Google WebHP Virus
Posted: April 8, 2013
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|First Seen:||April 8, 2013|
|Last Seen:||January 6, 2022|
As a browser hijacker that's unaffiliated with the famous search engine in its name, the Google WebHP Virus redirects its victims – rather unusually – towards a legitimate sub-domain of Google. These redirect attacks appear to be ruses to misdirect victims into trusting the results, wherein the Google WebHP Virus may subsequently create redirects to other sites less trustworthy than Google such as searchab.com. While contact with Google in any form, including through a Google WebHP Virus's attack should not hurt your PC, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers do consider the Google WebHP Virus to be a viable PC threat, and encourage deleting any Google WebHP Virus with whatever anti-malware programs you find to be best suited for the ordeal.
A Free Ticket to a Safe Site... Assuming that's What You Want
The Google WebHP Virus bears a rather unique banner in the ranks of browser hijackers, being one of the few that actually promotes the famous Google – ordinarily, a site that competes with the destinations of browser-redirecting malware like the Google WebHP Virus. Attacks involving the Google WebHP Virus usually involve redirects that trigger after a victim clicks a Google search result, whereupon their browser is forced to load a local version of Google (such as Google.com or Google.ro) and a sub-domain of the same (for instance, Google.com/webhp). It must be emphasized that this is a legitimate sub-domain of Google that does not pose a danger to your computer, but SpywareRemove.com malware researchers are sad to need to stress that the Google WebHP Virus isn't nearly as safe as Google.
As a followup to its Google redirects, a Google WebHP Virus also may continue with additional redirects towards other sites, some of which may be malicious. Sites known to be promoted in the Google WebHP Virus's attacks include search.privitize.com and searchab.com, but others may very well be added in the future. Because the Google WebHP Virus is capable of causing multiple forms of redirects, SpywareRemove.com malware research team suggests avoiding any prolonged usage of your browser until you've deleted the Google WebHP Virus and can resume navigating to Google manually.
Digging the Google WebHP Virus Out of Your Google Searches
All cases of a Google WebHP Virus are dangerous to your computer, but SpywareRemove.com malware analysts encourage you to avoid misidentifying any harmless redirects to Google's WebHP sub-domain as attacks against your PC. As a default landing page that Google uses to redirect PC users from various discontinued Google site services, seeing Google.com/WebHP (or similar web addresses) isn't necessarily a symptom of a Google WebHP Virus infection. Only when you see your browser redirect to Google.com/WebHP (or a similar address) after trying to open your homepage or default search engine should you be concerned about the possibility of a Google WebHP Virus infecting your computer.
The Google WebHP Virus usually does not display any visible components of its software and tends to be installed along with compromised free applications (such as Privitize's Virtual Private Network software). Removing a Google WebHP Virus thoroughly and efficiently usually requires using anti-malware applications, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts also suggest that you keep your browser closed while disinfecting your PC.
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