Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Nov. 2017 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.

Finding out that your Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browser that you are using has suddenly started to redirect your searches, generate nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and land you on some unfamiliar pages without your approval could be a quite unpleasant experience. In most of the cases, this behavior is due to a Browser hijacking program such as “Virus”, but most users wrongly think that this is a sign of a virus infection. In this article, we are going to tell you more about this type of software and its characteristics as well as the most effective ways to remove its nagging ads, pop-ups and browser modifications from your default browser. So, if you really want to figure out what exactly “Virus” is, how it may affect your system and how to uninstall it, carefully read the next paragraphs and follow the instructions in the removal guide below.

What is a Browser Hijacker?

Pieces of software, which normally trigger some frequent search redirects, modify the settings in your browser and install certain new components such as homepages, toolbars or search engines without your consent are usually regarded as Browser hijackers. Most of the users often consider such software as rather irritating and potentially unwanted because as a result of its activities, their web surfing may frequently get interrupted and disturbed. But what is the real purpose of a Browser hijacker and why does it behave this way? Well, the main idea behind this software is to advertise and make you click on certain sponsored advertisements or sites. Its developers use it also as a tool for profit generation mostly from Pay-Per-Click campaigns or some paid ads positioning and traffic generation. The modifications of your browser are nothing but an aggressive advertising approach which ensures that every time you open a new tab or search something you will get redirected to the desired sponsored ads and interact with them. Programs like “Virus” are developed with that principle and they would hardly provide you with any other actual use that may make you want to keep them, apart from intrusive ads generation. “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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Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result

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
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!

Are programs like “Virus” a threat to your computer?

A sketchy program that tends to run advertising processes in the background of your computer isn’t the best thing to trust. Many users have doubts about pieces of software like “Virus” and often ask our team if they are viruses or some sort of nasty infections such as Trojans or Ransomware. The truth is that the browser hijackers are not software that could enhance your browsing experience and in fact, it may worsen it by causing frequent browsing interruptions, unresponsiveness of the affected browser, sudden browser crashes, sluggishness and general irritation. Besides, a program like “Virus” may also keep track of your online activity and collect data about your location, web traffic, likes, shares and latest browsing queries with the idea to transmit it to its developers or some third party marketers. This could be seen as a form of privacy invasion and a good reason for most of the users to remove the hijacker and uninstall all of its components from their system.

But still, could the browser hijacker be dangerous? Fortunately not as much as a real virus or some Trojan-Ransomware based threat. If you have “Virus” on your PC, probably nothing malicious will happen to your computer because this type of software is not created to cause harm or any type of damage. The issues it may cause are mostly related to its aggressive advertising activity, but this is not an activity that can corrupt files, delete data or cause severe system malfunction. For this reason, according to most security experts, browser hijackers are rather harmless. However, they could be referred as potentially unwanted and if they cause you disturbance you have all the right to remove them.

How to prevent “Virus” and similar software from invading your browser?

Eliminating “Virus” is not that difficult, especially if you carefully follow the instructions in the removal guide below. Preventing such software from becoming part of your system again, however, could be a bit trickier. Basically, since they are not considered to be malicious, browser hijackers are often distributed on the web on different freeware or shareware platforms, free download sites, emails and their attachments, torrents and attractive software bundles. That’s why, you should always carefully check your software sources and especially the installers, which may contain some potentially unwanted by additionally included programs inside. Use options like Advanced/ Custom/ Manual when running a new setup and customize the wizard in case that some “recommended” but unfamiliar program is bundled there.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may impose certain changes to your default browser, modify its homepage or search engine and make it generate unstoppable flow of ads and page redirects. 
Distribution Method Mostly distributed via software bundles, free downloads, shareware sites, freeware platforms, ads, email messages and 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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