Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A very common problem that many users complain about is the one caused by browser hijackers like “Virus”. Sudden page redirects, homepage or search engine replacements, intrusive ads, pop-ups and new tabs keep taking over their Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other default browser that they are using, leaving them with no option to browse the web in peace. These pieces of software can be surprisingly intrusive and can really turn one’s online experience into a nuisance. Fortunately, there is a quick and effective way to remove them and in the next lines we are going to show you how to do that. On the end of this page, you will find a detailed removal guide, which is specially assembled to help you uninstall “Virus” and remove all of the annoying changes it has probably imposed to you. If you have been invaded by this program, then read the further information to get a better idea about the way it operates, and feel free to use the instructions below for its successful elimination. “Virus” – a slight browsing disturbance or a dangerous virus? “Virus” is a program, which is capable of creating an incredible browsing-related disturbance. Due to its intrusiveness, however, it has often been referred to as a virus. But is it really that dangerous? Let’s take a look at the actual malicious programs like Trojans, viruses and Ransomware and a browser hijacker like “Virus”. One major difference between the real types of malware and the browser hijackers is the purpose they have been created for. With no doubt, the aim of the computer viruses is to do some harm to the users’ machine. No Trojan or Ransomware has ever been created to do good for you or provide you with some useful functionality. These malicious pieces will most probably compromise your system and your privacy, blackmail you for money, steal your credentials or even destroy your entire system. Nothing as such can be done by a browser hijacker. A program like “Virus”, for example, is normally used as an online advertising tool. Everything that it does is with the sole purpose of gaining profits for its developers via online advertising. Yes, this program may use some rather aggressive methods to expose you to certain sponsored promotions, services and products, however, as far as your security is concerned, there will be no harm neither to your data nor to your computer. In fact, “Virus” is legally developed piece of software, widely used for the purposes of the online marketing industry. It will never hide inside your system unlike the malware, which is always illegal and mostly employed for different criminal purposes. Therefore, you cannot really consider a browser hijacker to be a virus. It will be more accurate to refer to it as a potentially unwanted program. Why? Let’s find out in the next paragraph.

Potential issues related to browser hijackers…

We already made it clear that the browser hijackers do not represent a security threat to your computer. However, this doesn’t mean that they are something that you would like to keep on your system. Security experts classify these pieces of software as potentially unwanted and there are a few good reasons for that. First of all, the unauthorized implementation of different modifications to the browser (replaced homepage, changed search engine, new toolbars installed, page redirects, new tabs and ads) can really interfere with the normal users’ browsing activity. The affected browser may also face some issues like sluggishness, frequent crashes and freezing, which may additionally decrease the quality of the online experience. Another quite invasive practice is the data tracking that these programs tend to perform. “Virus”, and any other browser hijacker, may be used to collect “traffic data” such as the users’ browsing history, frequently visited web pages, bookmarks and latest searches. This is usually done for marketing purposes, but some people may really not be OK with the idea to have their browsing activity tracked. That’s why, they may often prefer to uninstall the intrusive software and save themselves from being monitored.

If you also want to bring your browser back to normal and get rid of the browsing disturbance that “Virus” may cause, you can easily uninstall it from your system with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. Once you do that, beware of such programs in the future and keep them away from your PC by avoiding their most frequent sources like software bundles, different free installers, spam, torrents, shareware platforms, ads and too-good-to-be-true offers.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Replaced homepage, changed search engine, new toolbars installed, page redirects, new tabs and ads.
Distribution Method Software bundles, different free installers, spam, torrents, shareware platforms, ads and too-good-to-be-true offers.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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