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How to remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2019 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

Why do you see “Content promoted by” ads in your browser?

The above is a text that may appear in the ads and pages that get displayed in your browser, in case that these ads are delivered by a browser hijacking program named This program usually installs itself in the users’ default browser (it could be Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser) and starts to generate some sponsored commercials or redirect your searches to “suggested” pages full of various sales, pop-ups, banners, and links. In addition, you may notice that your search engine or homepage may get replaced, or a new toolbar may get inserted in your browser’s menu without your approval. In case you want to remove these changes, the only solution is to uninstall the program causing them from your system. However, this task may be a bit tricky. That’s why we suggest you carefully read the information below and follow up with the instructions in the removal guide that follows. “Malware”


Is this a dangerous program? is a browser hijacker. Such software is generally seen as potentially unwanted, but if you treat it carefully and uninstall it from your computer, you should not suffer from destructive consequences. In fact, a browser hijacker is not seen as harmful since its main purpose is not to cause system disorder but to advertise. Therefore, it significantly differs from malicious threats like Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware viruses. However, there are certain issues that may definitely make you wish to remove this software from your PC and in the next lines we will tell you more about them.

Besides the annoying ads that contain slogans and the modifications in the browser’s settings that we described above, there are some additional activities that may bother you in case you have a program like it on your system. For instance, the affected browser may start running much slower than before the ads appeared. In addition, you may experience problems while browsing or while using installed applications – programs may freeze or stop unexpectedly. These are clear signs of software, which uses the processor and the system memory, needed for the smooth operation of the computer, for some background activities such as data collection and ad generation. “Malware” 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 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.


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!

Usually, a typical browser hijacker like may insert some data-tracking components on the computer, allowing the program to perform predetermined monitoring processes, related to your browsing searches, location, bookmarks, pages you visit and things you like and share. Such information helps the software to determine your interests and to show you more relevant ads, based on your recent search queries. For those of you, who are worried about the potential damage of such a privacy invasion, we can assure you that such data tracking activity is a common online marketing practice, which is not related to data theft or other criminal practices. Still, you should know that the creators of browser hijackers do not guarantee the legitimacy and the safety of the content advertised through their software. So, there is a very realistic chance of bumping into some potentially fake ads, infected links or transmitters of Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses. For this reason, we generally recommend avoiding interaction with the suggested content and pop-ups generated by the browser hijacker or directly removing from the system. 

How can get installed on my computer?

Programs like this may usually be downloaded from a variety of unreliable sites or even from legitimate sites or freeware and shareware platforms. It is usually attached to a free software setup, so its installation is rarely seen by users who overlook the installation process. If you want to prevent the unauthorized installation of programs like to your system, you should take the time to explore the downloaded software package before allowing its components to be installed on your computer. This can usually be done manually through carefully reading the EULA and selecting options like Detailed, Custom or Manual during the installation process.

 How do you remove from your browser?

Although this hijacker does not have malicious features that can cause serious system damage, it can still affect the performance of the browser by constantly redirecting you and flooding your screen with intrusive and sometimes, unreliable ads. Therefore, by removing it, you will be doing your system a favor. Just be sure to use the right instructions and tools to prevent removal errors. We suggest you scan your PC with the professional removal tool or use the manual instructions, written by our experts, provided below.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Intrusive ads may frequently interrupt your browsing sessions. A new toolbar or search engine may get installed in your browser.
Distribution Method Typically this software is distributed via software bundles, spam messages, free download links, ads, shareware or freeware sites, torrents and free setups.
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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