Virus is a page-rerouting application that is recognized as a browser hijacker and can alter the settings of browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and others. Normally, makes changes that affect the browser’s main search engine and homepage and generates aggressive advertisements on the user’s screen. Virus

The Virus will redirect you searches and display pop up ads and messages.

Security specialists describe applications such as as browser hijackers as they essentially “hijack” the system’s default browsing app by modifying its key settings such as the homepage, the search engine, the new tab page and the buttons in the navigation bar. Such apps may also insert some special ad-generating components that constantly display dozens of pop-ups, banners or other advertisements on the browser’s screen the very moment the users start a web search session. One of the most irritating and common symptoms that a browser hijacker like is operating in your system is the automatic redirects that you may experience during your browsing. The moment you type a URL in your address bar, you may instantly be rerouted to other domains that have nothing to do with the site that you actually want to visit. This is definitely one of the worst aspects of having a browser hijacker in the system because it can mess extensively with the daily surfing and can drastically reduce the overall performance of your browser. In fact, it is quite possible that the hijacker will attach additional toolbars or buttons to the navigation bar of your browser and clutter your browser’s window.

Fortunately, you can remove the intrusive software and uninstall its changes and buttons fairly easily if you follow certain removal steps. To ease you up, below we have prepared a manual removal guide with detailed instructions and a professional removal tool for automatic assistance.

Belazy Elephant 

Users who have Belazy Elephant on their browser share quite many worries regarding their computer’s safety, and this is understandable considering the significant modifications the browser hijacker imposes without asking their approval. However, so far, there is no proof that Belazy Elephant is a virus or any form of harmful program.

Therefore, calling it a virus and putting it next to threats like Ransomware and Trojans is not accurate. In fact, most browser hijackers are not harmful and are not able to damage a device the way that viruses can. Yet these programs are still a source of great browsing-related irritation and are not absolutely secure. For this reason, experts prefer to treat them as potentially unwanted pieces of software and provide methods to remove them.

Uninstalling a browser hijacker ensures that there is no chance that you would be automatically redirected to unknown or dangerous web pages. If you don’t take action to eliminate the page-redirecting software, however, you may land on misleading or questionable web materials where real viruses and malware as nasty as Ransomware and Trojans may lurk.

Fortunately, with the help of the instructions below, it’s far easier to remove a browser hijacker than trying to deal with it on your own. Even if you can’t handle it manually there is still an easy way to get rid of it. All you have to do is arm yourself with a professional removal tool, run a scan with it on your system and follow the instructions.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your searches may get redirected to pages that are filled with promotional messages.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are pieces of software that can be bundled in free software packages and distributed in torrents or spam messages.
Detection Tool

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To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click Virus ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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