Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (August 2017 Update)

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.

Browser hijackers can certainly become a real pain in the neck, especially when you’ve already had enough of the never-ending popups, banners, box messages, page redirects and other forms of online advertising that they like to expose you to. Not to mention that programs of this type also tend to alter other browser settings, such as changing your homepage and setting a new default search engine. And to top it all off, you don’t even have a say in this whole thing, because the hijacker won’t let you change the settings to their original state. What’s more, pretty much all popular browsers can be infected by a hijacker and that includes Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others. One of the latest programs of this type is called “Virus” and it’s become the reason for a large number of complaints we’ve been receiving from our readers. People have been asking for us to provide a decent removal guide for “Virus” and here we are – ready to help. Below is some information we think you’ll find helpful in regards to this annoying software, and after that you will also find the necessary instructions on how to remove it from your system once and for all.

Does a browser hijacker like this pose a threat?

This is one of the first questions that comes to mind when you’re faced with s program of this type, especially if it’s never happened to you before. And you’re certainly quite right to be concerned with your system’s safety. Generally, browser hijackers are not thought of as malicious programs or viruses, so they won’t aim to harm you or cause any real damage to your machine. However, it’s important to know that software like “Virus” can still expose you to certain harm and even invade your privacy, which is something we’ll cove in more detail in just a bit. But before we go there, let’s just first clarify why software like this exists to begin with. The truth is that browser hijackers are developed with the sole intention to promote certain products and services via the said ads. And besides that, they also generate revenue for their developers when users like you click on those ads. This is possible thanks to remuneration systems like Pay Per Click, and that’s all fully legal and okay. “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).



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.


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!

But here’s where things start to get more complicated:

In order to gain more clicks from users, programs like “Virus” can gain access to your browsing history and keep track of your browsing patterns. Usually, they’re most interested in monitoring your search queries, the websites you spend the most time on, as well as even your social media likes and shares. This can allow the hijacker to determine which of its ads are more likely to appeal to you and, therefore, land your clicks. Depending on how long “Virus” has been on your PC, you’ve probably already come to notice how the ads you’ve been seeing on your screen lately have suspiciously a lot in common with your recent online activity. But even that’s not the worst of it.

As it would appear, browser hijackers can even potentially expose you to far more serious threats such as Trojans, spyware and even ransomware. Though not malicious themselves, they can end up redirecting you to an infected webpage or you may happen to come across an infected online ad. As a matter of fact, malvertisements (malicious ads) are one of the leading methods for distributing viruses of all sorts. In addition, a program like “Virus” can also introduce certain changes to your system registry, which can, in turn, make your computer more susceptible to external threats. Not to mention how slow your machine can become as a result of all the constant advertising, which calls upon your PC’s resources.

What we recommend after you’ve deleted “Virus” from your system is that you start taking your cyber security more seriously. Be more cautious with the websites you visit and especially those you choose to download content from. It’s likely you landed this browser hijacker when you installed another program and didn’t pay too much attention to the setup. Be sure to always select the more detailed Advanced and/or Custom installation settings when installing new software, so that you can opt out of any added components, such as browser hijacker and adware.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Altered browser settings, such as a newly set default search engine and new homepage
Distribution Method Improperly installed new software can often lead to the installation of a browser hijacker as well.
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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