Stop Redirect

I just hope that people here can give me quick advice on how to stop redirect. Each time I used Google to search the Internet, InfoMash hijacks the result and redirect my browser to different web sites. I never had this problem before until one day it just appears after I accidentally clicked on an email link.

Now that this hijacker in on my PC, I am worried that there are other threats aside from InfoMash. I have run a scan using my free AVG and it detected nothing. Then I scan the system with Spybot, but still it came out clean. Is InfoMash not a virus or any kind of threat?

If it is a legit program, why does it does not have option to be removed from Add/Remove program of Windows control panel. By the way, I am using Windows XP with service pack 3.


  1. drock

    Hi, this ‘infomash’ thing hit my computer and I really do not know if it is a virus or some kind of malware. Some says it is a browser hijacker. Anyway, you can try the step I take to deal with this thing. I have tried every tutorial found on other site but none of them works. First, you do not have to spend for the removal process because I have done it for free.

    Here is my steps for InforMash removal.
    1. Download Rkill – this is a tool designed to delete adware and malware.

    2. Download Malwarebytes Antimalware – another software that is popular in fighting malware and other types of threats.

    3. Once you download the programs, reboot the computer in Safe Mode with networking. You can do this by pressing the F8 on your keyboard right after you turn on the computer.

    4. When Windows is running on Safe Mode, please run the two programs. Malwarebytes however requires installation. You also need to update the database.

    5. Scan your computer with Rkill first. Then run a scan using Malwarebytes. You should delete all identified threats.

    6. Restart the computer normally and run another set of scan.

    That step should remove InforMash browser hijacker.

  2. Mark

    I’ve run Malwarebytes in safe mode, and the hijacking continues. Any ideas?

  3. petebradley

    @Mark, may I know which browser is affected? There are different ways of removing redirect for various browsers. In the meantime, you may try this typical method.

    1. Open Windows Control Panel.
    2. Choose Programs (Uninstall a Program).
    3. It will open a list of installed programs, find or any related term and click on ‘Uninstall’.

    Remove in Internet Explorer:
    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Go to Tools > Options.
    3. On General tab, proceed to ”Change search defaults” and click the “Settings” button.
    4. You will see a list of search providers. Select your desired search provider and click the button “Set as default” to replace
    5. You may now remove from the list.

    Remove in Mozilla Firefox:
    1. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet Browser.
    2. On Google’s Search box, click the “arrow down” beside the logo.
    3. Select “Manage Search Engine” from the drop-down list.
    4. Choose your desired search default (like Google) and click the button “Move up.” It should be on the top of the list to set it as default.
    5. You can now remove other installed search engine.

    Remove in Google Chrome:
    1. Open Google Chrome.
    2. Click on the Wrench icon on top right corner of the browser.
    3. Choose “Settings” from the drop down list.
    4. Select “Basics.”
    5. Click on “Manage search engines” under SEARCH settings area.
    6. Hover your mouse to a preferred search engine and click “Make default.”
    7. You can now remove by clicking on the X mark.

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