Browser Redirect Virus Popup Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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If you are currently experiencing certain changes to your browser (Chrome, IE, Opera, Firefox, Edge or any other) such as replaced homepage and search engine and if you are faced with an overwhelming number of web ads and page redirects every time you go on the Internet, then you are likely dealing with a software from the browser hijacker category which is the actual culprit for the disturbance that you are struggling with. If this is indeed your present situation, the tips and advice from the next paragraphs might help you handle the situation and remove the application responsible for the browsing intrusiveness that you are currently being subjected to. The main focus in the next lines will be one particular recently released piece of software that belongs to the group of browser hijackers. It’s name is Virus and many have already complained about its rather intrusive behavior and have sought help for removing it. Down below, you can find instructions that will help you uninstall the pesky software and remove it from your browsing program but we advise you to first read the rest of the article before you head down to the actual removal guide for Virus.

About Browser Hijackers

It’s, of course, easy to get frustrated if every time you open your browser you start to get redirected to random pages that you didn’t want to go to or if your screen begins to get flooded with different obnoxious and intrusive adverts that prevent you from navigating the Internet without getting obstructed. This is actually a common issue that many users are facing every day. Of course, it is after all something to be expected – web ads are everywhere nowadays and the online marketing industry is currently bigger than ever so it makes sense that a lot of sites integrate promotional materials within their pages. However, oftentimes the ads and page redirects that users get subjected to when browsing the Internet aren’t actually coming from any particular website. Instead, in many cases, the different promotional materials displayed on one’s screen are actually generated from a software inside your computer. Virus is one example of such software. Understandably, since this type of applications are known for imposing unwanted changes to the user’s browser, they are called browser hijackers. In most of the cases, a browser hijacker application would be considered unwanted because it doesn’t really do anything helpful for the user and instead only disturbs the customer’s normal browsing experience with its constant redirects, ads and browser changes. Virus Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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).



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 (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.



  • 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 Virus 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 Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Virus 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.


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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

However, if Virus is currently on your PC, know that there is no reason to panic and to be worried about your system’s safety – browser hijackers aren’t malware programs and normally have no malicious or harmful capabilities (unlike actual viruses such as Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Trojan Horses, etc.). For the most part, an application like Virus should only be used by its creators for generating revenue by applying models such as Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View. The more hijacker-generated page redirects and ads the users visit/interact with, the greater the overall income that the developers of such advertising-oriented software would gain. Again, this doesn’t really benefit the end user in any given way aside from potentially landing on some interesting and appealing offers. However, in most cases the user would rather have the ads removed since the cons of having a hijacker on one’s browser totally outweigh the pros. That is also why we have made sure to provide our readers with a detailed and yet easy-to-follow removal guide for Virus which each and every one of you could use in order to get rid of the pesky application.

Our advice

Despite the fact that hijacker applications are normally regarded and as incapable of causing any direct harm to one’s system, we still need to warn you to be careful around such applications. Their ads, for instance, might not always be as safe as you’d like them to be. There is a possibility that some of the banners, pop-ups or page redirects might land you on shady and unreliable web locations where you might be exposed to viruses like Trojans and Ransomware. That is why we advise you to use the guide below and follow its steps in order to eliminate Virus and avoid potential complications. Also, to avoid future installations of such software on your PC, do not interact with web content that doesn’t seem reliable such as spam e-mails or suspicious-looking web ads and also only download software that is reliable, legal and legally distributed. Lastly, when you’re about to install any new program on your machine, explore its setup menu and see if there are any optional installs added to the program. If you see any bundled applications in the setup menu, uncheck them so as to leave them out of the installation if they look like they could be hijackers or some other form of potentially unwanted software.

Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker will typically try to modify your browser and flood it with ads which is how you can notice the presence of the unwanted software.
Distribution Method In most cases, the main distribution methods for hijackers are spam messages, malvertising and software-bundling.
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