Browser Redirect Android “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. “Virus” is a software component that seems to operate in a way similar to most extensions for browsers such as Chrome, IE, Opera, Firefox, Edge, etc. However, unlike most add-ons for browsers out there, this particular piece of software typically does more harm than good which is the reason why the majority of people who encounter it are more than eager to get rid of it as soon as possible. Now, by saying “harm” we don’t mean that this app is going to seriously damage anything on your PC. The most likely effects that it is going to have on your system is it might alter the appearance of your browser by adding a new toolbar, changing its homepage or replacing the default search engine that it used to have. Another potential effect that a hijacker might have is it might redirect you to pages that you didn’t really want to visit or spam ads on your screen that wouldn’t go away no matter how many of them you close. All of this is not directly harmful to your PC and will likely not damage anything for real. However, it is still really irritating to have your browser and Internet settings modified in such a way. Fortunately, dealing with this issue is not as difficult as it is dealing with an actual virus threat such as a Spyware or a Ransomware virus. Sure, there are certain specifics that you’d first need to be aware of but as long as you make sure to follow our instructions that we have posted down below in the removal guide for “Virus”, you should have no problem uninstalling the unwanted app and removing all of its changes and undesirable effects. Also, we believe it is important that you are well informed with the more typical characteristics of this piece of software so that you know how to easily handle other such apps in future and also because being well-informed will help you avoid certain security risks that your PC might get exposed to due to the presence of such ad-generating and page-redirecting software on it. Therefore we advise you to read everything we’ve posted on this page and make use of all the advice and tips that we are about to provide you with. “Virus” “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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).



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 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 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.


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!

Browser Hijackers “Virus” is a software component that can be categorized as a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are actually quite a big and widespread category of software. Many users encounter them daily, oftentimes without even knowing it. Most apps that fall under this category initially appear to function like regular extensions/add-ons for popular browsers like IE, Chrome, Firefox and so on. However, in most cases, their main purpose isn’t to actually provide the user with any helpful and beneficial feature. Instead, most hijackers are developed with the purpose of accumulating income through web ads, page redirects and other similar forms of online advertising. In order to complete their goal, most hijacker apps like are programmed to infiltrate the user’s browser and impose various changes on it so as to facilitate and ease-up their advertising campaigns as well as make them more effective. The new search engine might have added to your browser, for example, might be one that prioritizes sites and pages that the hijacker is trying to promote instead of showing you the most relevant search results – the ones you’d actually be interested in and the ones you’d actually want to view/visit. This is only one example of how a hijacker might simultaneously mess up your browsing experience and try to expose you to promoted content without your permission. We already mentioned the nagging ads-generation, page redirects and other forms of intrusive web marketing. We strongly recommend you keep away from any form of advertising material that this app might put on your screen – the ads shown by browser hijackers might not always be safe and if you click on the wrong one you might even end up getting your computer attacked by malware viruses like Spyware, Ransomware, Trojans, Rootkits and many other similar cyber threats.

Installing bundles

Hijacker apps are oftentimes bundled with other programs as a way of getting them distributed to more users. Normally, they are opted-in by default and it is the user’s job to opt-out of them in order to leave them out of the installation of the main program. Remember that and make sure that you always uncheck the checkboxes from the setup menu that are next to any added apps which you might not want on your PC or else you might land something unwanted like “Virus” on your PC.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers are known for messing with the user’s browser which is how you can detect their presence.
Distribution Method Anything from sketchy ads and spam letters to pirated software and file bundling.
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