Browser Redirect Pop-up “Virus” Removal

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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.

Using a computer, compromised by a browser hijacker like “Virus”, could be a real nuisance. This type of software usually promises to improve the users’ browsing, but in fact, it typically does the exact opposite. For example, as soon as “virus” gets installed on the system, the default web browser that you have on your PC (it could be Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) may start to behave strangely. You may notice a new homepage or a new search engine, which generates a large number of ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen or you may start to experience sudden redirects and modified search results. Typically, these ads are labeled as “powered by” or something like that and they aggressively prompt you to click on them. If you want to permanently remove these ads and save yourself from the annoyance, however, you need to uninstall the hijacker itself. This is what we are going to show you how to do in the next lines, so stay with us and take a look at the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

What is a browser hijacker and what is it used for?

The general purpose of a browser hijacker like “Virus” is to flood you with third-party commercials and make you visit certain sponsored web pages because each unique visit to these pages usually generates pay-per-click revenue for the creators of the advertising program. Technically, such software does not belong to any malware category and cannot be compared to Trojans, Ransomware or other computer viruses in terms of potential for causing problems and harm to the targeted system.

However, it is usually advisable to remove the browser hijacker from your system in order to protect your computer and yourself from unpleasant and obstructive ads exposure and redirects to unfamiliar web locations. What is more, surfing the web with a program like “Virus”installed on your browser can seriously affect the quality of your browsing and your search results. Pop-up “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).



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.


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!

While on your computer, may modify the homepage or the search engine of your default browser and feed your browser with search results, filled with sponsored content. Many web pages may try to advertise themselves on your screen via this browser hijacker while trying to increase their page rank or sales. However, you should keep in mind that some of the results may be misleading and may land you on dubious web locations or prompt you to install software, which may be infected with Ransomware, Trojans or other nasty viruses. Now, this is just a possibility, which may not necessarily become reality and also you may really find some useful and interesting offers and suggestions, related to your search queries, yet, in order to stay safe and keep your machine protected against potential threats, we must to warn you about the risks of having such a hijacker on your system and advise you to uninstall it ASAP.

How could  have possibly entered your system?

You can download a browser hijackers like alongside free programs such as PDF readers, document converters, free download managers, automatic installation kits, torrents and spam e-mail attachments. Similar potentially unwanted software may also get spreaded along with questionable browser add-on and ads. What you need to know is that if a piece of programming like happens to hijack your browser, you will easily be able to notice its main symptoms (we already mentioned those earlier). It does not hide from you like Ransomware or Trojan horse viruses and usually immediately applies its changes to the browsing apps and starts to flood your screen with ads.

How to remove “Virus”?

One way of eliminating the hijacker is by using the suggested anti-malware tool suggested on the current page. You can also use the instructions in the Removal Guide below but we would like to warn you that the unsuccessful attempt to remove this dubious ad-generating program may have bad consequences for your system in case you mistakenly delete some important component of your system. According to the victims, who have already encountered it, is might be quite difficult to remove in some cases, as the software sometimes leaves no components in the Control Panel and might also lack a uninstallation manger.

This potentially unwanted program is one of the most aggressive versions of browser hijackers and normally adds keys to the Windows Registry in order to solidify its presence inside the system. Those keys should be removed with extreme caution. Only do that manually if you are confident in your computing skills and feel experienced enough.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may notice a new homepage or a search engine, which generates a large number of ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen
Distribution Method You may land such a hijacker by downloading free programs such as like PDF readers, document converters, free download managers, automatic installation kits, system optimization tools or by opening shady spam e-mails and downloading their attachments.
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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