Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (August 2017 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.

If you have noticed rather strange behavior on your computer lately, mainly when you try to browse the web and you’ve tied that to a program called “Virus” – then you’ve come to the right place. The odd behavior likely includes the increased number of ads in your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or other popular browser, such as banners, popups, box messages and seemingly random in-text links. In addition, your browser’s homepage and default search engine may have been changed to new ones. And what’s even more frustrating is that you won’t be able to change them back to those you were used to having before. That is, until you’ve removed the program responsible, namely “Virus”. And luckily for you, we have just the thing necessary to do that. Below this article you will find a detailed removal guide with instructions on how to locate and delete all of the files related to this browser hijacker. But before you head over to the guide, we do recommend you spend a couple of minutes to read the information that follows.

What do browser hijackers do and why?

To most, the presence of a hijacker on their computer comes as a complete surprise and not a pleasant one at that. The suddenness of all the changes and lack of information in this field often leads to people thinking they’ve been attacked by a “Virus” or some malicious cyber threat. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. “Virus” and browser hijackers in general have not been known to cause any substantial damage; they don’t have the capacity of copying and sending data, self-replicating, spying or affecting your files in any way, so they are quite different from what real malware actually is. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make them completely harmless either. As a matter of fact, experts place software of this type in the PUP category, which stands for potentially unwanted programs. These aren’t fully safe, but also aren’t known to cause direct damage.

But there are a few things that programs like “Virus” are capable of and it’s best that users are fully aware of these, so as to make an educated decision on whether or not to keep the pesky hijacker on their PC or not. For example, as these programs strive to generate as many ads as possible and drive as much traffic to given sites, they’ve developed certain shady ways of achieving that. One of them is keeping track of each affected user’s browsing patterns and using the found information to optimize the ad positions on their screen. They can monitor your search requests, browsing history, social media activity, etc. “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
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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!

Another thing that you should be aware of, if you’ve been infected with a hijacker, is that the constant advertising processes aren’t to be completely regarded as harmless either. As a matter of fact, all the page redirects you tend to experience could potentially lead you to some compromised web location that’s been infiltrated with “Virus”es. Furthermore, hackers nowadays have grown to heavily rely on fake/malicious online ads (malvertisements) for the distribution of some of the most dangerous threats out there like ransomware and Trojans. So, with this in mind, it’s easy to see how risky interacting with any of the content coming from “Virus”. In fact, we would recommend trying your best to click on any of the displayed and simply see to the quick removal of this hijacker.

As for preventing future encounters of this type, the most likely source of browser hijackers is program bundles. You can download one of these off any file-sharing website or open source download platform and, if you aren’t paying attention, you probably won’t even know it. Typically, a bundle is a main program that has other additional programs ‘bundled’ in with it by its developers. The idea is for those other added programs to get installed as well, because nobody would go out of their way to find and download them on their own – like with “Virus”. So, if you happen to download some new program from now on, be sure that it came from a trustworthy source and also check the setup wizard for a manual or customized installation option that will allow you to have more control over the installation process. That way you can exclude any unwanted components if necessary.  


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A changed homepage and default search engine of your browser will usually reveal the presence of a hijacker
Distribution Method Program bundles, downloaded from open source download and file-sharing platforms; spam emails, ads, etc.
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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