Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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.

You are about to read about an issue called “Virus”. This website has been marked as an ad-producing and one that may simply serve the purpose of showing too many pop-ups on your screen; redirecting you to different web pages and setting unknown homepages and search engines to your browsers as well. It falls into the family called browser hijackers. Another typical feature of all the hijackers we are aware of is to target all the browser apps installed into your system (Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Explorer) and modify them in the ways we have described. Some more info about this exact program and the group it belongs is shared in the passages below.

General insight about Browser hijackers:

All programs considered to be browser hijackers have been designed to function as marketing tools. Really, these ad-producing versions have only one true intention: to broadcast a very big number of pop-up ads, tabs and/or banners; in this way advertising some new or unknown webpages/ homepages or search engines and products of any kind. The individuals who are interested in distributing this software are the producers of the advertised goods; and the programmers behind this sometimes annoying marketing-related software. Usually, the first party involved is the one that pays the second party to design the most effective promotion-oriented programs. A browser hijacker able to display the largest number of pop-ups, and thus cause more redirects is seen as highly effective. Producers of goods and providers of services really believe that in this way some of the promoted products may be purchased by the people who are showered with these ads. Therefore, the producers of the products/services to be advertised and purchased are likely to earn a lot of money. Just as expected, all the parties involved in this ‘pay per click’ business scheme really benefit from it. “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).



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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove 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! and how it can spread

Oftentimes you may find such irritating software on various contagious websites such as video/ movie-sharing web platform and freeware or shareware distributing sites. As a result, if you aren’t careful and don’t pay attention to the content you interact with, you might end up downloading a browser hijacker or similar program that may have been lurking there. Nevertheless, it is most common for programs such as to come from the inside of software bundles. These are free software combos that are often spread on the Internet, and could include games, programs, apps, Adware and/ or hijackers. To be more precise, there is nothing to worry because of these sets of software. Still, the ad-generating programs inside them might make you rather suspicious.

There’s also another thing to keep in mind. Such bundles could also contain some really fascinating programs and apps, and you can use them for free, without having to get infected by the browser hijacker or other added program inside. Simply follow this advice: no matter what you install on your computer, try to select the Advanced {or the Custom} installer feature. By doing so, every detail about the bundle is going to be displayed and you are definitely going to see which programs and/or features exactly you want, and thus install only them.

Despite the rather shady way of spreading, it is not really malicious:

In spite of the common misconception, no browser hijacker is really hazardous in itself. Because of their oftentimes suspicious features, these programs have been considered ‘potentially unwanted’. They have not been seen as malicious despite that. In general, hijackers do differ from malware-based programs you could catch while surfing the web. For example, Ransomware and Trojans as the most dangerous malware can and are going to hack your device without your informed or uninformed permission; or exploit a program (or a system) weakness to invade your PC. Some of the most dangerous effects which might come as a result of Trojans or Ransomware include data destruction, encryption or modification. Luckily, no hijacker, including, has ever been able to do anything like that.

The process of removing “Virus” once and for all:

Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article, where we have included our special Removal Guide. Then simply strictly follow the instructions there in order to fully get rid of this irritating hijacker. We wish you luck!


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Possibly strange browser behavior – some ads might be generated and some homepages and search engines modified.
Distribution Method Via bundles, spam, torrents, various web pages, etc.
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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