Browser Redirect Virus Redirect Removal (Malware Guide)

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This article aims to help you remove Virus Redirect from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as your respective system. Virus Redirect

Dear reader, your computer has been infected with the computer virus by the name of Virus Redirect. It has been categorized as a form of Adware. This is a type of malicious software created with the purpose to display advertisements or ads for short. As you have undoubtedly noticed already Virus Redirect cannot be paused or stopped by any user interface ways. The only way for you to deactivate it is to actually remove it, completely and without hesitation.

The Ads are very annoying often times taking much of your screen and it is not uncommon that these advertisements are accompanied by disturbing noises. This will also results in slowing down of your entire device, as the toll exerted on your CPU would be at least double the normal amount usually associated with this action.

What is the danger of the Virus Redirect?

That is not all though – Virus Redirect works as a gateway, that is always open unfortunately, for other malicious software and potentially even more damaging ones to access your computer. We would like to give you some recommendations for what to avoid doing at least until you manage to remove this malware completely.

You should definitely avoid clicking or in any other way interacting with the Ads. While it is plausible that at least some of the offers displayed might be legitimate it is more than certain that the majority would be completely fake and fraudulent.

For the same reason you should not download and install any software if prompted by Virus Redirect. Be especially careful if you see the word “free”, that’s almost a certain indication that this will be some kind of scam attempt waiting for you to give it permission to access your computer.

How did the Virus Redirect infect your computer?

There are different methods for this to happen but by a landslide the most common one is through a bundle installation with another program. These installers, usually together with a legit free software, when run on default as most users usually do will also install additional software on your computer in the form of Virus Redirect. The way for you to prevent that from happening in the future is by actually checking the fine print before clicking on “I, agree” and “Next”.

Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium. While it is true that there are more dangerous staff out there, this type of Malware is not to be taken lightly.
Symptoms Your browser home page might be changed without your permission. Various website redirects and pop-up with Ads.
Distribution Method E-mail attachments, software bundles, infected torrent you file sharing executables.
Detection Tool

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Virus Redirect from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Virus Redirect from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

Remove Virus Redirect


The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7: 

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.

For W8 and 8.1:

Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the pop-up.

For W10:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).


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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You will unfortunately find that all your web browsers have been infected by Virus Redirect. If you have entered safe mode successfully as we advised then now it is time to really go to work. You should follow up with repeating step 2 and step 3 for each and every affected browser. Do not let even old and unused recently off the hook, you should be absolutely thorough in eradicating this pest. If any of it is left on your hard drive it might very well replicate itself after your next device reboot.

Also if you have been tricked into installing any form of software in some way or form suggested by Virus Redirect, well then you will have to locate it and delete it as well, but not before you finish with purging the original culprit.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Virus Redirect . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Virus Redirect from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

pic 6 Virus Redirect  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Virus Redirect from Chrome:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.

safari Remove the malware from Safari:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.


Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Virus Redirect and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Start Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.

This final part of our guide is extremely important for the successful removal of Virus Redirect from your computer. But beware because any error in following our exact instructions might lead you to damage severely and often times irreversibly your own device. If this is not your first rodeo and you have managed to remove malware from your system before and in result you have confidence that you can handle this than by all means go right ahead. But if you are new to this or you simply wouldn’t want to take chances with your beloved tech then we strongly advice our readers to instead download and use a professional application to take care of Virus Redirect without any risks involved.

In any case recently there have been a number of reports circulating the online space that this malware might very well be connected to a number of private data thefts, so do not hesitate and act swiftly, you really need to remove this!


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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