What's worse it that you can't download the regular virus-removal tools because when you click to download one, you get a page that says "Google Error. Not Found. The requested URL /Files/ProcessExplorer.zip was not found on this server". NOTE: This came up when I tried to download Process Explorer to stop services. See below:
Also, if you already have tools available, they close shortly after opening.
Here's how to remove it:
1) Edit the hosts by going to Start > Run... and entering the following:
2) Scroll down a little ways and delete everything at the bottom. It's going to be a bunch of garbled text. After deleting, then save the changes.
NOTE: If you're not comfortable with this, you can try HostXpert, but you'll have to download it on another computer and transfer it to the infected computer before you can use it. Just run it and click "Restore MS Hosts File"
4) Run "nothing.exe" and accept everything it wishes to do and you'll be virus-free soon. It may require a restart.
Sometimes an extra step is needed if you lose your internet connection after performing these steps. Right-click the My Computer icon and go to Properties. Click on the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button. In the list under Network Adapters you'll see two copies of each of your network devices. Uninstall the copy without the exclamation point next to it -- it'll remove both copies from the list. Then go to Action > Scan for hardware changes. Windows should detect your network device drivers and get you going again.