How to remove Redirect Virus from Chrome

Last Updated on June 29, 2016

The redirect virus in chrome is nothing new. In fact, it has been around the block for some years. It is basically an extension, web page or an application which when installed in Chrome makes every page redirect to and from a particular website. This website can be a crappy shopping, gambling or any other shady website.

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The Redirect virus itself is not the most dangerous things since the invention viruses, but when combined with uninformed users, it can cause serious harm like password theft, phishing, and loss of other personal information. Basically, what this virus does is that it redirects all your Google searches through another website (not Google) and shows us inappropriate advertisements in between.

An extension of this virus is the Bing redirect virus along with the Yahoo redirect virus. A few people have also reported similar names appear all over the web. In this post, I’ll be discussing a simple and easy method of getting rid of the redirect virus in the Google Chrome web browser. This method might also be applicable to other browsers like Firefox and the Edge browser.

Fixing the Redirect Virus in Chrome

Fixing the damage done by the redirect virus is quite simple. What you have to do is use Google’s official Chrome cleanup tool to reset Chrome’ settings. And, after that, a malware scan using Malwarebytes anti-malware will fix all the problems in your PC.

Using Chrome Cleanup Tool

  • Download the Chrome Cleanup tool from its official website.
  • Click on Run when the security warning shows up while opening the chrome_cleanup_tool.exe file. Accept the UAC prompt.
  • The cleanup tool will automatically remove all the shady extensions, add-ons and web pages present in the Chrome.
  • After that is done, type “chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings” (without quotes)  in the address bar to open the Reset settings dialogue box.

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  • Click on Reset and then restart your PC.

Remove malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware

  • Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
  • Open the file that you just downloaded named mbam-setup- (yours may be slightly different) and install it.
  • After the installation is complete, wait for Malwarebytes to update its database of malware that it knows via the internet.
  • After that is complete, click on Scan Now button and let it automatically remove any unwanted files and viruses (if present) on your PC.
  • Restart your PC.

That’s it. After following all the steps above, your PC will start running normally without the redirect virus making your web browsing impossible. If you face any problem with any of the steps please use the comments section to let me know.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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