Browser Redirect “Virus” Pop-Up 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 the “virus.” These “virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. NOTE: The “virus” is a “browser hijacker.” A browser hijacker can do all the things you have already seen: the redirects, opening of new tabs, etc. BUT it is important to note it is not considered a virus at all. So the “virus” is definitely not considered as such by specialists. If this were the case, we assure you – you would have been in much more than trouble. Your is simply a bad marketing strategy that borders on illegal, but does not cross the boundary. So the “virus” should not be called a virus at all.

Until now you have probably read loads of information on malware and anti-virus programs. If you are an IT specialist or have computers as a one of your hobbies, you are most likely excellently familiar with all types of malware. Though you might not have a first-hand experience with them, you have for sure at least heard of them. The main purpose of this article is to inform you, to give you more information about Even if it is something you have already gone through, we advise that you still read through it as there is always something new a person could learn.

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First of all, it is essential to say that is not even considered to be a malware. For some it is just another software. However, its good and innocent behavior at times is only a camouflage. is a virus and it spreads more easily and quietly, and quickly than one would imagine.

Second, is mostly spread through Chrome. Why? Statistical data prove that Chrome is the most used internet browser of all and that its settings make it most appealing to the virus. Mozilla Firefox have different settings where one cannot watch a video pr a movie anymore because it does not allow a flash. You have to obtain it through a third-party. Internet Explorer is the oldest web portal of all. Therefore, not as well care of or updated. Its weakness in operation makes it a very easy target for hackers.

Third, and speaking about downloading files — a very popular way to get on your computer is through software bundling. This happens in the process of you downloading a file, but using the automatic downloading settings. While downloading the file you actually want and need, you end up downloading a bunch of other programs that you don’t need and that are most frequently an adware carrier. You may not even realize that you have gotten them on your computer until you experience slowness of operation of the overall performance of the computer, glitches, bugs, etc.

Fourth, may get installed on your computer when you open an infected e-mail attachment or if a friend of yours has gotten his account hacked, then it is extremely easy for yours to follow its ‘destiny’ and along with that to get on your device. Phishing e-mails fall under the same “catalog”. It appears like a normal letter, but its content is either weird or it is not there at all. You need to remove the name of the sender of this e-mail off your contact book and inform them as soon as possible, through another channel and not e-mail,that their account has been hacked. Social media channels could also be a malware carrier!

Fifth, if you have observed that there are too many advertisements on the websites you visit often, then is manifesting itself to you. If your work gets cut by too many pop-up ads that may appear as banners –top, bottom, left, right on your website–or flashing boxes, or an ad box right in the middle of your page without any chances of manually removing it, then you’ve definitely gotten the virus.

Sixth, browser redirecting is another huge sign of the presence of the adware. You sit down and start using Chrome, but suddenly Mozilla opens up, or simply additional tabs and you keep trying to close them, but unsuccessfully.

Each of the sections is dedicated to enriching your general knowledge for this kind of threat. Free programs,especially, are known to carry it. Rarely anything that comes for free is the best option! During the setup you might be asked if you want to install a gratuity program. If you weren’t too alert at that moment and simply clicked yes, then look no further, you got the hijacker and it needs to be uninstalled. The removal guide will take you through the necessary steps to accomplish this successfully.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms You are redirected to automatically. A large amount of pop-ups leading to the website are displayed.
Distribution Method Primarily rogue free software downloaded from illegitimate sources, torrents. Possibly malicious spam e-mail attachments.
Detection Tool Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection you need to purchase the full version. Removal

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

This was the first preparation.


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
a professional malware removal tool.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.


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.


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 from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 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.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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

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