How to Remove “Virus”

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

Do not let “Virus”  take over your browser!

Landing a Browser Hijacker is probably one of the most annoying and frustrating things that can happen to a person who regularly uses their browser and let’s be honest, most people do use their browsers on a regular basis. After all, this is how we utilize our connection to the internet. Therefore, having your Firefox, Chrome, IE’s homepage and default search engine changed along with other unwanted alterations can certainly frustrate even the calmest person. If you have ended up on this article, chances are that you’ve already faced one of those irritating programs – . This is one of the newest Browser Hijackers that roam the internet looking for their new victim and since many people have been complaining about it, we’ve created this article to help those users. We will provide you with a lot of essential information and tips that will both help you get a better understanding of what Browser Hijackers are and also how you can protect your PC from them in the future. Additionally, below the article, you will find a guide that can help you uninstall and eliminate every last bit of it from your machine. Just make sure that you first read the rest of the actual article instead of rushing for the removal manual. After all, understanding how Browser Hijackers function is the key to dealing with them.

Is actually malicious?

Not at all. is neither a virus, nor it is malicious. However it is possible that you have encountered a compromised version. An important note that must be made when talking about Browser Hijackers is that they are not categorized as viruses. Sure, those programs are unwanted and irritating, but they are not actually malicious. , for example, does not have the potential to damage your system or files on its own. Additionally, removing a Browser Hijacker is much easier than getting rid of a virus, like a Trojan or Ransomware. Many people panic once they realize that their PC has been invaded by a Browser Hijacker, but there’s really no need for that. As long as you remain careful, there’s hardly anything that the intrusive program could do to your computer. With all that being said, you should still keep in mind that is unwanted and should be removed as soon as possible. Some Browser Hijackers might even be promoted as useful and beneficial to the user. In fact, they might even have some actual functionality. However, is that functionality really worth putting up with all the negative effects of the program? We, for one, don’t think so.

Why you need to be cautious

As we already mentioned, even though Browser Hijackers are usually regarded as safe, you still need to be careful around them. This is because there are quite a few questionable and sometimes even shady features that most of these programs possess. For example, could try to keep an eye on your online activity, which on its own is a privacy invasion. This is usually done so as to help the program modify the adverts it displays in your browser. Yes, this is yet another unwanted trait of most Browser Hijackers – their tendency to display obstructive browser ads. Apart from that, those Hijackers, as mentioned earlier, might alter some of your browser settings like changing your search engine or homepage. Last, but not least, a Browser Hijacker could potentially redirect you to pages with questionable content that might turn out to be hazardous and possibly harmful. This is rather rare, but is still something you should be on the lookout for.

Installation of Browser Hijackers

This last paragraph will teach you about the most common ways via which programs like get installed on your PC. Being aware of the different methods of Browser Hijacker distribution is crucial if you want to make sure your PC does not get infected by such programs ever again. Some of the more frequently employed distribution strategies include the use of spam e-mails, deceptive links that serve to directly download the program on your PC and unreliable torrent files. Still, none of those seems to be as effective as the infamous file-bundling scheme. In this method the hijacker is combined with some other programs that form the so-called file bundle. In most cases users install these so that they could get a specific program and not all the added content. However, since most people tend to rush for the Quick installation setting, they unknowingly agree to the installation of the whole package. Still, since this is a perfectly legal method for spreading software, all you need to do in order to prevent the installation of any unwanted applications is to select the advanced installation menu. From there, you can customize the installation and leave out any add-ons that you might consider unwanted by simply unchecking them.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Any odd behavior of your browser or change to its settings that you did not give your permission to might be caused by a hidden Browser Hijacker. 
Distribution Method Mostly, with the help of file bundles. Other possible techniques include spam e-mails, torrent files and file-sharing websites.
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How to Remove “Virus”



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).


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  –  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  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.

  • 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.


This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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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

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Was this guide helpful?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Aranya, these entries are not the problem. It appears cse made changes to your lan settings. Can you go and confirm that your DNS is OK? Check in the guide on how to do it.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Ristiza,
    you should delete these IPs.

  • Vipul

    thank you. it worked for me, found 5 unknown entities

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are most welcome Vipul. Remember we are here to help if you happen to find anything suspicious in your system.

  • ankit kashyap

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # localhost
    # ::1 localhost

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi ankit,
      you should delete these IPs.

      • Ashu Chhillar

        I cant del8 them it requires admin permission

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Have you made sure that you have logged in with an account that has Administrator rights? If the current account that you are using on your PC does not have admin rights, you won’t be able to delete the IP’s.

    • Kittu

      How do i delete those IPs???

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Hi Kittu,
        threat the file like a normal text document and just erase the IPs.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Yannis,
    did you try to restart your PC ? And try again ?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi WIN10_USER,
    you should definitely remove these IPs.

  • ashish

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi ashish,
      you should delete these IPs.

      • Ashu Chhillar

        how to delete??

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Hi, Ashu, all you need to do is delete the suspicious IP’s as you would normally delete text in a regular text file. After doing so, you must save the changes you have just made to the hosts file by pressing Ctrl+S.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi, Saranghan, now you will have to delete those IP adresses and then save the changes to the hosts file.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    No need for panic, simply delete the IP addresses as you would delete them on a regular text file. After that, click on File and then select Save to save the changes. However, know that you would need be logged in with an account that has Administrator rights in order to implement the changes in the hosts file.

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    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Now, that you have found the intrusive IP addresses, delete them from the hosts file and save the changes.

  • Sripad Telugu

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello, Sripad. What you have to do now is delete those intrusive IP addresses and save the changes you’ve just made to the hosts file so that they could be implemented.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi, Harsh, were there suspicious any IP addresses in the hosts file under localhost (Step 3)? Also, did you uninstall anything as described in Step 2?

  • Rahul

    I did every possible step. But it still redirects to cse .google. com..please help..its really annoying..Thanks in advance

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello, Rahul. Were there any suspicious IP’s in your host file under “localhost” when you checked (as instructed in Step 3)? Also, did you figure out the directory of the Hijacker by following the fila location from your Task Manager’s Processes tab (Step 5). A screenshot of your hosts file, installed programs (Step 2) and Processes tab posted here, in the comments, might help us get a better grasp of your situation.

      • Rahul Hanchate

        Thank you for your reply sir.
        I’ve attached the screenshots below.

        Also when i go to the file location from the task manager then it just takes me to the chrome.exe file(where the chrome is installed) nowhere else..
        also to mention i always get a popup blocker with some unkown site jok.something something. i doubt its that thing thats affecting. I cant acces that site though

        awaiting reply

        Thanks in advance.

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Thanks for providing us with those screenshots. However, not all processes are visible so we cannot say if there is not some sort of an unwanted process lower on the list. Your hosts file seems to be okay. We took a look through your program installs . Most programs seem to be legit. So far the only exception appears to be Social2Search. Unless you remember installing this and you need it, we advise you to uninstall the program since it’s known to display online ads and behave as a typical Adware/Browser Hijacker software. Once you get rid of this, write to us in the comments to inform us if there were any results.

          • Rahul Hanchate

            thanku for your prompt reply.
            I have downloaded Spyhunter. The good news is i was able to remove the program that was causing the cse redirect. but the bad news is i ran a scan through spyhunter and found many other files that are infected, also my antivirus is not detecting any of them.
            I want to know few things now sir.
            1. do i need to do anything other then deleting the entire folder that was causing the cse stuff?
            2. how do i remove the other malwares?

            thank you

          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            You should definetely delete the folder directory of cse. When it comes to the other files that have been detected, you have two options: You should either update your SpyHunter so that it has the automatic removal feature or you can manually delete all files that have been targeted as harmful/infected. Also, be careful with what you install, Browser Hijackers are often distributed via other software so you aways must be on your guard when installing new stuff.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are glad to have succefully helped you resolve your issue, Rahul. Your gratitude means a lot to us!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi there, Ahdra, your job now is to delete those IP’s from your Hosts file and save the changes afterwards. Know that Administrator privileges are required in order to implement changes to that file.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi, alvin, can you send us a screenshot of that? This will help us determine what your situation is.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Can you give us a screenshot of the problem and if possible of the flashin cmd? Also, are there any steps from the guide that you did not complete? Did you search for the in your Registry Editor? Also, you can send us a screenshot of your Task Manager (the processes tab) and of your program installs from the Control Panel. You might have deleted suspicious apps but there could still be something that’s left so it’s better if we take a look.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi there, Sam. You must now delete those addresses and save the Hosts file afterwards. Administrator privileges are required in order to save the changes to that file.

    • Achal Gupta

      whenever I try to delete those it says ‘access denied’ even after I’m logged in with by administrator account.

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        In this case, try the following: Open your Start Menu and type “%windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” . Right-click on the first result and select Run As Administrator. Now, try again deleting the IP’s and saving the file. Tell us in the comments if that worked.

  • Sushrut

    Hello, I did all the steps, but in step 5, I do not know what all to uninstall. Could you guide?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Send us screenshots of all the processes there so we can determine which ones are potentially unwanted.