How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)

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

You might have noticed that not all software that is promoted as helpful and beneficial to the user and their PC is actually such a great deal. Furthermore, there are certain programs that you can get from the internet, which are not only all that useless, but are also intrusive and oftentimes problematic. is one such a program that is notorious for the questionable processes it runs on the computer it has been installed on. This particular piece of programming aims for the most popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and IE, changing their regular homepage and search engine and in some cases causing sudden browser page redirects. The truth is that these are only some of the unwanted tasks that such applications might administer. Therefore, it should be quite obvious that hardly any user would like to have it on their PC. The aim of this article is to help our readers get a better grasp of what software like is capable of as well as provide them with all the necessary information needed for you to remove it.

What is is an application that is of the Browser Hijacker type. Most such programs are quite similar in function and purpose. As we already mentioned, such software hardly ever has any useful functionality for the users themselves. For the most part, the sole idea behind a Hijacker is profit for its developer via certain obscure methods. While generally not considered illegal, the revenue-earning techniques employed by Browser Hijackers can be quite bothersome for the actual users, especially since these programs rarely provide any compensation for the annoyance and even when they do, it is usually not really worth it. “Virus”?

Due to their intrusive behavior, applications such as might often be mistakenly considered to be some sort of malicious and harmful software or a downright Virus. However, as we said, this is not a correct conclusion regarding the nature of Browser Hijackers. Sure, they can and likely will carry out certain unwanted tasks on your PC if they get there, yet they are nothing like noxious viruses and other harmful software such as Trojan Horses or Ransomware. A Browser Hijacker usually does not threaten the safety and security of your PC and does not attempt to harm your system in any way. On the other hand, a malicious program of the Ransomware type can lock all your data and blackmail you for ransom. A Trojan horse virus can destroy your system, steal money from your online bank accounts or spy on you. These aren’t things typical for a regular Browser Hijacker. Therefore, should you face such a program, know that there is no need to panic – just remain calm and follow the removal guide located below the article. However, before you get to that, make sure you read the final two paragraphs, because they contain some crucial information regarding Browser Hijackers that you need to be acquainted with.

Remember to remain cautious

Although Browser Hijackers are not malicious and usually pose no threat to your system and your online security, there are still several things you need to be aware of concerning and other similar programs. First of all, some Hijackers might display exaggerated or false error messages on your screen. These are often a type of aggressive advertising trying to trick you into buying some obscure and often poorly programmed PC optimization tool. Do not fall for these, since their effectiveness is oftentimes overstated and in some cases such tools are nothing but more unwanted software. Additionally, programs of this type might keep track of your online search queries for marketing and promotional purposes. However, no matter the end goal, such online tracking is a privacy invasion and should be treated as such. On top of that, due to the high PC resource consumption of these Hijackers, if you currently have one that is active on your PC, the machine might become sluggish or even freeze on some occasions.

Keep future Browser Hijackers out of your computer’s system

As important as knowing how to remove might be, it is equally important that you do not allow any other similar programs to get installed onto your PC again. Therefore, from now on, make sure that you only visit and download content from reputable and trustworthy sites. Also, be careful with what e-mails you open, since unwanted software often gets distributed through junk mail letters. Last but not least, be on the lookout for file bundles. Sometimes, when you download an installer for some new program, that installer might have some unwanted add-ons such as packed within it. In order to avoid installing these alongside the main program, always utilize the Custom/Advanced installation settings. Those allow the user to see and leave out of the installation any potentially unwanted software like the program we are currently talking about. If you adhere to these simple, yet crucial tips, you should have no problem with any future Browser Hijackers. "Virus" Browser Redirect


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changed browser homepage or search engine, sudden page redirects and sometimes PC slowdown.
Distribution Method Downloadable content from file-sharing sites, torrents, junk mail, software bundles, etc.
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How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)



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  – 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.


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

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


    • I thought so, but sometimes I do get redirect ads when clicking on links. I have adwcleaner but it doesn’t seem to have picked up on this.

      • Hi again Hyuna, are you sure the redirect is not on the site you are visiting itself? Do you also get it on site you know are safe and non-problematic?

        If this is the case check if your DNS has been changed. Also click on the small arrow that points upwards down on the taskbar. Look for any icon there you don’t recognize. You may have something active and not attached to the browser.

  • Hi Maria, entries starting with are actually blocked from opening. It could be you have some sort of Ads blocker installed and that is good. Leave them there.

    Anything else?

  • Hello Georgi, please make sure there is no active malware process using these registry keys. Did you run safe mode first?

  • Hi again Georgi,
    i would suggest to you to download SpyHunter from one of our banners above and use the free scan feature. The scanner will locate any infected files and show you their location, where you can delete them manually. Keep us posted if you have further issues.

  • You are most welcome Georgi. Remember in the future if you stumble upon something suspicious, we are here to help 🙂

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