Browser Redirect Ads “Virus” Removal

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

Has your browser been behaving strangely lately? Has it set a new homepage? Or for a certain period of time now it has been displaying various pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and differently shaped boxes containing ads? Probably your browser has also started disregarding your commands by loading webpages that are not the ones you have specifically asked for? If the above corresponds to what is going on with your computer, it has been contaminated with Below you will find everything you need to know about this program and the other ones of this sort. is identified as…

… a program belonging to the browser hijacker group. Browser hijackers have been classified as ad-producing programs that also possess some more features like the ability to change any browser’s settings in terms of its homepage or the way it loads web pages. Many hijackers may redirect you to a website that is not the one you have wanted to open.

Where does love lurking?

You might find such software almost everywhere on the Internet. The list of the potential sources could include file sharing web pages, torrent websites, torrents in general, any spam – the detected and the undetected type, also email attachments like text documents. The most favorite spot for lurking, though, has always been the same: inside program bundles. These are mixtures of various types of software put together and spread together as a combo. It is important that you remember that this and all other hijackers cannot install themselves on your computer, no matter how you have come across them.

Let’s discuss the actual process of getting infected with

Maybe you have downloaded a program bundle, the most usual means of transport for the given browser hijacker. As you already know, these hijackers do not self-integrate into your PC. What happens next is that you probably want to install a program from the software bundle. However, you want that to happen fast and you are eager to use the given program, so when the installation wizard pops up, you do choose the quickest possible installation feature – the Automatic one. What is really happening after that is the actual process of infection, because you have automatically allowed all the programs that the given software bundle contains to get installed on your machine. The rest is history, as people say. From this moment on you start experiencing all the ads and the other irritating features of the hijacker.

Let’s just mention one more thing: it is completely normal to want to use a certain program from any bundle. If you are only interested in this program and you want to stay away from Adware-like software and browser hijackers, learn to always go with the Custom function of the installer. In this way you will get to select what to install on your PC and what to disregard.

Is a type of virus or malware?

Stay calm and focus on what we are about to say in this article. As far as we know and as much information as we have on that topic, there hasn’t even been any doubt that might actually be a virus. It is NOT malicious, it is just suspicious with the variety of advertisements it generates and the sudden redirections it could cause. If your system WAS really infected with a real virus like any Ransomware-based program, some of the files there might have been blocked, your access to them may have been limited. Also, many viruses are used for spying on the victim users, stealing account and banking details and even for identity thefts. Fortunately, your case is not even close to such scary and serious scenarios.

Why do programmers put ad-generating software in the bundles along with their own programs?

Money is again at the core of everything that is going on online. Developers indeed distribute ad-producing software because the produced-to-be ads will earn them a lot of money. Such ad campaigns are legal and widely spread under the name pay per click. Every programmer is paid an amount of money on the basis of the number of the displayed and clicked on pop-ups, banners and boxes. It is just a regular business practice.

Removing mission possible or mission impossible?

The ads and redirections you may have experienced are relatively harmless but might be playing with your nerves. To save you from them we have assembled a removal guide. If you use it correctly, you will be able to uninstall from your PC.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Disturbing ads and redirects. Possibly slower overall system performance.
Distribution Method In bundles with Adware and other software.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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

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