Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (June 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.

If you are faced with intrusive online ads, frequent redirects to promoted websites and if your browser has gotten altered in some way without you having given your permission for the changes, then you most probably have a browser hijacker on your hands. When installed this browser hijacker it will set the homepage and search engine for your web browser to Such applications are able to add a new search engine, homepage or new-tab page to your browser (Chrome, Opera, IE, Firefox or any other) as well as trigger the appearance of various types of ads, banners, box messages, new-tabs, etc. One recently released piece of software that has been reported to display such unpleasant and irritating behavior is “Virus” and on this page, you can learn everything you might need to know about it. “Virus”

 Browser Hijackers

Although browser hijackers (also known as page-redirects) like “Virus” are typically not regarded as dangerous and as harmful for the computer system or for the user’s virtual identity, such applications can still be very irritating and can at times indirectly expose one’s PC to certain risks. Because of this, it is advisable that anyone who has “Virus” or some other similar hijacker on their machine uninstalls it and fully removes it from the computer so that no further complications may arise from it. In the lines below, we will show you how to handle hijackers and make sure that they do not get to your PC as well as remove “Virus” from your computer in case it has gotten installed on it.

As far as their functionality is concerned, as you have probably already guessed, browser hijacker applications are primarily advertising software tools that are utilized for conducting different marketing campaigns which, unfortunately, are usually rather aggressive and unpleasant to the end user. Any changes that a hijacker might try to make to your browser or to your Internet settings would have been introduced for the purpose of making the advertising more effective. For example, if a new search engine has replaced your browser’s default one, then it would be highly likely that if you use the new engine to search for something, the results displayed to you would be modified in a way that would push sites, pages or other content that the hijacker is supposed to promote. “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!

Aside from that, as we already mentioned, you might directly get redirected to and displayed content such as banners, pop-ups, newly-opened browser tabs and browser windows that “Virus” is supposed to advertise. Naturally, this doesn’t really benefit the user in any way. Surely, sometimes an offer might come up that you might consider interesting but let’s be real – online advertisements are currently everywhere as it is and hardly anyone would need any more web-ads getting displayed on their screen when trying to use the browser. Some hijackers might also come with other functions that are supposedly useful and helpful but then again, you can likely get these same functions from some other, less irritating software that doesn’t try to constantly flood your screen with promoted content.

What we would advise you

If a “Virus” has gotten in your system, we recommend you get rid of it using the guide posted on this page. Such software is not only highly irritating but it could also trigger certain risks for your computer. The main problem regarding that is the variety of ads and page redirects that get generated by the hijacker. Most of them should be safe and some you might even find interesting. However, there’s always the chance that a number of the ads might actually link to shady and hazardous locations – ones that might be used by hackers to spread malicious viruses like Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, Ransomware, etc. Of course, in itself, “Virus” is no Trojan, Ransomware or any other type of virus but the fact that not all of its advertising contents can be verified as safe should be enough to remind you to avoid anything generated by it.

Another important thing to be mentioned here is that you need to be careful from now on so that you don’t get any more hijackers installed on your PC. To avoid future encounters with such irritating and unwanted applications, always make sure that you explore the setup installers of software that you want to install on your PC – check if there are any bundled applications to the main program by accessing the Custom/Advanced setup menu and if you indeed find something there that doesn’t look trusted, opt-out of its installation before you proceed. Also, be sure to avoid suspicious online content such as spam messages and questionable web ads and also remember to keep away from illegal sites or sites with low reputation.


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive ads and unwanted changes to your browser are the most likely symptoms.
Distribution Method Misleading online adverts, spam messages, bundles, unreliable software downloads and others.
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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