Virus is regarded as a type of a browser hijacker. Threats like are known to cause different problems like changing of the user’s designated home page or even the preferred browser of choice. Virus is known to cause browser redirects and different pop-up advertisements.

If you have an application such as on your computer, then browsing the Internet is likely to be rather irritating due to the constant ads that are likely to show up and page-redirects that are likely to occur due to the presence of this software inside the system. But what is Is it some insidious Trojan Horse virus or some piece of malware similar to a Ransomware infection? Certainly not – this software piece does not fall under any malicious category of computer viruses and is instead a representative of the Browser Hijacker software class. Now, the hijackers are definitely not among the most desirable forms of software – they can usually silently attach themselves to most of the popular browsers (such as Chrome, Safari,Opera, Firefox and Edge) and impose changes to them like replacement of certain elements such as the default starting page, the search engine or the toolbar. In addition to that, as we already mentioned, such apps are normally capable of spamming you with adverts and other obnoxious and irritating promotional materials during the time you spent online on your browser. While all of this might not sound like much, bear in mind that the ads, the redirects and the unwelcome changes to the browser can quickly become extremely frustrating and make it very difficult to navigate the Internet in an effective way, without wasting time trying to bypass the commercial materials. Also, making all of this cease to occur is typically only possible if you manage to remove and the way to do that might require some extra steps since you can’t usually simply uninstall a hijacker. The good news is that all those extra steps will be presented to you in the guide down below, which you can use as means of successfully removing and cleaning your browser and PC.

The Virus is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

It is important for users to understand that even though the hijacker software class is different from Ransomware, Rootkits, Trojans and Spyware in terms of malicious capabilities, this is still a potentially unwanted category of apps and the reason for that isn’t only the irritating capabilities of this type of software. A hijacker app like or The Goodcaster might not be able (or intended to) harm your PC directly but it could still certainly increase the possibility of your machine getting exposed to actual malware threats. The main thing you got to be careful with are the ads coming from – you just have no way of knowing which ones are legitimate and which ones might be unsafe.

It’s also essential that you ensure you don’t get more hijackers installed on your machine in the future, so in order to keep your computer clean and safe, we advise you to keep away from any online addresses with shady reputation and also to never click on spam e-mails or obscure online requests that might trick you into downloading something undesirable on your computer. Aside from that, it’s also a good idea to have some form of security software on your machine as an extra protection layer against undesirable (or potentially hazardous) software.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The ads and the redirects are sure to give away the hijacker’s presence.
Distribution Method File bundles and various forms of spam and malvertising is what is usually used to spread such software.
Detection Tool

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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

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


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

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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

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 Virus

  • 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

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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!


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