Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is a legit website. However if you are suffering from multiple redirects whenever you try to open it in your browser you hay have a browser hijacker infection. “Virus” is a program that belongs to the category of browser hijackers. It usually integrates with your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other) and installs an ad-generating component (a new search engine or a homepage) that starts to redirect your web searches. Keep in mind that the creators of this tool have only released it to raise their revenue by showing sponsored advertisements, pop-ups, banners and other promotional content to the users by providing links to certain webpages in the top positions of search results. Once the user is prompted to click on any of these links, they automatically generate ad revenue. This money-making strategy is better known as pay-per-click, which means that the owners of the browser hijacker receive this revenue based on the number of clicks they can collect from the promoted content. Yet, you could never know whether the ads and links, generated by “Virus”, are harmless or dangerous. For this reason, it is usually advisable to remove the browser hijacker from your system, and in the next lines, we have published a special removal guide on that. So, if you are looking for a permanent solution, stay with us and read the information below.

How are browser hijackers usually distributed?

Potentially unwanted programs like “Virus” generally do not infect computers like viruses and other malicious infections such as Ransomware or Trojans do. They actually need your permission to get into the machine and start their redirecting and ads generating activity. However, that permission may not be clearly indicated because these programs usually are “bundled” in software packages, where other legitimate programs are included. This means that the permission for installation of the browser hijacker usually hides behind the Advanced/Custom settings of some completely legitimate programs such as PDF converters, video/audio editors, different free application setups, torrents, email attachments, and more. Fortunately, the “Advanced” setup settings are your salvation. If you choose this detailed installation mode, you will be able to view the contents of the software package and uninstall the potentially unwanted ones without any danger to your system. If you skip that option, however, you may end up with software you may not desire and may need some additional steps to remove it. “Virus” 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!

Can we trust “Virus”?

To increase the chances of successful redirects (and, of course, the revenue) “Virus” usually replaces the default search engine and the homepage of the targeted web browser. Typically, such action is not harmful and does not aim to cause you system destruction or some sort of malfunction. However, it may eventually cause you some irritation and constant browsing disturbance. You may frequently receive sponsored content, which you may not want to see. The predefined search engine may load your screen every time you start your browser, as well as when opening a new window or a new tab. This may eventually interfere with your normal web searches and may cause you irritation and frequent interruption. Moreover, the imposed search engine and the sudden redirects may lead to malware infection and may suddenly expose you to some dangerous viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware. For this reason, we do not recommend letting this browser hijacker work on your computer for too long, and in case you notice any such symptoms, removing “Virus” from your device immediately would be a good solution.

Where to start if you want to remove “Virus”?

To some users, “Virus” may be quite an annoying program. Even though it is not as dangerous and destructive as the real malicious threats, this browser hijacker may be referred to as potentially unwanted. There are basically two main ways, which you can use to get rid of this software and in the guide below we have described them both. If you have more experience with removing viruses and other potentially unwanted programs, you may want to remove it by yourself. You can use the special removal guide for that and manually detect and delete the related files from your system. If you are not that confident that you can handle the effective uninstallation, it is a good idea to help yourself with a specialized removal tool. Even if you are an expert, it is still good to scan your computer with it because this way you will be sure that all the ad-generating components that might have come with “Virus” are completely removed.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may start displaying sponsored advertisements, pop-ups, banners and other promotional content to the users.
Distribution Method Spam messages, torrents, free installers, software bundles, freeware platforms, direct download links. 
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.

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