Google Redirect Virus Removal

The Google Redirect Virus is also known as TDL, TDSS, Tidserv, Backdoor.Tidserv or Alureon. It is a very unpleasant piece of malicious software (malware) which hijacks your browser and redirects it when you try to follow search result links from search engines like Google. Alureon also serves misleading pop-up ads and installs a backdoor into your computer that hackers can use to access your system.
Although colloquially known as a virus, it doesn’t meet the technical definition of the term according to security experts. Instead of “the Google Redirect Virus,” Alureon should more accurately be called “the Google Redirect Trojan.” This is an important distinction, as it tells us something about how Alureon spreads.
A virus can only infect your computer if you open or run the executable file that it’s attached to. If this doesn’t happen, the virus can’t infect your computer. It could remain on your hard drive indefinitely without being able to do any harm. Once it’s active, however, a virus can make copies of itself without human intervention.
A Trojan is similar to a virus, with the difference that it can’t copy itself. A Trojan like Alureon can infect your computer only if you download and install an infected file. This means that for your computer to become infected with Alureon, whatever file the Trojan is attached to must be run or opened.
Just like the Trojan Horse that it’s named for, however, a malicious Trojan cunningly disguises its threat as something interesting or useful. In the case of Alureon, the Google Redirect Trojan, it’s usually disguised as a video codec, a movie torrent or a cracked copy of a popular video game.
Getting rid of Alureon can be tricky. As it’s a Trojan, your main anti-virus software may not detect it or remove it fully. Using an anti-malware utility that’s designed specifically for this kind of threat may be more effective for Google redirect virus removal.