Chrome Virus Detected

Chrome Virus Detected

“Chrome Virus Detected” is a browser hijacking program that can integrate with most browsers including Chrome, Edge and Firefox. Once it becomes part of the browser in question, “Chrome Virus Detected” will begin to flood it with various online ads.

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The “Chrome Virus Detected” pop up virus will display ads and windows

Furthermore, browser hijackers like iStart Search Bar, like to tamper with the browser settings, much to the annoyance of the affected users. For instance, most browser hijackers change the browser homepage to a custom one and very often they even replace the default search engine with a different one. And what’s even more infuriating is the fact that you won’t be able to change these settings back to their original state until you remove their source – “Chrome Virus Detected”.

The same also goes for the page redirects that you will no doubt have already started to experience randomly during your browsing sessions. And the myriads of popups, banners and colorful links aren’t going anywhere either as long as the browser hijacker still exists in your system. But seeing as these types of software don’t come with a designated ‘Uninstall’ button, you will need to take some extra steps for its removal.

Luckily, we’ve taken care of that for you. And just below this post you will find a free removal guide that will walk you through the whole process.

The Google Chrome Virus Detected

If this is the first time you’ve encountered the “Google Chrome Virus Detected”, you may be worried that it is in fact some form of malware or virus. And it’s understandable given the aggressive behavior and the overall intrusive nature of the “Google Chrome Virus Detected”. However, this is most certainly not a malicious piece of programming and it qualifies as a potentially unwanted program (or PUP) at most.

With that said, though, it’s not wise to lower your guard around a browser hijacker like this either. Due to the fact that it is constantly trying to push some type of content onto you, the risk of running into something unsafe increases drastically. Hence, there is a possibility of being exposed to external threats like ransomware, Trojans, spyware and more. Therefore, we would advise against clicking about on all the ads that are displayed on your screen.

As far as the distribution of software like “Chrome Virus Detected” goes, this is also why many experts tend to see these programs as PUPs. Browser hijackers don’t necessarily wait for you to come and look for them by name in order to get into your system.

Instead, their developers often hide them in the setup of other software – a process known as program bundling. So, say for example, you downloaded a free system optimization tool.  If you were to run the default or automatic setup, this would automatically also install any added components (e.g. Chrome Virus Detected). In order to avoid this, you would have to opt for the more detailed advanced or custom setup. This option would allow you the choice of leaving any additional content out of the installation process. Typically, all it would take would to remove the checkmark from the corresponding boxes and you’re good to go.


Name Chrome Virus Detected
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Chrome Virus Detected

To try and remove Chrome Virus Detected 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 Chrome Virus Detected extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Chrome Virus Detected by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Chrome Virus Detected and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Chrome Virus Detected 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


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).



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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Chrome Virus Detected 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 Chrome Virus Detected from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Chrome Virus Detected 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.


    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!


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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