Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (April 2019 Update)

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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.

If lately you’ve been suffering from intrusive ads-generation on your screen or your searches are frequently getting redirected to some unfamiliar pages and some annoying ads, pop-ups, and banners keep disturbing you, then most probably you have a browser hijacker on your system. On this page, we are going to talk about one specific representative of this software category called “Virus”. This page-redirecting software is typically able to change the way your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer operates by installing a new homepage or a search engine and initiating some annoying ads generation and redirects. How to remove these changes and uninstall this browser hijacker is what you are going to find out in the text that follows. In case that “Virus” is causing you too much browsing disturbance, the instructions in the Removal Guide below will show you exactly how you can easily and quickly get rid of the hijacker.

Why would you want to remove “Virus” from your system?

Browser hijackers such as “Virus” are generally harmless. Unlike the real computer viruses (such as Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, etc. ) these pieces of software do not typically seek to damage your system in any way. However, a lot of people get irritated by their aggressive production of ads, pop-ups, banners, boxes and annoying redirects, which may cause significant browsing disturbance. Depending on the resources of your system, such programs may also slow down the performance of the PC since they may consume a fair amount of RAM and CPU for their ad generation activities. In addition, in an attempt to determine your personal interests, the browser hijackers may track down your searches, likes, shares and other online activities and match them with the ads that get displayed on your screen. The most annoying of all, however, could most probably be the sudden change of your default homepage or search engine or the installation of a new toolbar which may redirect you to various sponsored web pages and expose you to tons of commercials. All that browsing disturbance may really irritate you and it would be understandable if you wish to uninstall “Virus” from your system immediately.

Is it difficult to uninstall “Virus”?

Programs like  “Virus” are typically easy to deal with. Unlike threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other viruses, the browser hijackers usually do not lead to any harmful consequences and can typically be uninstalled quickly and safely from any computer. Whether you will manage to get rid of “Virus”, however, depends on how carefully you handle the removal process. As every software, the hijackers have their specifics. That’s why, if you don’t have much experience in handling such potentially unwanted apps, we suggest you run a scan with the professional malware removal tool on this page or follow the step-by-step instructions provided within the Removal Guide below. “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.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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!

Fortunately, the reason for all these activities is not a virus contamination. Most browser hijackers are programmed to operate this way because their primary goal is to advertise. They impose the above-mentioned changes to your browser and flood your screen with ads in an attempt to promote certain products, web pages, services, software applications and different tools. Different vendors and goods producers actually pay to the developers of applications such as to display their ads in the most efficient way and expose the customers to them as much as possible. The idea is that the more ads you see and the more frequently you see them, the greater the chance of clicking on them and buying the promoted product. Certain sites may also pay the hijacker developers to include their domains in the ads streaming and redirect the web users to their pages in attempts to increase their traffic and popularity. You, as a user, however, may have hard time using you a hijacked browser in a normal and may lose a lot of time trying to remove the sponsored pop-ups or close the new tabs. Moreover, if you are daily using your browser for work or just for regular web surfing, it would be best to uninstall the hijacking software instead of trying to deal with its activities every day.

To prevent such annoying software from hijacking your browser again it is really important to understand how it usually gets distributed and so that you can avoid its possible sources. Typically, such sources might be software bundles, torrents, free installation packages and automatic installation managers that contain a main program and a hijacker or some other ad-generating piece of software as “additional” or “recommended” optional components. If you often install new programs (especially free versions) on your computer and normally download them from different freeware or shareware platforms, we advise you to always read the EULA and use Custom/Manual installation options in order to customize the installer and leave out any potentially unwanted bundled applications.

Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden page redirects,  homepage or search engine changes, generation of intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, email attachments, ads, pop-ups, software bundles, torrents, free download links, automatic installers. 
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.

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