The Google Redirect Virus does exactly what it’s name suggests, when a search query is typed in on Google, it redirects the user to a site that either infects the computer with more malicious malware, or provides revenue for the criminals running them.
While a search query seems to return a legitimate list of search results, clicking on them will take you to a completely unrelated website. These results may also direct you to purchase unwanted, unneeded or potentially virus laden ‘fake’ Google Redirect virus removal tools.
The virus is not just a standard ‘virus’ as the title may suggest, and a perhaps more appropriate description would be a ‘trojan’ or rootkit, made up from the notorious TDSS Rootkit.
If you suspect your computer has been infected by the virus, do not use your browser anymore, as the more virus-directed links you click on, the more damage can be done. The list of links that the software directs you to is far too large to mention here, however, a good rule of thumb are websites that look very un-professional, contain spelling mistakes in the URL, or are made up of lots of hyphenated words (eg find-fast-answers.com)
The only way to remove a virus such as Google Redirect is to use a very good Anti-Virus tool. The old analogy ‘you get what you pay for’ holds true here. Free Anti-Virus tools are very often just not up to the task. It would be pruduent to do your research before purchasing, making sure that the tool explicitily states it can remove the virus.