Google Redirect virus manifests itself by hijacking browser controls and influencing internet traffic. It operates mainly on the functions of Google Chrome, where it can access personal information you store on a website and lead you to unwanted pages with a lot of advertising.
If your web browser opens unselected pages, advertising pop-ups, or detects unusual Google activity, it's likely that this virus has infiltrated your computer.
It is an annoying virus because it alters your browsing flow, opens pages and unwanted advertising. More importantly, it is dangerous because it can access your private browsing data and even ask you for money at some point to unlock certain features.
To begin with, you can run a general antivirus scan to see if it can detect the problem.
It is recommended that you download and install one of the following malware search add-ons in addition to the antivirus: Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, Spybot Search & Destroy, Norton Power Eraser, NOD32 Antivirus or Kaspersky, among others.
It is a program specially created to eliminate this type of virus, browser hijackings, PUPs and adware. In addition, it has more security functions, such as continuous protection, that is, it continues to detect risks with every movement on the Internet, not only when you perform a scan.
You can download it here and see more details about how it works.
AdwCleaner is the most popular tool for removing this type of virus. Download it, install it and activate the scan function. The program will clean your computer of any malicious files.
You can download it here and find more details about how it works.
It is important that you check the malware that may have been installed on your browser.
1. Go to Finder > Go > Applications
2. Check all the applications you have installed, find out if you have any with the name Chrome Redirect or Google Redirect, and delete them (Move to Trash). We recommend that you also delete any recent applications that may be suspicious since the virus can be downloaded in the package of any other app.
3. Go back to Finder > Go > Utilities > Activity Monitor. A list of all the activities taking place on your computer will be displayed.
2. Follow the same steps as above, but go to the section of installed extensions. Go to the Menu (three dots) > More Tools > Extensions. Disable all that you find suspicious.
3. Restart the initial settings of Google Chrome. Go to Menu (three dots) > Settings > Advanced > Reset Settings. Select Restore settings to their original defaults. Finally, close the browser and restart Chrome.
While the Google Redirect virus acts primarily on Chrome, we recommend that you do this same process on all browsers you may be using on your computer, such as Safari or Firefox.
The menu may change a bit from one browser to another but in summary, the most important steps to clean up any browser are as follows:
1. Clear all stored data, history, cache and cookies.
2. Check the extensions installed in that browser.
3. If possible, reset the initial settings of the browser.