I have one of the Google redirect viruses and would like help removing it, please! It doesn't behave consistently and right now seems to only affect my Google Chrome Browser. At the time I got infected, I had both Chrome and Firefox open. So far, Firefox has exhibited no symptoms. I'm afraid to open Internet Explorer for fear of doing something to infect it so I've left it alone. Also, am I correct thinking that it would be bad to back-up my photos to my external shared hard drive until this is resolved?
I am running Windows vista and a very old version of Norton Internet Security (current virus definitions) which I've been meaning to change to McAffee.
The redirecting is very inconsistent. If I Google and right-click to open a link, I have never had it redirect. If I do a regular click on a link on the Google page, it redirects maybe 2/3 of the time, however the odd thing is that if I then use the "back" feature, I am suddenly back at my original search page *but* searching in secure mode. It adds the "https:" when I hit back and subsequent searches don't seem to redirect, though I only played with that aspect for a few minutes.
When the search does redirect, I've seen at least two different sites that it redirects to before redirecting me yet again to an IP address. Once or twice it seemed to go to a named site and stay there without going through another site, however that was when I was first realizing that I was being redirected and I may have missed something.
Many of the redirects seem to go through:
and end up at one of these:
There was at least one redirect that did not use click.get.answers-fast.com, but it changed to an IP so quickly that I wasn't able to catch what it was.
I have already done the following:
1. checked host file for additional entries
2. checked DNS and IP address settings to make sure they were both set to obtain address automatically
3. checked that no proxy settings were being used
I would really appreciate help in removing this virus!