How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)

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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.

Your Firefox or Chrome browser has probably gone crazy to redirect you to dozens of ads, pop-ups and banners, while a different homepage and a strange search engine have replaced your preferred ones. All this is activity that may be caused by a browser hijacker named If you are on this page, you are probably looking for a solution that will help you save yourself from this unwanted program. Luckily, our “How to remove” team has come up with a handy removal guide, the sole aim of which is to help you remove from your computer. Just read the following lines carefully and you will understand exactly how to do that.

What kind of program is

Now, to start with, we know that you are most probably afraid you may have caught some nasty virus. That’s why we will first clarify what kind of program has made its way on your PC. is an advertising-oriented program that falls under the category of browser hijackers. This program is created with the idea of displaying huge amounts of advertisements on your screen in the hope of you clicking some of them. This way, your clicks will generate income for its developers who earn from the infamous Pay-Per-Click scheme. In fact, the main purpose of this type of software is to earn money through this scheme. That’s why it is widely distributed on the web through software bundles, installation managers, free software installers, torrents, spam emails, open source download platforms and many more. Users usually don’t notice it when it gets installed, because it comes along with other software they willingly install. When running the setup they make a common mistake by clicking the standard installation and skipping the advanced option in the bundle. This is how they mostly end up with such programs on their PC.

There is hardly anything useful for users, who have browser hijackers installed on their system, except for the unstoppable ads, pop-ups, and banners that appear on their screen. Their searches usually get redirected to sponsored web pages that the vendors pay for to get traffic and clicks. Unfortunately, sometimes this activity may seriously interfere with the normal web activity of the users. In such cases, many people prefer to uninstall the browser hijacker in order to save themselves from the intrusive advertisements. vs viruses

Let’s begin by stating something that may seem strange to you – is not a “real” virus. In general, there are two types of programs that may cause some disturbance to users – the malicious ones and the potentially unwanted ones. The malicious programs such as viruses, different harmful scripts like Trojans, Ransomware and Spyware represent a serious security risk to every computer. They are illegal pieces of software, created by cyber criminals with the sole aim of performing a huge arsenal of harmful activities on the infected machine. Data theft, file corruption, system crashes, credential stealing, spying and blackmailing are just some of the activities a malicious infection similar to Ransomware could do. The potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), on the other hand, are mostly legally developed pieces of software, which do not intend to harm your computer in any way. However, they still may cause some potentially unwanted side effects or questionable activities. This is the case with the browser hijackers. Many people, who are not really sure what is causing the strange changes in their browser, may think that is a virus or some kind of malicious program that has taken over their computer. But they should not be worried about their system because this program itself cannot harm it in any way. However, there are some PC issues that may give them a good reason to uninstall the browser hijacker and here are some of them:

  • The speed of your computer and particularly the affected browser may be greatly reduced.
  • Your browsing may be constantly interrupted by irrelevant or undesired ads.
  • You may land on useless or insecure web pages.
  • Your browsing activity may be monitored and transmitted to third parties for profit or analysis.
  • Your PC screen may freeze due to the enormous amount of advertisements and new tabs.
  • Your system may spontaneously shut down or crash due to high CPU usage.

Having said this, it may be better for your computer to remove before you start experiencing all of its undesired side effects. This page offers a removal guide that will help you do this in just a few easy steps. Please follow the instructions below to effectively uninstall and all its traces. For extra support, we suggest you use the professional removal tool, which will deep scan your system for any leftovers.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your default browser is taken over by intrusive advertisements, a new homepage, search engine redirects and various popping boxes.
Distribution Method This program is mostly distributed through software bundles, installation managers, freeware platforms, torrents, spam emails.
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How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)



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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

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