How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome)

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

Dear reader,

if you find the information below useful and interesting, you might have been experiencing some technical issues regarding some maybe unwanted and aggressively appearing advertisements on your screen.

In case the short explanation above fits your case, you could have been infected with the “Virus”  and have to get rid of it. The article you are going to read might come in handy to you if you need to really understand the origin and effects of your recent problems related to ads. What’s more, a removal guide has been prepared for you at the end of the page to get you through the successful uninstallation of the “Virus”.

the virus

the “virus”

A browser hijacker and its common behaviour

Firstly, I am going to begin with briefly discussing what browser hijacker really represents.  It is possible that you are already familiar with the label browser hijacker. This term is used to represent the advertisement-displaying computer programs, which are designed to generate ads in many different forms while you are surfing the web.

Some browser hijacker-like products may also be likely to redirect your search requests to advertising websites or other possibly dangerous webpages, which have been contaminated with really malicious software like Ransomware.

browser hijacker is often seen as shady and having a lot of questionable features because it might collect information about your surfing behaviour without your knowledge or consent. The browser hijacker-like programs that actually gather data without your permission should not be mistaken for viruses.

An actual virus does collect personal account credentials and private information. Unlike malware, browser hijacker DOESN’T steal any private account credentials. However, it may be possible that the data about your online movements might be sold to 3rd parties, which are most commonly vendors who want to sell something to you.

How does a browser hijacker infiltrate your PC?

Here we are going to mention the most common ways in which browser hijacker may enter your personal computer:

  • The ads-generating software could get into your machine within a bundle with any freeware or shareware program. Actually, this marketing strategy is legal. Such advertising campaigns usually gain huge profits. That’s why such applications do generate enormous revenue to finance their developers’ businesses. In fact, the browser hijacker-like products aren’t usually harmful.
  • One more way the browser hijacker creators use to distribute it is by integrating it in various websites. When you visit such a website, the consequences for you could involve the stealth installation of browser hijacker on your machine without your knowledge.

When you install such a free program on your system or enter an already contaminated webpage with no protection, you also install the browser hijacker-generating browser plug-ins. The aforementioned plug-ins work on all kinds of browsers including the most famous ones- Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Explorer.

What is and how does it affect your computer system? is a type of browser hijacker-based software. Usually it infiltrates your machine via a software bundle. As soon as it enters your PX, may start to track your search requests and movements in the Internet. In this way this browser hijacker program determines what products and services you are likely to look for or need, and strives to display only the ads that somehow fit your preferences. Often this feature of may even be useful. However, the majority of people could find such a research on their personal tastes and searches somehow intrusive. That’s why they they may begin searching for ways to remove soon after they realize their system has been contaminated with it.

Can we avoid ?

In this paragraph we will first discuss some preventive measures you may find interesting and helpful. You should already be aware of the fact that browser hijacker-like software usually comes hiding inside software bundles.

In case you really need and do download such a program bundle, you will still be able to avoid installing the browser hijacker that is possibly lurking inside it. To do so you will have to follow our easy yet very efficient steps. First of all, you need to be careful with what option of the installer you go with when start to install such applications.

It is necessary that you go through all the menus, carefully read the End-User Agreement and always choose the “Manual/Customize” installation option. That is how you will have the chance to select what to install on your computer and what to leave behind. If you follow the advice above, you will eliminate the risk of getting infected with to a good extent. Other helpful advice includes always enabling your pop-up blocker, anti-virus tool and firewalls. You will also need to update the aforementioned anti-malware products on a daily basis in order to be fully protected.

Is it possible to remove after it has been installed on your PC?

Luckily, if your PC has already been infected with , you may find the removal process not too complicated. A useful set of removal steps has been prepared for you to help you manage to uninstall this browser hijacker. Hopefully, the guide below will assist you in successfully removing from your computer.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Possibly annoying constantly appearing advertisements. Probably slower overall performance.
Distribution Method Usually inside a software bundle. Possibly via a torrent or a shareware website.
Detection Tool  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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How to remove “Virus” 

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.


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.


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 browser hijacker/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!

  • Treb

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.


    i got this one,,,

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Delete all of the ones you posted. They are part of the infection.

  • Dan

    These were the websites that were attached to my localhost.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hey Dan,
      Does these websites start with by any chance?

  • FiresaberXL

    It is local Host