How to Fix Redirecting in Internet Explorer

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Redirecting in Internet Explorer is caused by a type of virus, usually referred to as a redirect virus, which redirects your Internet searches to random websites. Perhaps the most common redirect virus is the virus. In addition to redirecting your Internet searches, redirect viruses may change your Internet homepage, change your desktop wallpaper and slow your computer. Fortunately, as a Windows user, you have a few tools available at your fingertips to help you remove redirect viruses.

Turn Off System Restore

  • Click on the "Start" menu and then right-click on "Computer" and select "Properties."

  • Click on "System Protection."

  • Click on the "(system)" drive and then click "Configure."

  • Check the box next to "Turn off system protection" then click "OK."

Run Software Removal Tool

  • Go to the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool homepage.

  • Click on "Download."

  • Click "Run." The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will automatically scan your computer for known viruses that affect the Windows operating system and remove them.

Run Your Antivirus Program

  • Open your antivirus program. Alternatively, you can download AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, Windows Defender, or Avast Free Antivirus.

  • Update your antivirus program. Most antivirus programs make protections available for new threats within a few hours of discovering the new threat. However, this effort is all for nothing if you fail to update your antivirus program.

  • Run a full scan of your computer using your antivirus program.


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