Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Are you bothered by a nagging piece of software that seems to have settled down inside your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser, changed its homepage, added a new search engine or a toolbar and constantly redirects you to other sites you don’t want to visit? If this is your case, then you’ve likely had “Virus” recently installed on your PC. Here, you will learn both how to deal with it as well as how to make sure that no more similar applications find their way to your computer.

Browser Hijackers – what are they?

Since you have probably already encountered “Virus”, you should have a pretty solid idea of what a Browser Hijacker is. Still, let us give you some general information to clarify what you are currently dealing with. Browser Hijacker is a general term used to refer to programs that tend to latch onto people’s browsers and mess with them in an attempt to promote a certain website, some other software application/tool, an online service or anything else really. The main point here is that Browser Hijackers such as “Virus” are very intrusive and obstructive programs, which are usually made with the sole purpose of being online advertising tools. Even though they usually do not represent a serious problem, they can surely ruin one’s day (or week, or month), just because they are so incredibly frustrating to have around. That is why Browser Hijackers are normally considered PUP’s (potentially unwanted programs) and most users are unwilling to put up with them. Browser Redirect Browser Redirect

But are they harmful to the user’s computer and online privacy?

It’s perfectly normal to be concerned about your PC’s safety or your online security when something that doesn’t seem quite right is happening. After all, having your browser modified without your permission is surely something that seems sketchy to say the least. However, we are here to tell you that you aren’t dealing with a malicious virus such as a Trojan Horse or Ransomware. “Virus”, though commonly referred to as malware, is actually usually not inherently dangerous. For the sake of clarity, let us draw a quick parallel between malicious programs like Trojans and Ransomware on one side, and PUP’s like Browser Hijackers on the other, revealing their main differences in the process.

  • All actual PC viruses are programmed so as to be difficult to detect both by you and your antivirus program. On the other hand, even if your antivirus fails to spot a Hijacker, you will surely detect it as soon as you enter your browser. In fact, programs like “Virus” are supposed to be noticed – after all, this is their primary objective.
  • Another important distinction between the two types of software is that many Browser Hijackers are legal pieces of software that are both legally distributed and legally used. Obviously, it is quite the opposite with Ransomware, Trojans and other types of PC viruses.
  • Last but certainly not least, as we already said, “Virus” similarly to most other Hijackers is generally not harmful to your PC. Sure, they might cause some considerable inconvenience but for the most part your PC and personal data is safe. The same cannot be said about the nasty Ransomware viruses that can lock your files and demand ransom afterwards, or the malicious Trojans that can make your whole PC utterly unusable.

Potential problems caused by “Virus”

Despite not being all that harmful, “Virus” is certainly one undesirable piece of software that you should probably not keep on your PC any longer than it has already been there. It is not only annoying, but it can also posses several additional negative traits that you should be aware of.

  • In addition to the page redirects, the changed homepage and the new search engine, sometimes Hijackers would also flood your screen with obnoxious and irritating adverts as soon as you open your browser. The ads are not only obstructive, but can also serve as redirect links to obscure sites with shady content.
  • Many Hijackers are known to posses the ability to gather information through the user’s browser by looking at the recent search entries and page visits. That way, after the obtained data is utilized, the ads generated by the undesirable software are going to be more appealing to the individual and the chances of them getting clicked would increase drastically.
  • If all of what we mentioned so far was not enough, know that it is oftentimes reported that programs like “Virus” cause the user’s PC to experience big RAM and CPU spikes, which leads to a productivity slowdown and, at times, even system crashes.

Before you get to the removal guide…

Below, you can find a guide that will show you how you can remove “Virus” from your machine without bringing it to a professional. However, prior to going to the guide, take a look at the following tips that will help you prevent any future Hijacker installs.

  • When surfing the Internet and especially when downloading something, make sure that you use your common sense! If a website looks somewhat sketchy, you should probably not investigate any further, let alone download something from it.
  • Since different forms of spam (emails, Facebook/Skype messages) are one of the most common methods used for spreading undesirable software, always make sure that you are not interacting with anything that might be potential spam. If you are not sure an online message is safe, you should directly delete it (or at least avoid it).
  • Take a look at your browser settings and see if there is a setting about automatic downloads. If there is one, be sure to disable it. That way no files will get automatically downloaded on your PC and you will always be asked for permission.
  • One of the most effective methods of distributing “Virus” is file bundles. Therefore, always use the Advanced/Custom installation setting when installing new software or else, you might not be able to see if there are any shady added installs. When you find the list of bundled applications within the installation wizard, take a careful look at what’s added to the main program and if anything seems like a potential Hijacker, make sure to uncheck it.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you see that your browser has had its homepage changed, a new search engine or toolbar added to it or if you experience frequent page redirects, then you are most likely dealing with a Browser Hijacker.
Distribution Method Online spam messages/e-mails, obscure browser ads, sketchy torrent websites, and file bundles are considered to be the most common methods of spreading Browser Hijackers.
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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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove “Virus” successfully!

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 “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.

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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

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