seen all basic ones people have listed through this thread -- Scour, etc.

Quite often "google analytics" will be somewhere in the web address of the redirect/pop-up.  Examples links can be provided if needed.  I did not include them because I did not want to set off any spam filters.

This issue has been reported by all other users on the same wireless network.  It is frustrating and causes me to believe the caliber of Google's service is slipping.

I have scanned my Mac for Malware -- none.  And I know that this is *not* a browser or computer specific issue.  The other members of my house are using Windows and Mac computers, as well as an iPod touch.  Each user has been exclusively using one type of browser: My fellow Mac user uses Safari only, he also reports his iPod has been suffering the same issues.  I started experiencing the redirect issues several weeks ago.  Last week I completely reformatted my computer (e.g. "factory restore option").  I have not downloaded anything since -- other than the recommended MacScan malware scanner Google suggested (right before posting this).  I have been getting redirects and pop ups since the restore.  If this is Malware, I'm pretty impressed because it survived a complete reformat, infects multiple browsers and platforms/devices.  Another guess is that if it is malware -- it's tucked itself in on some level higher than our individual computers.  But we each have experienced this redirect/pop-up problem at other locations on other wireless networks.

- for the record, I have no google gadgets, firefox add-ons, and have only ever used "classic search".
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! whenryelwell 2/25/11 7:19 AM
In further research, I found the following thread helpful:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/sites/thread?tid=1d66077705459abe&hl=en

It seems to come closer to what the issue looks like, at least for me, and there appears to be more success with taking down the malware.  More informative and has better explanations of what's probably going on.  Good luck.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Musatov 3/6/11 8:42 AM
209.190.24.12

Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! DeejaySen 3/6/11 5:07 PM
hey dude that just happened to me about like an hr ago..

I fixed it tho'..
Solution; Download Ccleaner. Install it, and run it, clean everything you can with it...
Then go back to google chrome or w.e you use..
enter www.google.com
And it should work :]
Worked for me hope for you too ;D
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! IE8 3/15/11 7:30 AM
Dear Google software engineers: (I´m gonna take a deep breath to speak properly and without insulting you IDIOTS who think you know better and end up fucking up my day, because I start looking for something and you keep redirecting me to google BRAZIL mates! I´m in Argentina you FUCK-UPS!!!).

I´m so pissed off I don´t expect a reply from the google ¨experts¨ (experts my ass, who the fuck thinks this can even work??? We have nowadays offices where people from 5 different countries work, and each of them will want to see google in their language, or if they type WWW.GOOGLE.COM in the address bar, they will want ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!!!!).

But if you ever wake up from this dream you´re in, and feel a bit of decency in your work, you might stand up and change the automatic detection in your ultimately privacy-infringement, nerve-wrecking, bullshit piece of search engine you call Google.

It´s now time to look for the next searcher and give Google The Boot outta this place. (I´m now deleting Chrome and everything google related in my computer). I guess I´ll opt out of GMAIL in the coming weeks.

By stupid little details like this you´re gonna loose the business you succeeded in having for so long. ASSHOLES!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! dana gillespie 4/3/11 7:31 PM
Don't blame it on viruses or malware, google is constantly experimenting and they're trying to run faster than their software will let them. they have figured it takes a person approximately 30 Milliseconds to read a word and 300 Milliseconds for a fast to respond to that word. They are trying to predict what each user will write or search for based on their past actions. They do a pretty good job of it but it's a long way from perfect yet. Also if you search for something you haven't ever searched for before it messes them up because it doesn't fit your profile. Needs a lot more ironing! Dana
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Hidroterm 4/16/11 10:43 AM
I think you are not entering in the real google. I had a virus that show a page like google, but the links pointed somewhere else.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! charlesmoss42 5/25/11 7:27 PM
I don't have the redirect problem until I try to click on one of the sites listed after I do a search.  Usually I get a list of commercial links for something similar but not the site, like tonight the search for memorial day concert.  I think i briefly soved my problem by disabling all the add-ons in IE-9, and the google taskbar and chrome.  Could you guys just provide a simjple, straight search engine like you used to do?  If you need to put some commercial banners on you home page and the search lists, that's fine with me.  Otherwise I guess Ill have to go to dogpatch because i hate3 yahoo.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! hellgate1187 6/4/11 6:04 PM
BETTER QUESTION - Why do google nerds continue to defend google and insist everyone has malware?
Google is a cesspool.......all the crap from people's asses flows into google. Then google processes the crap with their "Google Analytics".......this is why you get "Redirect"

Yes......Google Analytics essentially "Freezes" your web query so it can be processed ......google wants to learn all about you so they can sell your "Habits and prefereaces" to vendors.

Do you get it now?

Not Malware
Not some crazy Ivan
Not the Chinese....

It's Google.......they own it.

What to do?

STOP USING GOOGLE.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! kornus 6/11/11 7:51 PM
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Element25 6/22/11 9:00 AM
Can the redirect virus do any harm to your computer like steal information or money or anything?

i keep getting redirecting to sites like this:

http://www.find-quick-results.com/

i really need help
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! asadsite 6/23/11 5:53 AM
google has become very cumbersome for me to use with the frequent changes to how it searches and having to spend hours keeping up to date every time they think they're smarter than the average bear

can anyone recommend a smaller more user friendly search engine I could try?

one that will accept communications from its users preferably
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! dana gillespie 6/30/11 2:54 AM
I am a computer technician and run a small business. I have had to either put in a new hard drive in a lot of computers. When a computer 'black screens' all functions stop! No mouse no keyboard no screen. The tech has to go in and clear the viruses, malware, directory errors or what ever. The hard drive has to be stripped of everything on it and software put back on it. The ones that are using google chrome or google are a lot better off than those on microsoft, internet explorer. Once you get it up into google most of your infomation can be retrieved. Especially if they have g-mail, they can go back and retrieve what they want because google has saved everybit of it. 

Each to their own and I know google is far from perfect but as far as I'm concerned; if microsoft made a vacuum cleaner it would be the only thing they've got that don't SUCK!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! nicobruno 8/4/11 3:21 PM
I found out that it was an extension in firefox that had been installed without my knowledge.  The extension that had magically appeared was "XUL cache" and after disabling and removing it, I was good to go! 

I, too, ran multiple scans with symantec, Ad Aware, and Malwarebytes and they didn't find this issue.  Good luck to everyone on this...it really cause me a lot of wasted time!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! guin.white 8/14/11 11:33 AM
Switched to Opera. So far, so good. Except that some pages malfunction, so I still have to use Firefox occasionally.

There really is no perfect browser or search engine. Huh.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! tigert911 9/16/11 9:34 PM
ok so you guys are doing quite a lot of work for this trojan. Me and my dad figured out how to get rid of it without doing all that. That is doing a system restore like 10 days back after the search engine went back to normal and no more threats were found hope this helps :)
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! adb101 10/10/11 3:05 PM
if you click catched under the website insted of just clicking the web link than you will be directed to the website you desire!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! adb101 10/10/11 3:08 PM
@Tigert911 how do you do a system restore?
 
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! leonglei 10/19/11 2:20 PM
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic419352.html and the Combofix helped me fixed the problem
Good luck
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! xinga 10/29/11 5:32 AM
i tried another way and it works!!

: if you use google chrome to remove it, it is really easy.
goto option on your google chrome, then click the BASICS. Look for "search"
and change the "search" into "google searh" if you want to.
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ebbixx 11/30/11 6:22 AM
Is there any way to effectively report instances where a particular search appears to have been highjacked? Norton tells me that I'm getting "Web Attack: Exploit Kit Variant 11" from some Polish domain unrelated to the search: https://www.google.com/search?q=hollywood+forever+cemetery

This was pointed out to me be an acquaintance... so far as I know the attempted exploit was successfully blocked in this case. (YouTube TC, original thread: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/youtube/thread?tid=0610481fd19f2ed0&hl=en&fid=0610481fd19f2ed00004b2f43d614002 )
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! nick keane 12/12/11 10:14 AM
if using crome go to settings, click on options and where it says HOMEPAGE change to www.google.com as this might have been chaned by virus, also change the new tab settings, prob similar to other programs such as firefox, just find settings. if this dont work try download avg free antovirus
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! jl5608 12/13/11 1:11 PM
If you are running Windows check the host file located in c:\windows\systems32\drivers\etc\hosts.  Open the file with notepad.  The file should only look like the below example.  If there are other entries with an IP address and google, google is being redirected to that IP address.  Make sure the file isn't read-only (right click on host file and uncheck "read-only") and delete all the entries in the file so it looks like the example.  Google should no longer redirect.

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Carlos Trindade 12/16/11 11:43 AM
Have you from google ever thought a user may NOT want to be redirected despite his IP address ???

I want to use google.com no matter if I'm in India, Brazil, Argentina or any other country. I just don't want to be redirected. I DON'T WANT !!!

Any solution for this problem ?


Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Anup Raman 12/16/11 1:21 PM
Try superantispyware,hitman pro. Both are free and have high rate of success. Other suggestions are malwarebytes, hijack this.

Just in case if these tools failed, try the steps mentioned in http://atechjourney.com/google-redirect-virus-remove-manually.html/. This explains in detail,step by step procedure to remove google redirect manually, if all the tools fail. Hope this will help fixing the problem.

Good luck
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ingenioustech 1/3/12 11:11 PM
Try any of these malware softwares:

http://kaspersky-tdsskiller.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Leo Ferdinand 1/18/12 9:22 AM
Yeah I had the same problem as most of you do but I got this site where I got my process..... of stoping this annoying redirects from google to some random sites but now they have made some sort of sign up which takes 2 mins so not an issue if u are in huge trouble.... http://d5040qwgjsgo6z40ow01m864qd.hop.clickbank.net/
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Leo Ferdinand 1/18/12 9:24 AM
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! randybhere 1/24/12 5:52 PM
It seems everytime I use google chrome i get an alternate sites or redirects as well.  It does not happen when I use internet explorer.  Unfortunately if this continues i will stop using chrome and go back to IE.  It seems to happen only with chrome... any insight?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! bluequoll 1/26/12 7:55 PM
Refer to this thread for further information:
Google Chrome redirecting Google Search to wrong country.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! whalawhalabingbang 2/8/12 4:50 PM
okiedokie

Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! EvergreenBob 2/24/12 1:42 PM
Try my (just found) solution in my post below "Redirect Virus" and let me know if it  also works for you ... this is a Microsoft Product.... and safe to run
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! GeorgeButel 2/25/12 10:41 AM
Next time you post actual links to sites that you know are redirects caused by malware, I suggest that you break the link by adding text in the middle of the link [such as this: [not part of the link]] in order to keep people from clicking on them and possibly getting infected. In other words, if malware directs you to a particular site, it is quite possible that that particular site will get you infected. You may want people to know what it is, but you can do so without creating the possibility either that someone knowledgeable might accidentally click on the link, or that someone who has no idea of the possibility might click on it.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! GeorgeButel 2/25/12 10:52 AM
Anytime you reinstall your OS or remove your resident antimalware program, disconnect from the internet. Save your new antimalware program(s) on an external hard drive (or put it on a data cd) and install it/them before reconnecting--OR--if you don't have that, then, make sure your Windows firewall is ON before reconnecting to go get the appropriate download. The built-in firewall is perfectly adequate for protecting you if you only browse to safe sites like Microsoft's or the major antivirus vendors' sites. The problem in your case is, apparently, your uninstall did not revert the Windows firewall setting to "On," which I have seen happen before.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! JoshTodd 4/6/12 3:51 AM
Worked like a charm! here is the guide: http://www.reallyhowto.com/24-minutes-google-redirect-virus-removal/
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! DISQC 4/21/12 10:26 PM
Hi, I do not have any Malware. I only have a problem with 1 word which is "Disqc". Google auto-"correct" it to "Diseqc" since DiSEqC is a big company or something...

The thing is, DISQC is the name of my website. Is there something that I can do so that name can me recognized as a real name and not as a misspell ?
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! MikeCip84 4/23/12 9:53 AM
I think I'm done with both Firefox and Google...at least for now. Geez, back to Chrome.  


You do realize Chrome is powered by Google right? 
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Ozicik 4/28/12 8:12 AM
There's a program made for this problem you might want to try. Here it is.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! comgeek8888 4/28/12 10:52 PM
About this virus :
Keep Getting redirected to other websites when searching Google?
We Help you how to remove the Google Redirect virus in easy step by step instructions, a manual guide. Google redirect Virus is a virus being discussed too much over Internet for more then 3 years because this malicious virus has infected hundreds of thousands computers around the world. Google redirect virus is actually a browser hijacking tool which leads your search queries to spam websites containing advertisements. Although this virus may redirect your other website links to unwanted webpages and it can do more annoying things with your computer, however it is called GoogleRedirect Virus because it mostly attacks on google search links. This Google Redirect virus thing is mostly caused by an infection of a Trojan known as Tdssserv or Tdsserv-.sys and Trojan Alureon.
Solution:
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! Evian89 5/9/12 10:26 PM
FIX: for CHROME: For me this virus only redirected me while using google chrome. I fixed the problem by going into Settings - Extensions and un-checking the enable box on the default extension. Please note that removing it just brings it back the next time you start up chrome. I have yet to be redirected while keeping this box unchecked. The virus seems to be hiding in the file that the extension is stored in but I am unable to access it. If someone with more knowledge can access that and find way to remove it all together let me know. Hope that helps. Happy searching.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! sangfroidblah 5/10/12 1:06 AM
Thanks, this seems to work for me too.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! JimWalton 5/11/12 8:35 PM
Daniel obviously lives and surfs from the US. So, he doesn't have a problem. Just for the record, Daniel, I've been using the computer since the early 70s, I'm a retired computer engineer, I've taught computer programming, I was a computer security expert for the government, and your idea holds no water.

First, I get results from Google in Korean because I live in Korea. This happens on a brand new computer out of the box, an Apple computer that doesn't suffer from the same malware problem as a PC, my iPad which again doesn't have the problem. This is a Google issue. They have elected to give results based on the IP of your computer, not the language that is default. It has nothing to do with redirection.

There are a lot of workarounds, but they don't work 100%. If I request a book from Google books, it comes up in Korean, over and over again. It is very frustrating and I don't know why Google doesn't address the issue. All they need to do is to provide results based on the default language of the computer rather than the physical location. Not hard.

What we don't need is people like you spreading crap that is meaningless. I would hope you were being facetious, but even if you were, you are misleading a lot of people who are extremely frustrated with this situation.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! comgeek8888 5/12/12 1:55 AM
this happens when your computer is infected with a browser hijacker,, a trojan known as TDSS brings browser hijackers in infected PCS, you can fix google redirect virus problem either manually or by using a legitimate anti-malware tool
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ForesTree 5/16/12 12:21 AM
Similar problem, but only when using latest release of Firefox -- does not happen with IE or Chrome...  Just sayin'...
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! ForesTree 5/16/12 12:33 AM
Just disabled FastestFox in the Add Ons (Select Toolbar, then Add-Ons, Extensions, disable Fastest Fox) -- seems to work...
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! kierfan1 5/22/12 4:30 PM
just use sytem restore. . believe it or not it works. trust me. . .especially if it's your last hope. thank you Jehovah. ;-)
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! TroyMc 6/1/12 6:22 AM
Did you try to use another browser besides the one forwarding you to other sites? I had similar issue with one browser the other two were working ok. I usually use 3 browsers IE, Chrome, FF. You have to clean the browser infected by that plug in. 

Troy@Miami
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! lattice000 6/25/12 9:05 AM
I might found the problem!
1.
I open the hidden file and check the web root in the server
Some malware injected inside my web server.

2.
I remove all the .asa files

3.
restart the IIS server
 
It seems ok now!
I hope this is the solution.

 
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Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! reallytrickydicky 9/27/12 3:35 AM
You can download a very good free disinfectant called TDSSKILLER from Kaspersky Labs, won't necessarily fix the infection, but will identify what is going on. Often enough information is gleaned that will allow you to start in safe mode and edit the registry and start menu etc to remove the malware.
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! funfanatic 9/29/12 9:20 AM
Good.  Thanks!
Re: Google Redirects Me to Some Other Search Engine - Help! somuchluv 11/2/12 12:54 PM
I didn't want to read through all the answers so I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but Malware isn't always the problem... A lot of people don't know that they have Bing set as their default or that the ask.com toolbar is installed. That should be taken care of first before you waste time trying to get rid of something you don't have.
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