Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (March 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

If a program named has entered your system, you may be facing some of the following symptoms:

  • Modifications in your default browser. “Virus”could be the most probable reason for some recent changes in your browser’s homepage, default search engine, and new-tab page. These changes are usually imposed without the users’ approval and can take place in practically any browser –  Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.
  • Redirects to unfamiliar web pages, automatic opening of new tabs and browsing windows. “Virus” may often be blamed for redirecting people to predetermined sites, and to sponsored web content. The intrusive software usually shows modified search results and sometimes it might even block trusted sites in favor of the sponsored ones.
  • “Virus” could try to prevent you from uninstalling it from the system. The uninstallation options of are not easily reachable and initially you may not be able to find a way to remove this pesky browser-redirect from your PC. Even if you remove it, the nagging software may reappear in the system once you restart the PC.
  • Issues with browser performance and system stability. Once “Virus” starts to operate, you may notice a slowdown in the performance of the affected browser, unresponsiveness, sudden crashes and general instability. You may frequently see system error notifications and overall performance problems.

How dangerous could all these issues be and is there a way to save yourself from the disturbance? You can find out from the next lines.

Is a virus? is a software application/page-redirect that can be categorized as a browser hijacker. This type of software is deemed potentially unwanted but it is still not as harmful as a Trojan horse or as a Ransomware virus, for example. Usually, a browser hijacker gets on your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser you might have as a plug-in or as an add-on component that causes certain modifications to your browser’s settings. Normally these changes are related to your default home page, the default search engine, and the new tab page, which could get replaced with some new or unfamiliar ones. With the help of the newly imposed components, may start to redirect you to some predetermined sites and manipulate your search results in favor of some sponsored web content. The general idea behind this activity is to promote certain websites and their products and increase their traffic. However, there is no guarantee that all the sites that may redirect you to are legitimate and harmless. “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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 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.


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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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!

Another typical activity, performed by the programs like “Virus” is their data-tracking activity. Such browser hijackers may attempt to gather information about the people’s browsing habits and sell it for profit to third parties. It can be said that this is usually done for advertising purposes. Yet, if you want to protect your privacy and get your browsing settings back to normal, you may need to remove the browser hijacker from your system.

How to permanently uninstall “Virus” from your system?

Fortunately, a piece of programming like “Virus” can be removed from your system fairly easily and without any damage to your computer. You can generally remove the browser hijacker in two ways – manually or automatically. The automatic removal is the best and the quickest. We generally recommend it to users, which are not quite familiar with the specifics of the browser hijackers and their components and want to uninstall the unwanted program in the fastest possible way. You can use the professional anti-malware tool from this page to do the automatic removal for you or install some other reliable security software of your choice. A detailed manual Removal Guide can also be found at the end of this page, and you are welcome to use it if you are confident enough to find all the components and manually delete them from your system.

How may enter your PC and how to prevent it from doing so again?

Unlike the Trojans, Ransomware and other computer viruses, a program like does not infect you on its own. This software often gets installed by the users themselves and this happens mostly when they follow the Automatic/Quick installation options and do not customize the installation configuration of a given software bundle. Usually, the browser hijackers are distributed as an additional component in different free and attractive program installers, torrents and download managers. That’s why, you should always select Custom/Advanced/Manual settings and carefully disable any “additional”, “recommended”, or “suggested” software that you may not want to install along with the main program.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser modifications, sudden page redirects, generation of ads, pop-ups and sponsored pages.
Distribution Method Spam messages, free software installers and bundles, torrents, shareware sites, ads.
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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