Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Feb. 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.

Nobody likes to be forced to deal with nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirects during their web browsing. However, it appears that applications such as tend to do that – they operate as Browser hijackers which take over the user’s Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, Edge and force the browser to display various advertisements during each browsing session. Such applications also tend to enforce changes on the browser’s homepage or search engine and to install new toolbars and potentially unwanted add-ons. All in all, it is very likely that you may experience different issues with your normal browsing if a piece of software like “Virus” finds its way inside your machine. Fortunately, in the next lines, you will learn more about the specifics of this type of software and the methods to have it uninstalled. Our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed Removal Guide on that but you can also use the professional “Virus” removal tool to get rid of the annoying ads. “Virus”

Browser hijackers’ typical characteristics

In the digital world, a Browser hijacker signifies a type of software which normally affects the users’ browsers. The applications of this kind typically are responsible for some potentially unwanted changes such as search engine or homepage replacements, installation of new toolbars and/or some additional components on the default browser. The users may also experience frequent page redirects to certain sponsored websites as well as aggressive ads streaming on their screen. Such activities may easily be taken as the result of some sort of a virus infection and, as a matter of fact, many people do mistake Browser hijackers for viruses. However, these pieces of software are usually not related to any particular form of rel malware. Actually, most security experts consider them as relatively harmless because these applications operate as online advertising tools. The browser hijackers usually generate Pay-Per-Click ads or some sponsored or paid promotional content which prompts the users to click on certain links or download and install some software. The creators of such applications basically gain revenue from the clicks and the traffic that their software generates to certain promoted web pages, homepage domains or search engine tools. In most cases, there is technically nothing illegal with this kind of advertising approach and there are many online-based businesses which openly use it in order to promote their items on the users’ screen. “Virus” is an application which operates in the same above-described way and, therefore, we cannot consider it as a virus. However, despite not being as malicious as a Ransomware or as a Trojan horse infection, this browser hijacker may cause some browsing disturbance and page redirects which may irritate some users. If you are facing troubles with and its activities are irritating you, we suggest you use the professional “Virus” removal tool on this page and remove this application or follow the manual uninstallation instructions from the Removal Guide below in order to eradicate the hijacker. “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!

Commonly encountered issues which applications like “Virus” may cause

As we said above, the Browser hijackers are not related to some serious viruses that can cause system damage or be used for criminal activities. Still, a lot of people may face difficulties while browsing the web if such software is present on their computer. For instance, removing the nagging pop-ups which may flood the screen may not always be possible with a hijacker on the computer. Oftentimes, clicking on the “X” button may automatically cause page-redirects and land the user on different sites or open new tabs. This may lead to certain security risks, as the hijacker may favor certain sponsored content, the safety of which may sometimes be questionable. Naturally, when you have no control over the content that gets displayed on your screen or a certain third-party application gets you automatically redirected to some random and unknown sites, the chances of bumping into some real viruses or malware such as Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware increases significantly. For this reason, our team would generally recommend that you uninstall applications like and reset your browser’s settings.

Be careful with what software you install on your PC!

To prevent your Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browser from getting hijacked, it is very important to pay attention to what software you install on your PC. In most of the cases, the contamination with annoying page-redirecting or ad-generating applications happens when the users run an installer without paying attention to the additionally bundled components or the optional applications which may often come with it. This is a common mistake but, fortunately, it can be easily avoided. Our advice is, whenever you download new software (be it from torrent sites, free download links, open source or freeware platforms or even from reputed developers), carefully read the EULA, especially any small text or pre-selected checkmarks and opt for the Advanced/Custom/Manual settings instead of for the Standard/Automatic ones. This way, you can always be in control of the installation process and disable any additional or optional components which you may not want to get installed in your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may flood your screen with ads, initiate page redirects and modify your homepage or search engine settings.
Distribution Method Browser hijackers  are mostly distributed via free download links, program bundles, shareware, freeware and ads. 
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