Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Safari/Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2019 Update

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

Have your browsers recently started to redirect you to websites you have never really meant to visit? Or have there recently been lots of annoying popping-up on your screen while you are surfing the web? Or maybe the homepage and the search engine that used to be on your browser have been replaced with new ones that you don’t really know (or want)? This is what some webpage redirects could do to all your browser programs – Safari, Firefox, Chrome, IE and/or Opera. They are characterized as browser hijackers and here you are going to read some useful info about them generally, and about one specific version – “Virus”.

We sincerely believe that the details below will help you understand the typical traits of these annoying redirects. If you read the rest of this article, you will in the end be able to remove them from your PC.

Specifics of the so-called browser hijackers:

We have already mentioned the ways in which such a page redirecting software might affect your system. The targets of these redirects are your browser applications and none of them could really be safe. “Virus” and its relative pages are very likely to change the way your Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Explorer browsers function and how they look.

It is possible that you still have not noticed that the redirecting and the ad streams you are perhaps experiencing are actually related to your search preferences. If a member of the hijacker category gets the access to your browser, it might try to gather telemetry information from your online activities and later use that to display targeted adverts on your screen. Consequently, you may only see the pop-ups and experience the redirecting only to sites and offers that the hijacker developers suppose you might like.

How to cope with the infection once and for all?

For a safe removal process, we suggest that you go with the instructions in the guide below. “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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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

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!

Isn’t such telemetry data collection illegal?

Indeed, such an activity may seem too intrusive to some of the infected users. However, these browser redirects do not normally access any private credentials and, thus, they are not likely to do anything against the law. There redirects might be seen as perhaps unwanted because of their features, and the possible tricks they may use to get distributed. Still,  in most of the cases nothing really harmful could result from them, and whatever they are capable of doing is merely marketing-oriented.

What about

Fortunately, no matter how suspicious browser hijackers might appear, they aren’t normally dangerous for your system’s safety and security. Compared to the traditional forms of malware, they aren’t really harmful. For example, in case your PC has been contaminated by a Ransomware virus, you are very likely to get harassed as such a virus never needs permission from your side so as to access your device and get installed there. Once this nasty malware infects your system, it would encrypt your private data and demand a ransom payment if you want the access to your documents restored – something that hijackers cannot do to you.

Therefore, if you only have a hijacker on your system, do not be overly worried and simply keep on reading and use our guide to have it removed.

What if you don’t remember the act of installing any hijacker on your PC?

Webpage redirects such as might trick you into unknowingly installing them yourself. To start with, we have to mention that the biggest source of browser hijackers is usually freeware in the form of bundles. Such sets of various apps, games and programs are normally free and you can download them from the web at any time. Oftentimes they could contain some very interesting new apps and you may want to try them so much that you might ignore what else there might be in the installation menu.

Nonetheless, keep in mind that it is very important to always be careful with the content that you install on your PC and to always keep an eye out for any optional added software.

The recommended way of installing anything into your system is to perform the process manually by customizing as many aspects of the installation as possible yourself. The features that can provide such a customized installation process are the ADVANCED and CUSTOMIZED/MANUAL. Ensure that you go with one of them as all  the other features are likely to implement a quick or automatic installation, not allowing you to really choose the exact programs or components of  programs that you will put into your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser apps might get changed – they might start producing an unbearable number of ads and cause too many redirections.
Distribution Method It could be found inside bundles, torrents, various forms of spam and different web pages.
Detection Tool

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