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

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.

In the text you are going to read we are describing a program from the category of the so-called browser hijackers – “Virus”. Among its sometimes annoying typical features we can distinguish the broadcast of different online ads such as banners, boxes or pop-ups; the display of often unfamiliar search engines and homepages; and the potential redirecting to somewhere on the web. When it comes to this software group, we can also point out that all the programs that belong to it may only affect one part of your system – all the browser apps you have installed, from Chrome to Explorer, Opera and Firefox. Simply continue reading if you are interested in all the details about this specific hijacker and/or the whole software family in general. Browser Redirect Browser Redirect

The typical features of hijackers in general and “Virus” specifically

What we can say for sure about this sort of software is that the programs belonging to it are adept at advertising various things via producing online ads and causing your browsers to behave differently from the way they normally do. All hijackers have been created with this particular purpose – to show  advertisements to the users and in this way encourage them to buy the promoted products or services. In fact, there is nothing new, suspicious or wrong about this kind of behavior. It’s just the mutual efforts of producers/ vendors and software developers to achieve the best possible way of promoting whatever they offer. The benefits from the whole process of advertising then go to both parties – the ones selling something and the ones who ensure the success of the advertising campaigns. Everything is legitimate.

Why may “Virus” sometimes be mistaken for a version of malware?

Generally, there is really nothing all that disturbing or illegal about “Virus” in particular or its sibling programs. In spite of that, a lot of users worldwide could still mistake it for a virus. This may happen thanks to its rather bad reputation – the broadcast pop-ups may indeed irritate or confuse some users, and they could report this problem as more or less bothering. That’s the reason why hijackers are regarded as potentially unwanted. Just to make it clearer to you- there is NO relation between any browser hijacker and any malware of any sort (Ransomware, Trojans). Actually, these software versions are so different that we cannot connect them in any way. While Ransomware and Trojans could damage everything inside your system – programs and data; “Virus”, for instance, cannot access anything different from your browser apps and their history records.

Getting infected with a hijacker – possible way of happening

When we talk about the potential distribution methods of ad-generating products, they could indeed vary in number and in nature. From spam and shareware to program bundles, “Virus” may be lurking everywhere. The most popular source, though, appears to be any software bundle. These mixes of free programs (including new apps and recently developed games) might seem to be extremely tempting to you; and you may want to download or try some immediately. The possible issue with them is that they may include ad-producing programs (like browser hijackers and Adware), and maybe you are NOT be informed about that. On the other hand, you could be motivated to install the whole bundle you’ve downloaded. Actually, that’s how the ad nightmare will be started. For the purpose of staying away from such forms of irritation, you have to install such a bundle (or any program, game or app from it) in the proper and wise way. By the right way we mean – the installation method, in which you have the freedom to perform almost everything manually. The only wizard features, which may ensure this kind of installation process are: the Custom (often could be seen as Customized); and the Advanced one. Select one of them, and you will get to choose what to incorporate into your system and what not to.

The way to avoid any hijacker

The process of prevention, in the case of avoiding Adware and hijackers, starts with the aforementioned way of installing any bundle or software on your PC. Moreover, you have to learn to avoid the places where such Internet annoyances might be lurking like torrents, video-streaming web pages or fake online advertisements. For the purpose of removing such a program, turn to the instructions in the Removal Guide below.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browsers may change – they may produce pop-ups and may start redirecting you to various unfamiliar locations on the web. What’s more, they can change your typical  homepages and search engines.
Distribution Method Bundles and more sources like add-ons, torrents, spam and so on.
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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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.


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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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