Browser Redirect “Virus” Ads Removal (Chrome/Firefox)

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

Have you ever been disturbed by various kinds of online advertisements while browsing the web? Have you ever experienced any unpleasant redirections to strange websites without you commanding your browser to load these sites? Have you noticed a recent change in your typical browser homepage? If all the answers to the questions above are yes, your browser has been infected with Below we are going to discuss all that is typical for that program in details so that you can get a clearer idea of what kind of software you are dealing with. We have also included instruction that will help you remove this program from your PC.

The cause of your irritation is a program that infects more and more machines nowadays. By nature it is a browser hijacker and as such, it possesses all the characteristics of any of these products. Its main features include the production of diverse and numerous pop-ups, banners, boxes, pop-unders and other versions of advertisements. It could also be programmed to substitute your usual browser homepage with another one, which it has to promote. Browser hijackers also might set your browser to redirect you to a page they have to advertise before it loads the one you have requested it to open.

Are you being bothered by a virus?

Browser hijackers might indeed be the most annoying software you may come across on the Internet. However, they have nothing to do with any malicious program as they do not possess any malicious features. The characteristics of the known types of malware like Ransomware and Trojans may include researching your files and encrypting some of them that you use the most. Also, real viruses could crash your entire PC or destroy some of your important files there. What’s more, malware may be able to spy on you and self-replicate once installed on your machine, which may be subtle until it causes more serious problems like physical abuse or identity theft. could actually perform some rather questionable activities once integrated into your PC, but they only include some research on your recent search requests with the purpose of determining your tastes and preferences. Then this hijacker might try to match what it has determined you may like with the content of the popping up ads on your screen. As a result, it won’t be surprising if you look for cheap but quality laptops on the web, and then end up being annoyed by tens of ads suggesting only top-quality laptops at the best prices. One more feature of that might make many users suspicious is its ability to redirect you to various pages without your consent. In certain rare cases the places it may redirect you to might in fact include malicious software.

Where is it possible to come across

There are many potential means of transportation when it comes to spreading browser hijackers. They might be included in torrents, shareware and different websites might be contaminated with them.  If there is a product that we can point out as the best distribution means of, it is definitely a program bundle. What we call a bundle is the result of mixing various software products with Adware and browser hijackers. Such bundles are developed because the people who create them are eager to make money. The desired amounts of money actually come from the ads that are later displayed. This is simply marketing; the system is known as the pay-per-click scheme. The more money programmers want to make from their bundles, the more ads you need to see while you are surfing the web.

In case you can’t remember agreeing to install on your PC…

Many users install rather unknowingly on their computers. This happens because they are not really aware of the importance of the right implementation of the installation process. To keep your PC safe from any potential cyber threats, please, learn to install software wisely. It means going with the steps of the installer that give you a better perspective of the bundle or the program that you are installing. Such a feature is the Advanced setting. Learn to always use it and your machine is likely to be more secure. Don’t pay attention to the other installation options (Default, Typical, Automatic). They are the ones that leave you infected with Adware and browser hijackers.

In case you really need to get rid of this hijacker…

Luckily, you are reading the right article, as this article contains not only some useful information, but also a completely functional removal guide that will certainly help you uninstall


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Many ads might be irritating your browsing. Your browser might act oddly by setting new homepages or redirecting you to some unfamiliar online locations.
Distribution Method With torrents, spam emails and attachments, but you are most likely to catch it from an improperly installed software bundle.
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. “Virus” Removal


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).


Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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