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

The Virus is a browser hijacker – a type of software, which is commonly related to unauthorized changes in your browser settings, homepage and search engine replacements and numerous page redirects. In case that your default browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) has been mysteriously invaded by it, then the information below may be of help. In the next lines, we will explain to you how this program functions and gets distributed over the internet, what it can do to your computer and whether it poses some danger to your system or not. You will also come to know how to uninstall it and protect your PC from such annoying software in the future. The instructions in the removal guide that we have included at the end of this page will show you exactly how to find and remove the unwanted browser hijacker components and clean your browser from the imposed changes, unstoppable ads, new tabs, promotional links and messages. Just make sure you read all the details and carefully repeat the steps shown in the guide.

What is the Virus and what is it used for?

Typically, browser hijackers are online advertising tools that marketers use to display different sponsored ads, webpages and promotional messages directly on the users’ screen. There are many pieces of software with this functionality out there, and the Virus is just one of them, which has recently been reported as a source of browsing-related disturbance to some people. Its developers use this program to generate profits from displaying different sorts of paid advertisements and redirect people to sponsored websites. This practice is better known as Pay-Per-Click, and despite not being illegal, it causes some irritation and disturbance to some online users. The unauthorized changes on the homepage, the replacement of the default search engine and the constant page redirects may appear as shady practices at first sight. This is the reason why many users would rather remove the browser hijacker from their computer then tolerating its ad-generating activities.

However, can this software be referred to as virus and can it be dangerous?

Many users, who experience this kind of browsing disturbance for the first time, may refer to the browser hijacker as some nasty virus. Fortunately, this is not true because programs like the Virus generally do not pose any threat to your system and security. In fact, they don’t even contain harmful scripts like the ones that the real viruses and malicious programs like Trojans, Ransomware and Spyware do. Moreover, none of the typical features of the malware can be related to – it cannot replicate like a virus, cannot steal your credentials or corrupt your system like a Trojan, nor can it encrypt your files the way that a Ransomware cryptovirus would do. That’s why, security experts mostly classify browser hijackers as non-malicious, but still they may be potentially unwanted programs.

A few questionable activities to be aware of:

Despite that browser hijackers significantly differentiate from malware and viruses, they do have some rather questionable capabilities. For instance, they get installed on your computer via software bundles, where most often than not, it is not clearly mentioned that such program is bundled inside the given installer and will be installed along with the software you desire. You need to manually check that through the “Advanced/Custom” option during the installation process and should you fail or forget to do that, or other similar software will most probably get installed on your system without you knowing it. Another disturbing thing is the data tracking activity that the browser hijacker may initiate. It has the ability to track all your online activity – from browsing history and bookmarks to the latest visited pages it may collect data about your searches and send it to third parties and marketers. Not only that, but the constant ad-generating activity may heavily decrease the overall speed of your browser, eat up a fair amount of your CPU resources and internet data while keeping your computer busy with loading useless ads and popping promotional pages. With no doubt, all this could really be enough for you to decide to uninstall the source of that disturbance, and luckily, you have the right removal guide at your disposal for that. We did our best to describe the removal steps as detailed as possible and if you follow them closely, you will face no difficulties to remove from your machine.


Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool Removal

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About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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