So, I have a difficult version of the Google Redirect Virus. When i search something on Google (i use chrome and Wind 7 btw) it lags and in the bottom left hand part of the screen it says something like "Waiting for raresearchsystem.com..." If i wait it sends me to an ad sight or somewhere else. While its lagging (before the ad sigh comes), i can go up to the searchbar and hit enter again, re-affirming my command to go to a certain website and it then listens correctly. Essentially, i have to search it and then re send it. I have searched for this, but when i search raresearchsystem removal on google it only brings me to a bunch of posts by a company wanting you to download their software, but there are never any posts from real people concerning whether it works or not. I dont want generic responses, i want actual responses for help. So, it gets worse. I have tried the TDBS Removal App. and going to the device manager and looking for the thing there. it was not there. both of these failed methods listed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdfLJuAi5o http://www.ehow.com/how_5842581_remove-google-redirect-virus.html I have tried going to windows/system 32/drivers/etc/ and then opening the host document with the notepad. there is extra content at the bottom to delete but when i try to delete the extra line, it will not let me save, stating that i have to contact the system administrator. Even when i check all the admin settings to ensure i should have full admin access, even when i turn it off, the hosts notepad still will not let me save. Here is what my notepad looks like Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows. # # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. # # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol. # # For example: # # 126.96.36.199 rhino.acme.com # source server # 188.8.131.52 x.acme.com # x client host # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself. # 127.0.0.1 localhost # ::1 localhost <---- this line i cannot delete. Line above i cant delete and save. Also, curiously, there was extra user in my Credentials Manager file called VIRTUALAPP/DIDLOGICAL . I deleted it of course, but am worried someone has access to my computer. A link regarding this Credential manager user issue is: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...dlogical/40467173-a75a-44b2-8617-5aa7a0479925 A link for how to remove the typical google redirect virus is: http://www.youtube.com/user/650038haig#p/u/29/TLVifFbLIso I am not a computer wizz by any means. The only reason i have learned to attempt to try these things is from researching articles online. So if someone can give me advise, please try to go step by step in a really clear, 'computers for dummies' type of way. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!