Redirect is the internet search virus. Redirect Virus can install via other malware program, peer to peer application, movie download, share file, email attachment and social sites. Redirect alters the registry file and install exe and also install background process which could harm your system. It also changing the host file and hijack the internet browser. Redirect virus also secretly transfer private information to other advertising site. Most of rogue Anti-Spyware like Redirect are nearly impossible to remove manually as it does not let you download other genuine security software. To fix your pc yourself and remove infection program like Redirect simply follow these steps.

How to remove Redirect Steps :

Step 1:Print out these instructions as you will need to shutdown the computer in next step.

Step 2:Now power down the Redirect infected computer. And wait for 30 Seconds before you turn on

Step 3:Now please turn ON the computer and immediately keep hitting F8 until you see WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU as shown below. Redirect - F8 Key

Step 4:In the WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU, go down to the SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING using the arrow keys on the board. Then press ENTER on the keyboard. This will take your computer to Safe mode. Safe Mode will cause the display and desktop icons to appear changed. This is normal. No need to Panic as it is due to Redirect. Redirect - Safe mode Option

Step 5:This, Redirect, infection may change computer windows settings to use a proxy server that will not allow you to browse any pages on the Internet with Internet Explorer. We will first need to fix this as we will need to download malware removal utilities. They are safe and very reputed in Computer Industry. Now hold down the WINDOWS key and then press the R key. Redirect - Run command Prompt

Step 6:The RUN dialog box will appear. Type iexplore.exe In the RUN dialog and click OK button. Redirect - Run command Prompt

Step 7:You will see Internet Explorer. On the top navigation click TOOLS then under the sub-menu of TOOLS choose INTERNET OPTIONS as shown below. Redirect - IE Option

Step 8: Now find the CONNECTIONS tab within the INTERNET OPTIONS dialog box and click on it. Then click the LAN SETTINGS button. Redirect - LAN settings

Step 9:If there is a check-mark in the box named “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, under the PROXY SERVER section, then uncheck the box. If there is not a check mark located in the box then you can skip this step and move on to next step. Redirect - proxy

Step 10:Now hit the OK button to close the LOCAL AREA NETWORK dialog box. Then press the OK button to close the INTERNET OPTIONS dialog box.

Step 11Now we must end all the processes that belong to Redirect so that it does not interfere with your ability clear your computer. Inspector-[random char].exe and Protector-[ random char].exe are the processed that needs to be stopped. To do this we need to download Rkill, developed by Bleepingcomputer to help stop the computer process of Redirect. Now please hold down the WINDOWS key and the R key simultaneously to open RUN dialog box. Redirect - Run command Prompt

Step 12Now type “iexplore.exe” and hit the OK button. Redirect - Rkill

Step 13:Save the Rkill.exe on your desktop. Double-click the Rkill icon and run Rkill.exe. You will see a black MS DOS dialog box. Now it will kill all the processes of Redirect. It will take several minute before a Notepad file containing log information on what Rkill found will open. You may review it and close notepad file.

Step 14:Now you are ready to removal all the infection related to Redirect. For the you need to Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a very popular malware and spyware removal application. Now please hold down the WINDOWS key and the R key simultaneously to open RUN dialog box. Type “iexplore.exe” and hit the OK button. Redirect - Malwarebytes

Step 15:Save the mbam.exe on your desktop. Double-click the Malwarebytes icon and run mbam.exe. Now the SELECT SETUP LANGUAGE dialog box will appear. Select your preferred language and hit press OK button. Redirect - Malwarebytes Language

Step 16:The Malwarebytes SETUP WIZARD will show blow screen Hit the NEXT button to continue. Redirect - Malwarebytes Wizard

Step 17:Now the LICENSE AGREEMENT screen will appear as shown. Accept the agreement and hit NEXT button.
How to remove Redirect - Malwarebytes License Agreement

Step 18:Now the Information screen will appear. Click on next button and continue following the steps.
How to remove Redirect - Malwarebytes Information

Step 19:SELECT DESTINATION LOCATION screen will appear now. You can choose the location where Malwarebytes can be install. We recommend to choose the default location as shown then click NEXT button.
How to remove Redirect - Malwarebytes Install path

Step 20:Now the SELECT START MENU FOLDER screen will appear. Let the default as it is and click NEXT button.
How to remove Redirect - Malwarebytes Folder

Step 21:Now the SELECT ADDITIONAL TASKS screen will appear. If you want a Desktop Icon or Quick Launch icon then check appropriate boxes.
How to remove Redirect - shortcut

Step 22:READY TO INSTALL screen will come next. Hit the INSTALL button to install Malwarebytes.
Remove Redirect - Ready to Install

Step 23:In this step let the UPDATE and LAUNCH checked as it is to update the application with latest malware definition to capture all the malwares then click FINISH button.
How to remove Redirect - Updates

Step 24:Once update is done then Scanner screen will launch. Make sure to select PERFORM FULL SCAN is selected to clean up Redirect infection. Click on SCAN button to start the scan.
How to remove Redirect - full scan

Step 25:Now choose the local drives that you want to scan from the dialog box and click SCAN button.
How to remove Redirect - drive

Step 26:Be patient as the scan will take several minutes before it cleans up Redirect infection. Once the scan is finished, a message box saying the scan is complete will appear. Click OK button to close the box then click SHOW RESULTS button.
How to remove Redirect - drive

Step 27:From results dialog box choose REMOVE SELECTED button to remove all the infections found. Malwarebytes will also delete all of the files and registry keys affected by Redirect and add them to the quarantine. Redirect - quarantine

Step 28:Malwarebytes may required you to reboot the PC to complete the removal of Redirect. After completion reboot your computer Malwarebytes will be relaunched, please follow the instructions on the screen and continue the removal process. Once everything is clean out a log will be open created by Malwarebytes. Please reviewed it and closed it. Now your computer should be free of Redirect. Enjoy. Redirect - Complete

Technical Details of Redirect files :
You need to delete following Redirect files:

%System%\drivers\[ random].sys

Also please delete Redirect registry file:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\CustomizeSearch[ Redirect]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\CustomizeSearch[ Redirect]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar[ Redirect]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\[random]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell [random].exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ForegroundLockTimeout [random]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Redirect
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Redirect
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DontShowMeThisDialogAgain
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Redirect Symptoms:

Instability of PC.
Inability launch browser and redirect to Redirect site.
Slower PC performance PC due infection of Redirect.

10 Thoughts on “ Redirect Virus Removal

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  2. I have one problem. This virus had disabled my internet. How do I get it running so I can download the programs?? Please anyone help.

    • Andrea,
      Please contact our support staff. They will be able to hep you. Restore or checking your setting would help you. Also try hard wire instead of wireless. Good luck.

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