Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is a potentially unwanted program that can be categorized as a Browser Hijacker. The main issue with most programs of this type is the fact that they tend to take control over certain aspects of the user’s browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox or any other Microsoft-compatible browser) and cause various changes to it. For example, Hijackers tend to replace the homepage of the browser and its default search engine. Additionally, they might also trigger browser redirects to random websites, which is not only annoying but could also expose the PC to various hazards. Here, you will learn more about this particular type of software so that you are able to easily deal with it in the future. We assume that a big number of the readers of this article have come here because the intrusive program has already been installed in their system. With this in mind, we have also prepared an easy to follow guide manual with different steps which will help you remove from your PC. The reason why a whole guide is needed for the removal of this piece of software is because a lot of Hijackers require more than a simple uninstall in order to be fully eliminated.

Introduction to Browser Hijackers

We already mentioned what programs like do, but it is also important to know why they do it. A lot of users do not realize what the actual purpose of such an application actually is. While a lot of Browser Hijackers might appear to be helpful in some way and provide you with some sort of useful function, the reality is that they are primarily developed as marketing tools. All the unpleasant traits that a Hijacker might posses can generally be considered as a form of aggressive advertising through which the developer of the irritating piece of software is able to gain revenue. Even in the rare cases where a Browser Hijacker would posses some actual useful feature, it would still be up for a debate whether that would make it worth keeping an otherwise undesirable program.

Is malware?

A lot of experts and researchers refer to programs of the Hijacker type as malware. This is due to the fact that most of these programs tend to execute various tasks that are both unpleasant and can potentially expose the computer to different security risks. However, one should note that a Browser Hijacker, on its own, is generally not capable or supposed to harm the computer it is installed on. We already established what the primary purpose of those programs is, which is different from the goal of most actual PC viruses (Trojan horses, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, etc.). Therefore, even though a Hijacker might be unpleasant and oftentimes regarded as malware, it is nowhere near as dangerous and as harmful as a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus could be.


Though not a real virus, is still an undesirable piece of software and the reason for that is not only because it’s annoying, but also because it might potentially compromise the security of your system. There are a lot of things that Hijackers do, which might be regarded as hazardous. For instance, the page redirects that might be initiated by a Hijacker could open all sorts of shady and unreliable websites which might expose your machine to danger. Additionally, some applications like also mess with the Registry of the PC, which could lead to security weak spots, thus making the whole system more vulnerable to hacker attacks. On top of that, Hijackers can also display misleading and deceitful notifications, offers or warnings inside your browser which you should not click upon or else you might land more unwanted and potentially hazardous software.


The tips listed below are there to help you improve the security and protection levels of your machine so that it is less likely that a Browser Hijacker or some more problematic program gets inside the computer’s system.

  • Never use websites that might look suspicious and might be potentially illegal or harmful. Being thoughtful while browsing the World Wide Web is key to avoiding any unwanted or dangerous software.
  • If an e-mail or a Skype/Facebook message that gets sent to you contains a hyperlink or a file attachment, do not straightaway click on the link/file unless you are absolutely sure that it is safe, as there’s always the chance that it could be spam that carries a Browser Hijacker.
  • Always keep your Firewall and your antivirus/anti-malware enabled and with the latest updates installed. If you do not have an antivirus/anti-malware program, be sure to get a high-quality one to make your PC safer.
  • Do not install a new program before you have looked through all the settings within the setup menu and figured out if and what added installs there are. Oftentimes, Hijackers such as are being distributed via such program bundles, which is why you should always be on your guard. If you see that there is an added application to the main software and you cannot be certain that it isn’t a Hijacker or some other unwanted type of program, uncheck the bundled install before moving on.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms If there have been unwanted changes to your browser that you did not allow and/or frequent unpleasant page redirects, then you’re probably dealing with a Hijacker. 
Distribution Method Various methods like online spam, deceitful adverts and banners, shady file-sharing sites and software bundles are being used for Hijacker distribution.
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

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!

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