We were reading some of blogs where we get know about the one of the most spreading malware these days via Internet called the
go.google.com redirects virus which redirects the user browser while browsing to some fake sites containing adsense ads.
Go.google.com mainly redirects the google search results to corrupt adsense web sites and also stops user from downloading files from the Internet. When user clicks on download links go.google.com displays the following fake errors
- Internet explorer cannot open web page
- filename.exe is not a valid win 32 application
- Setup files are corrupted. Please obtain new copy of program
Go.google.com is browser hijacker tool which infects firefox and Internet explorer and redirects the user to the following sites
Let’s see the symptoms of this virus and how can we remove go.google.com on Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Go.google.com also disables the running firewalls and anti-virus softwares, records and send the urls visited to the hacker.
Most common symptoms of go.google.com browser hijacker
- It corrupt Registry files and "Blue Screen of Death"
- It changes the desktop background
- IE and Firefox slows down after getting infected by go.google.com virus
- Also infects e-mail attachments, messenger and other freeware programs
There are two tools available on the Internet which can remove go.google.com virus from Windows XP and Windows Vista
Note: Both of these tools are Shareware programs classified as spyware and antivirus tools which lets you remove the virus completely free of cost, so you can use them in their trail version time period.
For Those who are not able to remove go.google.com virus by above mentioned tools can try Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (MBA-M)
We have received a comment on this post which will again help you remove go.google.com redirect virus given below
Last Method to Remove Go.google.com virus
Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > View > Show Hidden Devices.
Scroll down to “Non-plug and Play Drivers” and click the plus icon to open those drivers.
Then search for “TDSSserv.sys”
Right click on it, and select “Disable”
Note: If you select Uninstall, it will install itself again when you reboot the system, so DON’T select Uninstall.
Restart your pc.
You can now update your Antirus/Malware/Rootkit softwares and the go.google rubbish will stop.
Its now up to the Anti-Virus/Malware/Spyware companies to make an effort to stop this, and not rely on simple basic home PC user’s like myself to save the world
In simple terms, TDSSserv.sys is a service/server redirecting all software updates to 127.0.0.1 (your own computer) so they won’t update
Thanks Bomp for this useful comment
See also our articles on Virus Removal
If still none of the above methods worked to remove the virus on your computer then you can try Trojan Remover which can finally delete this virus on your computer ( as suggested by some of the readers )
Updated on 12 Jan 2010:
Another Method To Fix Go.google.com redirect problem:
There is Malware Removal tool called Combofix which can fix this go.google.com virus if the above methods are not working for you. Beware that its a DOS based tool and do not interrupt the tool while it is running as it may cause problems with registry entries. Be sure that you are not running any softwares while running scan using Combofix.