“Virus” Removal

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

Why is the “Virus” so dangerous?

NOTE: Many users believe a “Virus.” There are PC viruses that can wreak havoc on your system and practically render it unusable. A browser hijacker can only direct you to certain websites and is not technically doing anything illegal. A “Virus” would therefore be something completely different from what it is. is a virus that arrives in your PC as a chunk of an Browser Hijacker program or a PUP. It is an Browser Hijacker type of malware and we can’t put enough emphasis of how dangerous it is. Remember that the word “virus” has turned more complex, growing from simply being irritating to a threat for stealing crucial information.

Many people consider Browser Hijacker programs or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) innocent in nature and often just bugging, but they certainly could have bad effects on your PC. This publication will explain why these programs could be such a great danger if the people continue to keep them on their PCs for long time.

The Browser Hijacker sometimes could be flaky and it is especially tempting when it offers free,i.e., bonus programs. These free programs should always be proved because they often include bundles with malicious software that comes in the form of pop-up ads — boxes or banners, which we have all at one point obtained from the internet. Revenue, this way, is generated via pay-per-click. Their “glory” keeps “shining” with the fact that they most often install themselves without our knowledge or consent. This is the most famous process for Browser Hijacker enlargement. The “Virus” is often carried by these freeware programs.

All engagements with these advertisements and the unknown files they give are potential danger and we strongly suggest that you keep yourselves away from them or at least pay close attention to everything that is included in the installation process and check off all additional undesired software.

Clicking on these deceiving pop-up ads may cause extreme hardships to uninstall later on. It could become impossible  to close websites or the ads will continue to appear and you will feel helpless and hopeless in your tries to remove them off your monitor. It could also decrease the speed of your PC significantly, freeze it, browser redirects may happen –when you try to open a web page and immediate redirection is before your eyes or an additional website is displayed– and many other bad results could take effect. It may change some or all of your stored files and make them worthless. It may also record  your most confidential data and/or corrupt your social media channels, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram etc. It aims to infect your contacts with messages carrying viral links causing it to spread further on.

How May You Get Infected?

Sometimes we are confused by being prompt to download audio or video plug-ins for example, or new fake program updates. Be aware of suspicious or weird e-mail attachments. Those are major virus carriers and it’s always best practice to scan them first. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to double-scan them. They will do you NO GOOD!

The “Virus” may access your personal information, passwords to bank accounts, etc. and this could be horribly harmful especially if primarily use online banking services. Thus, it is best to change your passwords frequently, but also as soon as you face the virus.

Educating yourself on the type of  virus that intends to destroy your computer and knowing how it works  by following the guidance in the detailed guide below, will better serve you have effectively removed. If you find some parts inapplicable to your particular issue in the instructions listed, please do not hesitate to post your questions in the comments section and we will reply as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that once you’ve removed, it is not a promise that it won’t appear again, so learn now and prepare for the future! If this article does not answer the specific question you had in mind while searching for more information, take a look at some of our other articles and we are sure that you will find the help you need.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  slowness, glitches, bugs
Distribution Method email attachments, software bundling
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.


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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


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 the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> 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 Browser Hijacker/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.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!