Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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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.

Taking care of any potentially unwanted programs that might have ended up on your PC is a necessity if you are to maintain a safe and secure computer system. There are many different types of software that might be considered undesirable and a lot of times this is primarily due to the program’s ability to annoy and obstruct the user. Today, we will be focusing on a piece of software that can be both irritating as well as potentially hazardous if left unchecked. The potentially unwanted program’s name is “Virus” and it falls under the category of Browser Hijackers. Most such applications are notorious for their ability to obstruct the user’s online experience by making unpleasant alterations to their Chrome, IE, Edge or Firefox browser. Usually, Hijackers tend to add new toolbars to the browser, change its homepage, replace its default search engine or trigger random page redirects. Since, as we already mentioned, it is advisable that users remove such potentially unwanted software from their computers, apart from general information regarding “Virus”, here, you can also find instructions on how to uninstall it and fully eliminate the irritating Hijacker. Head down to our removal guide once you’ve finished reading this article if you have “Virus” on your PC and follow the instructions there to quickly and effectively get rid of the pesky software.

What are Browser Hijackers?

It is important to clarify what a Browser Hijacker actually is. Sometimes, it might seem that such a program can actually be useful and helpful for you while in other instances, users might come to the conclusion that their machine has been attacked by some nasty and malicious Trojan horse or Ransomware virus. The truth lies somewhere in between.

While the majority of Browser Hijackers are normally not harmful to the user’s computer and their virtual security, there are certain security risks that may or may not come from such a program. In addition to that, even though many applications the likes of “Virus” might be promoted as being helpful and beneficial to the user, one should bear in mind that the actual functionality of most Hijackers is heavily limited to say the least. The reason for all this is the fact that this sort of software is primarily used for the purposes of online marketing. While in some instances a Hijacker program might indeed possess some sort of useful function, for the most part those applications are solely developed to profit their creators via a variety of advertising techniques (hence, the changes to your browser and the frequent page redirects).

What are the potential security hazards that “Virus” might trigger?

It is fairly obvious that if a program starts to mess with your Internet and browser settings without asking for your permission, then it is probably not the best idea to let this software remain on your computer. The alterations caused by Hijackers are not only annoying but they could also represent potential security risks for your PC. Even though, as we mentioned earlier, most Hijackers are not harmful and would not try to damage anything on your PC, it is still possible that those programs can open up the way into your PC for other, more threatening types of software. For instance, sometimes a page redirect triggered by a Hijacker might actually open some shady and potentially hazardous website. Additionally, many applications of this type tend to mess with the Registry Editor of your PC, which at times could make your machine more vulnerable. We must also mention the fact that it is not unheard of that some Hijackers could also trigger fake warnings or misleading browser offers which could trick the user into installing even more undesirable software. All in all, even though “Virus” Is certainly not some sort of malicious Ransomware or Trojan horse virus, it is still a program that users should be careful with until it’s removed.

What are the most common methods for distributing Browser Hijackers

The bigger the number of PC’s that have the Hijacker installed on them, the greater the overall profit from the developers of the program. This is the main reasons why most Browser Hijacker creators do everything they can to get their products onto as many computers as possible. Various methods are used for the distribution of programs like “Virus”. For instance, the undesirable software can get on your PC if you open the wrong file or link added to a spam e-mail or if you interact with some deceitful and shady browser ad that actually serves as a download link for the Hijacker. Another distribution technique that many users fall for is when the pesky application is added within the installer of other software. Since most people do not pay too much attention to what the optional installs in the setup menu are, the oftentimes tend to miss the fact that there’s actually a Hijacker bundled with the program that they want to install. In order to not make the same mistake, you must always take a look at what’s been added to the setup wizard of software you are about to install on your PC and if any of the bundled applications seem suspicious to you, remove them before clicking on the Install button.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Obstructive and unwanted browser changes and sudden page redirects to random websites.
Distribution Method Obscure browser ads, deceitful Internet offers and pop-ups, spam messages and by bundling the Hijacker with another program (usually with some form of freeware).
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. “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 “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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