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Ame.avira “Virus” Redirect Removal (March 2019 Update)

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

If you landed on this page, you have probably been disturbed by a browser hijacking program called Ame.avira “Virus”. This program, as well as any browser hijacker in general, is able to impose some changes to your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser (such as homepage or search engine replacements, ads, banners, and pop-ups generation, installation of new toolbars) and make it redirect you to various ads.

However we would like to strongly emphasize on something important first – the legitimate Ame.avira redirects to a software offer from a well reputed source. However we have encountered numerous reports and complains from our readers referring to a rogue browser hijacker pretending to be legitimate Ame.avira! Our article is dedicated to removing this threat, thus called Ame.avira “Virus”.

Having this software on your computer and being forced to deal with its changes and ads may not be as dangerous as a virus or a malware infection, but it isn’t the nicest thing either. That’s why, for those of you, who want to remove the nagging pop-ups and restore their browser settings, we have prepared a detailed removal guide. Its instructions will help you uninstall Ame.avira “Virus” and rid your system of all of its traces. But first, lets us tell you a few more words about the browser hijackers and their typical behavior, so you can learn how they spread and how to protect your PC in the future.

What are browser hijackers and what are they used for?

There is one special type of programs on the web, whose main purpose is to “hijack” the users’ browser by applying certain changes to it, and this way, ensuring a constant redirection to various promotional messages, ads, banners, links and web pages. These programs are generally categorized as browser hijackers and, judging by its behavior, Ame.avira “Virus” can also fall in this category. When this program operates on your computer, you may see a stream of nagging advertisements that get displayed directly on your screen. What is more, by integrating an ad-generating component inside your browser, Ame.avira “Virus” may replace the homepage or the search engine of your default browser with some unfamiliar one and may automatically redirect most of your searches to certain sponsored pages, full of intrusive pop-ups.

All these browser modifications and ads-generations are basically done with one idea – to make you click on the displayed offers. The people, who benefit from this invasive ads-exposure, are usually the ones who own the browser hijacker. They are mostly vendors, advertisers, and marketers, who try to bring traffic to their sites and promote their services and products by aggressively prompting the users to see them. Programs like Ame.avira “Virus” are just the tools, which help them bring the ads directly on the users’ screens and ensure exposure to as many offers as possible.

Ame.avira “Virus” Removal

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 Ame.avira “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 Ame.avira “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ame.avira “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!

The constant flow of ads and page redirects may contain some hidden hazards…

According to the law, the activities that Ame.avira “Virus” and the similar browser hijackers initiate are legitimate. They do not aim to harm the users’ computers, therefore, the security experts do not consider them as dangerous as the virus infections or the Trojan-Ransomware attacks. However, there are certain risks, which the browser hijackers may indirectly expose you to, and we won’t be really accurate if we don’t mention them.

What we have in mind here are the sketchy ads, randomly generated pop-ups and the unfamiliar pages you may get redirected to. It is well known that this type of content is often used by the hackers to spread malicious infections like Trojan horses, Ransomware cryptoviruses, and other nasty computer threats. Any hacker with malicious intentions can very easily insert a misleading link or a fake ad inside the stream of ads that gets displayed on your screen. Unfortunately, the chance of you clicking on such malicious transmitter without knowing is very high, especially if you have to deal with tens of different ads that the browser hijacker constantly throws at you. Not to mention the irritation, the sudden redirects and the frequent browsing disturbance you may have to endure. All this is usually enough for a lot of people to feel heavily irritated by programs like Ame.avira “Virus” and to eagerly seek for ways to uninstall them in order to remove their nagging popping messages.

Safety tips:

Browser hijackers are widely distributed across the web space as some of the most effective and aggressive online advertising tools. They are often found in spam messages, emails with attachments, free download links, torrents and free automatic wizards, but most commonly they are bundled inside different installers and usually can become part of your system when you run a given setup without customizing it. That’s why we strongly advise our readers to carefully read the EULA before installing any new software on their system and to always run the setup through the “Advanced/Custom” installation option.


Name Ame.avira Virus
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Homepage or search engine replacements, ads, banners, and pop-ups generation, installation of new toolbars on your browser. 
Distribution Method This software is often found in spam messages, emails with attachments, free download links, torrents and free automatic wizards, but most commonly is bundled inside different installers.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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