Ads Removal “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2018 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.

A screen full of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners can be really irritating and can seriously interfere with your normal activities. If you are facing such disturbance at the moment, and your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer won’t stop flooding your screen with aggressively popping advertisements, then you should read the next lines. On this page, we have published some very useful information regarding an adware program called “Virus”, which is the most probable source of the above-described browsing irritation. We have also created a detailed guide on how to uninstall it from your system and permanently remove all of its ads. So, stay with us to know more and to bring everything back to normal.

What is ?

There is one specific type of software called adware, which is created with the “mission” to generate hundreds of advertisements on your screen the moment you open your browsing app. “Virus” is a typical representative of this software. It usually integrates as an add-on within your default browser and ensures that you are redirected to certain websites and prompted to click on as many promotional messages as possible. The idea behind this activity is simple – the adware has to make money for its creators and for the marketers, who advertise their products and services. This usually happens through some popular Pay-Per-Click remuneration models, sponsored ads positioning, direct clicks and eventual sales if the users get interested in the advertised offers. Basically, programs like “Virus” are the favorite advertising tools for many online businesses due to the aggressive exposure they provide for the advertised items. Due to the same aggressive exposure, however, they are often regarded as irritating and potentially unwanted by some web users, who want to remove the nagging ads and don’t want to get redirected to various promotional sites. “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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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!

How can adware get inside your system?

Ad-generating pieces like “Virus” are often bundled inside different software installers. You may make them part of your system if you run a given setup, let’s say of a program you desire, but you skip reading the EULA or you simply forget to customize the installer and run the Automatic installation as suggested by the wizard setup. This is a common mistake that most users make when they deal with software bundles, especially when they are too excited to install some new free application, a game, or some promising software from a freeware site, a torrent, an open source download platform or some email attachment or link. We usually don’t encourage the usage of such software sources and their installers, as they are the most common sources of different potentially unwanted programs such as “Virus”. If you really want to get some free new program, it is best if you carefully research it and install it through the “Advanced/Custom” option because this is how you can disable the potentially bundled add-ons, or even prevent some nasty virus, a Trojan horse or Ransomware infection that might be lurking inside.

Does “Virus” hide any risks?

Lots of people come to us with concerns that they may have been infected with a virus and ask us to help them remove the “Virus” infection. Now, if we have to speak about infections, we really need to make a few things clear. Adware programs are not real viruses. They do not share the typical malicious characteristics of a Trojan horse or Ransomware threat and generally have no intention to harm your PC.

The intention of pieces like “Virus” is clear – to serve as aggressive advertising tools and ensure maximum exposure to certain ads of products, services, and sites. However, in their attempts to do so, adware programs commonly employ marketing practices, which can be seen as potentially unwanted. This is the so-called “traffic data” collection, which basically tracks the users’ latest search queries and web activities and usually transmits the collected information to the marketers behind the adware or some third parties. The developers claim that this traffic data collection process does not track your private information such as passwords, login credentials or accounts and is exclusively used for the purposes of the online marketing. However, the fact that users have no direct control over it and cannot disable it (in case they don’t want to be tracked) may disturb some people. The only way to stop the traffic data collection is to uninstall the adware from their system completely. Such action will also remove the nagging ads and bring your browser back to normal.


Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may start to load your screen with nagging ads, pop-ups and banners.
Distribution Method Software bundles, freeware sites, torrents, open source download platforms or some email attachments or 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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