Installer Virus Symptoms
The Google installer virus is a very damaging infection if left unchecked. Like all Trojans and rootkits, this one can steal personal information, stop your Internet from working and crash your computer as well, not to mention infect all other computers that may be on the local network. Some of the specific actions that the underlying Trojan/Rootkit are known for include:
- Browser takeover, which redirects address bar entries to advertising pages and malware infected websites and excessive pop-ups of the same advertisements.
Additionally, the Chrome browser eventually crashes with the error message stating, “"GoogleInstaller.exe" has encountered a problem and needs to close," with recurrences of the message every few minutes. This is why the infection received the name “Google Installer Virus."
- Inability of the user to visit security advice blogs, forums, or websites and the user's inability to download any files
Even if files are downloadable, they are corrupted, meaning the user is either unable to run them or execution of the files causes the browser or computer to hang or crash. This is especially true of anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Additionally, any security program already installed on the computer may not open and if it does, hangs until the process must be ended with the Task Manager.
The installer virus is not limited to these specific activities; they are simply some of the most common actions taken by the Google Virus. However, if any of these symptoms appear, the computer with these symptoms probably has the Google installer infection and the user should perform an infection removal immediately to prevent any further damage.