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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.

The article that you are about to read below is dedicated to a piece of software called “Virus”. This application, as per some recent analysis, belongs to the Browser hijacker software group. Representatives of this software category typically have a main purpose of displaying hundreds of ads, pop-ups, banners and commercial messages on the people’s screens and redirecting them to certain sponsored web pages. In order to perform their advertising activities, the browser hijackers typically impose some changes to the users’ browser. You may find an unfamiliar homepage or search engine, a new toolbar or some additional component added to your browsing program, which might be triggering sudden redirects, modification of your search results or the generation of a never-ending stream of ads. All the popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, Edge and others may get easily hijacked without your direct permission and removing the imposed changes may not be that easy. In the next lines, however, we are going to share with you some instructions on how to safely uninstall and some more information about the avoidance and the specifics of this type of software.

Browser hijackers – getting to know them

The applications categorized as browser hijackers are pieces of software which are mainly developed for advertising purposes. They specialized in displaying a huge number of advertisements (pop-ups, tabs, banners) on the people’s screen and aggressively promoting different types of websites, search engine tools, homepages, and toolbars. The people who are involved in the distribution of such software usually seek to gain income by advertising third-party products and getting financially compensated for that. Their aim is to expose you to ads as much and as often as possible which increases the chances of you clicking on the advertisements and potentially buying something or visiting the promoted sites and increase their traffic. You, as a user, however, may not really enjoy the never-ending stream of ads on your screen and may have hard time trying to remove the nagging pop-ups and close the new tabs, which may keep appearing with each and every click.

Can “Virus” be removed safely from your computer?

Removing a browser hijacker like “Virus” could be performed successfully if you carefully follow certain removal instructions. In the Guide below, we have described the exact steps for that and have attached detailed screenshots. You may also use the professional software security tool provided in the guide as it could further help you with the removal process. “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 “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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). “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)


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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)
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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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

  • 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). “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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 do browser hijackers spread and how may they become a part of your system?

The most common places where you might find page/browser-redirects like “Virus” are the different freeware and shareware sites, as well as the torrent platforms which distribute various free software installers and program bundles. Oftentimes, such ad-generating software might be integrated inside different installers for freeware programs and may become part of your system the moment you download and install the given program setup on your PC. You may also find browser hijackers in spam messages, email attachments, download links or ads which prompt you to install a new program or try some free software.

Fortunately, even if you end up with “Virus” or similar a software on your computer, there is really nothing serious to be concerned about. Many people are confused about the real nature of the browser hijackers and even think of them as virus-like programs. However, the truth is they aren’t typically regarded as viruses and significantly differ from threats such as Ransomware or Trojans for example. Real virus programs like the ones mentioned above can be used for a number of cyber-crimes and harmful activities such as PC hacking, exploitation of programs (or of the entire system), the creation of various vulnerabilities, insertion of other viruses, deletion of data, encryption of files, blackmailing and many others. In contrast, as we have already stated on this page, a typical hijacker would usually only try to advertise something on your screen and even if the methods used might be rather aggressive, there shouldn’t be any harm caused to your system by the browser hijacker.

At its worst, the browser hijacker may only cause you browsing irritation. Unlike the real viruses,  such software is not meant to cause damage to your system in any way and thus it is not considered to be a threat or a virus. In fact, it cannot “infect” you or become part of your system without your permission. That is why, whenever you are about to install some new software (be it a software bundle or just a setup of some free and attractive program), go for the expanded installation options (usually these are labeled as Advanced/Custom/Manual) and carefully opt-out of the installation of any “suggested” or “recommended” components which may seem unfamiliar or potentially unwanted.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unusual search redirects, ads, pop-ups, changes in the default homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, email attachments, free software installers, program bundles, torrents, freeware or shareware sites. 
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.


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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