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How to Remove “Virus” (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove the “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and all other modern browsers.

In the event of a browser hijacker infection, don’t rush to panic. Our article is dedicated to clarifying the effects and purpose of one of the latest browser hijackers called If you’ve been affected by a different one, stick around anyway, as the information provided here is likely to apply for your case as well. Browser hijackers are easily among the most annoying software products on the web. Getting one installed in your system will quickly start wreaking havoc in your browser, as the uninvited program will start changing its settings. Regardless of whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox or Explorer/Edge, you will soon notice a different homepage and a newly set default search engine will be redirecting your searches to various sponsored pages. In addition to the above, restoring the settings to their previous state will be impossible as long as remains on your PC. But don’t worry – our removal guide will show you exactly how to effectively locate and remove all the browser hijacker files in your system. What it’s all about

Browser hijackers are generally perceived as potentially unwanted programs, due to the massive irritation they cause and their rather stealthy distribution methods (more about that later). However, they are not viruses and aren’t capable of executing any malicious processes on your machine. From that point of view, they’re relatively safe and harmless. Hijackers like serve the online marketing industry and are therefore responsible for all the monstrous amounts of popups, banners, hyperlinks in plain text, box messages and other ads that keep flooding your browser. Their aim is to get you to click on them, as this is how the hijacker developers earn money. Thanks to a popular remuneration scheme known as PPC or Pay Per Click, the developers profit based on the amount of times their software’s adverts have been clicked. With this in mind, it’s easy to see exactly why the ads are always placed on such inconvenient for the user locations. They often expand to cover half the screen or a place just over a certain button on a page, etc.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with this activity, the developers have also discovered another way of making their ads more effective and more attractive. Oftentimes browser hijackers like are programmed to look into your browsing history and record information related to your search requests, visited webpages, content shared on social media, etc. This data provides hijacker with the needed perspective on your interests and estimated preferences. Following this ‘research’, the hijacker then modifies the ad flow, so that it will primarily display ads that will be of interest to you. Naturally, you will be more likely to click on something that has to do with what you were searching for online the other day, than just some random advertisement. However, this practice is widely frowned upon as it is often seen as a privacy invasion. This is especially true, because hijacker developers have gained a reputation for selling this information to various third parties.

As far as hijacker distribution goes, in the majority of cases people won’t even recall when and at what point they managed to install the program in question. This is true because the developers primarily rely on program bundles for the distribution of their ad-producing software. Bundles are basically software packages, where there is a main program, to the installation wizard of which one or more other programs are added. This is a very common technique, again there is nothing malicious or illegal about it. It’s just that the users’ carelessness often gets them to fall in the trap of these bundles, whereas this can very easily be avoided. Simply customize the installation settings of your program of choice by opting for the custom or advanced setup. You will see a list of added content, from which you can remove programs you don’t want to use or have installed. As far as viruses go, however, we feel obliged to warn you against clicking around on the displayed adverts. It’s fairly rare, but possible nonetheless that you could land on an ad that’s been compromised by hackers. These ads are known as malvertisements and are a very effective method for infecting users with various malware versions, such as Trojans and ransomware.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A change in the browser’s homepage and default search engine, as well as increased presence of online ads.
Distribution Method Mainly via program bundles, distributed on open source download platforms and various file sharing sites.
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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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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.


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 (TCP/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.

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.


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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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


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