“Virus” Removal (Feb. 2018 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

Thousands and thousands of users have been facing browsing issues with their Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers due to infections with browser hijackers. These pieces of software have been well known to the web community for years now and newer and more aggressive versions keep getting developed every day.

In today’s article, we are going to focus on one recently developed browser hijacker called This program, just as the rest of the programs of this kind, reveals its presence on the system with the changes it usually makes on your browser. A new homepage, a search engine or a toolbar may often nest themselves on your default browsing app and modify its settings. This is usually done in favor of some sponsored content and web pages, which may automatically come first in your search results every time you start a new browsing session. Various ads, pop-ups, banners and sudden blinking boxes may start to interrupt your web searching and this may lead to some real irritation. Every attempt of yours to close them down may redirect you to different web pages and what may be even more irritating is the fact that you can’t really remove them the way you do with regular ads. You basically need to uninstall if you want to permanently get rid of the browser hijacking disturbance and if you landed on this page for that, here you will find professional assistance. At the end of the article, you will find a Removal guide as well as a trusted removal tool, both of which can help you eliminate and get your favorite browser back to normal.

Things you need to know

Browser hijackers like are often considered potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These programs are not really malicious, but they cannot be seen as very useful to the users either. Unlike viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc., browser hijackers cannot corrupt your system or make you a victim of cyber crimes. However, they may have some effects on your system, and more precisely on your browser, which may not be desirable. In the case with, for instance, this software may expose you to hundreds of nagging and irritating ads, new tabs and pop-ups, which may not want to get removed from your screen. Additionally, your browser may get busy with displaying them and may stop responding to your search queries. You may also often experience sudden redirects and may find yourself on various pages with sponsored content, which you never intended to visit in the first place. “Virus” Removal

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


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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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

The idea behind this ad invasion is online advertising and revenue generation form Pay-Per-Click ads. Many software developers and online marketers use programs like to generate clicks, traffic and paid visits to certain pages, from which they can benefit. They also may program the browser hijacker to collect traffic data from your browser for various marketing purposes. This can help them analyze and target you better with their sponsored commercial messages.

Some people may find these activities to be quite invasive, but according to the law, they are legitimate marketing tactics. Still, being exposed to random ads and websites, the safety of which may not be confirmed, may not be the best thing for you. What if you bump into a nasty virus? You probably have heard that threats like Trojans and Ransomware often use ads, pop-ups and sketchy web pages as transmitters and there is no guarantee they won’t hide in some of the content, generated by a program like That’s why what we would encourage you is to think about your system’s safety and uninstall the hijacker. There is simply no need to risk landing on some compromised site and catch a virus out of nowhere. For best results, you can use the professional removal tool or the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

Can you protect your system? is a piece of software, which can be removed effectively without any major damage to your system. However, if you don’t want to deal with browser hijackers every now and then, it is best to adopt some of the prevention tips we are going to share with you here. First of all, it is very important to pick and choose your download sources carefully. Also, it is essential to customize and install new software on your system via the Advanced/ Custom settings. This way, you will always be in control and will be able to prevent any bundled potentially unwanted programs. Stay away from spam, email messages and attachments from unknown senders and, last, but not least, protect your PC with reliable antivirus software.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This software may expose you to hundreds of nagging and irritating ads, new tabs and pop-ups, which may not want to be removed from your screen.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free download sites, torrents, ads, spam messages, email attachments, automatic installation managers.
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.

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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