The information below concerns all the users that have been infected with “Virus”. In general, this piece of software has been classified as a browser hijacker. In case you have never heard or read about this term, the programs associated with it may have the ability to infect your computer in quite a tricky way, however, they affect only your PC’s browsers, including the most popular ones, such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. After your computer has been infected, the browser hijacker tends to modify your browsers in several ways. For example, it may cause a a great number of possibly unwanted pop-ups to appear every time you try to open a website. In addition, the browser homepages and search engines you are used to seeing might be replaced with new, often totally unfamiliar, ones. Also, while you are browsing, you might experience some sort of a redirecting process. It is possible that you could be sent to web pages, which you never intended to visit. In short, these are the main characteristic features of any browser hijacker you might come across while surfing the Internet. All the details about these programs will be discussed and elaborated on below.

Could hijackers actually “hijack” anything on your PC?

Despite the annoying redirecting and the even more irritating banner and pop up ads, and all the other browser hijackers are mostly harmless programs, which have been created with the sole purpose of promoting various kinds of goods, apps, programs and web pages. In fact, their creators get incredibly generous payments from the people, who need to advertise a product of theirs online. What’s more, (and most of all the other hijacker versions, too) could NEVER access anything on your computer besides the browser apps and their search request databases. No other files are available to them and they cannot harm your system in any way.

Should one expect anything dangerous from

As we have mentioned in the previous paragraphs, no harmful or malicious activities could ever come from a browser hijacker. Nevertheless, some of its characteristics could be seen as slightly suspicious. For instance, if can access your browsing history records, it could build its new advertising campaigns and redirecting processes according to the data related to your most common search requests. This is neither illegal, nor is it dangerous; however, some users could still regard it as a little too shady. Also, another rather shady habit of most hijackers concerns the way they get distributed. Logically, no user will ever directly agree to install such an irritating program on their computer. As a result, browser hijacker developers should be extremely creative and cunning in order to spread their annoying programs legally. This way of distributing software includes tricking the victim user into unknowingly approving the installation of, for example. Generally, this could be achieved by mixing the Adware and hijacker programs with new and interesting apps and games, and forming so-called program bundles. Afterwards, such bundles are usually accessible to all users on the Internet for free and many of them download such mixtures from various file-sharing platforms. However, the download process doesn’t mean an infection. Choosing to install such a bundle via the wrong installer option does that. The installer options most likely to install the entire content of any bundle on your PC are usually named: “Default”/ “Automatic”/ “Quick” or “Easy”. All of them should be avoided to ensure that no ad-producing program gets incorporated into your system together with other, otherwise useful, programs. Most importantly, make sure that you always go with the appropriate wizard choices, which are normally called CUSTOM and ADVANCED. Selecting such an option authorizes you to control the entire installation process and allows you to include and exclude programs and their features.

How could you be sure that is not a virus?

Actually, we are certain that you are not dealing with a virus, because viruses have distinctive harmful features. To be completely precise, you are dealing with a potentially unwanted program, which differs greatly from the usual viruses such as Trojans and Ransomwares. Any Trojan or Ransomware installs itself automatically on your device and then accesses your entire system. Knowing even these small details, you can logically conclude that in no way resembles any known virus.

Is the removal of such a program a possible process?

Actually, it is, especially in case you choose to use a detailed guide prepared by experts. Such a Removal Guide is available at the end of this article and can be used for free.


Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool Virus Removal

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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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