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

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” Pop-up removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser Hijacker is a type of program that at first looks like a regular browser extension but once installed, it tries to enforce different changes to the user’s Chrome, IE, Edge or Mozilla browser that are oftentimes unwanted, unpleasant and in some instances could even compromise the computer’s security and safety. Some of those changes include a new default homepage, search engine, as well as frequently occurring page redirects to other websites. All in all, if you have landed such a program, you are probably looking for a way to have it removed. As of recently, a new piece of software called “Virus” that seems to fall under the Browser Hijacker category has been reported by a big number of users that have complained about the program’s obstructiveness. If you currently have a Hijacker on your PC, then it probably is “Virus”. One of our main goals in this article is to help our readers uninstall and eliminate the unpleasant application from their PC’s which is why we have prepared a guide manual on how to get rid of Hijackers such as “Virus”. You can find the removal guide below but it is advisable that you first read the rest of this article before you actually begin executing the removal steps.

Will the Browser Hijacker harm your computer?

We get asked that a lot and for the most part the answer is no. Certainly, a program of this type cannot be compared to actual threats like Trojans and Ransomware. Still, many people tend to think of them as some sort of harmful viruses. While there is no doubt that programs of the Hijacker type are rather unpleasant and oftentimes frustrating, it is important to note that in the majority of instances they are not used for malicious purposes. Generally speaking, the primary purpose of most such programs is to earn money via advertising. The actual issue is that the advertising methods that are used by most Hijackers are quite aggressive and at times might even expose one’s computer to other, more threatening software. In addition to that, there’s also the fact that most Hijackers are pretty much useless or have very limited functionality that can actually be regarded as beneficial for the users themselves. With everything said so far, it should be quite obvious why we consider “Virus” to be an unwanted piece of software which is why we strongly advise you to remove it ASAP.

Compromised PC system?

As we have already mentioned, the fact that programs of the Hijacker type are annoying and irritating is not the only thing that’s problematic about them. In fact, there’s an even greater potential issue that you should be aware of. A Hijacker program, though usually not harmful on its own, might actually expose your machine to various online threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, Worms, etc. There are a number of ways through which this might happen.

  • For example, the frequent page redirects might actually open websites that have illegal and potentially malicious contents.
  • Additionally, some Hijackers might go as far as to display fake warnings or online offers inside your browser as a way to trick you into downloading some shady piece of software.
  • On top of all that, many programs that fall under this category are capable of extracting personal information by scanning your browser’s history. Later, this data can be sold to third parties for additional financial gain while in the same time, the user has absolutely no idea about it.
  • One other thing that ought to be mentioned is the fact that unwanted software such as “Virus” could also mess with your machine’s Registry, which is prone to cause security vulnerabilities that can make your machine susceptible to hacker attacks.

Rules to keep your PC safe

It should probably be obvious by now that it is important to keep programs like “Virus” away from your machine if you want to keep it safe and clean. Removing the unwanted software is not enough – you will also need to ensure that it does not return. To achieve that, take a look at the next few tips and try to employ them as much as possible in the future.

  • Do not forget to be responsible while surfing the Internet. Being careful online is key to keeping your computer’s system safe. Do not visit shady sites and do not fall for browser offers that are obviously fake – it is not difficult to discern them.
  • Spam e-mails are an obvious method for spreading Hijackers and it is yet another thing you should be on the lookout for. Be careful not to open any new e-mails that might not be spam and if there is some suspicious link or file attachment that might not be safe, be sure to stay away from it.
  • File-bundles are the thing that most users fall. The reason for that is because most people tend to rush through the installation wizards of new programs without paying enough attention to what they are actually about to install. Do not make that same mistake, always examine all possible options and settings in the installation menu and if you see that there is some added software, try to figure out whether or not it is safe. If you are not sure or if the bundled install seems shady, do not allow it to get onto your PC by unchecking it before launching the installation.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Typical Browser Hijacker symptoms are changed browser search engine, new homepage and sudden redirects to other websites.
Distribution Method Most Hijackers are distributed via spam Facebook/Skype messages or spam e-mails, shady web-ads and software bundles.
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” Pop-up 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 “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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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