Jackie Stewart - PC Help


Google or Yahoo Redirect Virus

Is your browser search redirecting, do you think you have the "Google or Yahoo Redirect Virus" or does your search continually go to advert pages instead of the page you were looking for. If it does then your browser is hijacked at the root.


Follow the steps below to check for and fix the virus

  • Navigate to C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
  • Right click the file named hosts and make sure if you are using XP that you un-check read only or if you are using Vista or Windows 7 then you run as administrator
  • Now open the file with Notepad or Wordpad and delete all look for the line including " localhost" delete any other instances of local hosts with different numbers as these are the re-direct problem
  • Now select save and agree to overwrite the file
  • If the file cannot be wrote over then delete the file using unlocker this will delete files that are being used by other programs and create a new file using the instructions here, this link also has an automatic fix that may work on your system
  • I also suggest you update to a more secure browser try Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 9