How to Remove 123Rede “Virus” (Chrome/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove 123Rede “Virus” for free. These 123Rede “Virus” how to remove instructions work for Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijackers could be really annoying programs. But you already know that because your PC has been infected with 123Rede – a version of them. What may result from these programs’ influence on your computer is different behavior of your default browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer) – a lot of online ads in the form of pop-ups and others may have started emerging; your usual homepage might have been substituted and your search requests might be redirected to various unknown web locations.

All you should know about 123Rede “Virus”

First things first – 123Rede is not really a virus. As a matter of fact, browser hijackers are not really hazardous. They may be considered potentially unwanted but they are not viruses. No hijacker could ever rob you in terms of private information, banking credentials or your social media accounts. No browser hijacker will ever cause the encryption of your files as viruses like Ransomware can do. No browser hijacker will crash your PC. However, the programs like 123Rede and it itself could cause some annoyance. They could really change the way your favorite browsers behave and you may not like the result – unfamiliar homepages, sudden redirecting and dozens of pop-ups and banners may cloud your browsing experience. Also, these programs might use a lot of your system resources and might make your PC a little slower than normal, which may additionally irritate you. Apart from these small nuisances, no serious issues have ever resulted from an infection with a browser hijacker.

Some users might get a little more suspicious because of the way such software usually reaches your computer and the way you unknowingly and naively install it. The method 123Rede normally uses to get distributed is as a component of a program bundle. Program bundles are a combination of programs, games, Adware and/or browser hijackers bundled together and spread around, usually for free. The trick, though, is not in downloading such a set of programs, some of which could really be useful to you. The way you install such a bundle is critical and will determine whether or not you end up with a browser hijacker or other unwanted program. That’s why there are many infections with hijackers, because you DO install them yourself but you may have no idea that you are doing it. And you may have no idea because you have chosen the wrong installer feature. Usually any installation wizard contains two types of features – the one providing more information about the installation process, which gives you the chance to customize it manually (the custom or advanced option); as well as the one that installs the entire content of a particular bundle on your machine without giving you the opportunity to manually remove any of the unwanted programs from the list of the ones to be incorporated into your PC. This option might have many different names, depending on the installer: quick, automatic, easy, default. Our advice when it comes to incorporating anything into your system is to make sure that you get the chance to change whatever you dislike about the program options manually yourself. Stay away from any easy or quick installation options as they might result in the contamination of your device with lesser or more serious threats.

If your next question is why programmers assemble such aggregations of programs and distribute them for free, thus spreading ad-displaying programs, the answer is that they get sufficient funding by simply making sure certain services and goods get promoted. They work hand in hand with producers and providers to advertise products and both sides earn serious material and non-material benefits from such promotional deals. The manufacturers want their things advertised and bought, the developers want their businesses funded and all the pop-ups, banners and boxes that appear inside your browser help them achieve these goals.

What you should know in order to avoid 123Rede

First of all, you should learn to avoid the places where 123Rede could be found. As we have mentioned above, they are mostly bundles found on file sharing websites. However, browser hijackers could also be caught from torrents, shareware, video-streaming pages and spam, so be very careful. If you feel that something on the web is not okay, avoid it.

What to do in order to uninstall 123Rede

The uninstallation process of 123Rede can be completed with the help of our Removal Guide, which you will see right after the table below. We are confident it will solve your ad-related issues.


Name 123Rede
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in the appearance and the behavior of your default browser – many ads start popping up, new search engine and homepage might be set; some redirecting may occur.
Distribution Method Inside program bundles mostly. It could also appear inside torrents, shareware, websites.
Detection Tool

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How to Remove 123Rede “Virus” (Chrome/IE)


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).


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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – 123Rede may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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 123Rede 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 123Rede from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 123Rede 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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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