Virus is an aggressive and unwanted browser add-on for Windows browsers that is designed to get users redirected to certain preset sites. The aim of is to promote those sites by forcefully opening them inside the browsers it has been installed on.

The virus will get the main search engine of your browser replaced

The type of applications that are known for doing this are known as browser hijackers and they are one of the most commonly encountered forms of unwanted software. The good news if you currently have attached to your Firefox, Chrome or other browser is that this software is probably not going to cause any real harm to your computer. However, it will not stop spamming you with its ads and page redirects until you find a way to uninstall it. In addition, this app will get the main search engine of your browser replaced and would do the same with the homepage and the new-tab page addresses. The goal of those changes is to increase your exposure to the ads and the sites is trying to promote. In all likelihood, the new homepage/new-tab page address would be of a site that the creators of this aggressive browser extension are getting paid to promote. Also, the new search engine that has been imposed on your browser will likely provide you with search results that have been modified so that they’d favor the sites of the sponsors of Those and other similar aggressive advertising techniques are the main reason people prefer to have this type of apps removed from their browsers and computers instead of putting up with their presence.

How dangerous could really be? is what can be defined as a browser hijacker, which means that if this app is added to your browser, its main goal would be to advertise the product, the services, and the sites of its sponsors and not much else. It may try to gather some browsing-related information from your browser (recent searches, browsing history, liked social media posts, etc.) in order to determine your preferences and then feed your browser with more relevant ads, but that’s about it. Other than that, this app wouldn’t do much. It would certainly not try to damage your computer’s system or do anything bad to your personal files and data in the way that Trojan horses, Spyware, or Ransomware infections could.

However, despite all that, you shouldn’t regard (or any other hijacker like Top Captcha Solver) as a safe app. The random ads it displays on your screen and the frequent page redirects may not always be linked to reliable sites. In some cases, you may even get exposed to dangerous viruses the likes of Spyware, Ransomware, or Trojans. It is, therefore, crucial that you make sure to dispose of this browser hijacker before any of its ads, redirects, and other kinds of advertisement land you on a site you don’t want to be on. If you need any assistance with the uninstallation of, be sure to go check the removal guide we have added right below this post.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The symptoms are most typically related to some kind of change in the browser that has occurred without the user’s permission.
Distribution Method These apps can get distributed by being added to the installer of some other program and installed alongside that program.
Detection Tool

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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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.


    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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    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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