Browser Redirect “Virus” Spam Removal

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

In today’s article we will discuss browser hijackers as a whole and one particular version of them – These usually harmless programs could be greatly annoying because they might affect your browsers (all of them – Firefox, Explorer, and Chrome) and make them generate many possibly unwanted pop-up ads; redirect you to predetermined web pages; and change your default homepage and search engine. What’s more, they are becoming more and more widely-spread cyber annoyances. For more information about them, scroll down.

Browser hijackers – nature, effects and possible trouble that could come from them

You should know that this kind of software is not a troublemaker. The programs from this group, including the “virus”, might only irritate you with the aforementioned activities they perform within your browsers. However, not a single one of them could really cause any damage to you personally or your PC. The nature of this software is marketing-oriented. This means that such programs are simply created with the purpose of promoting a website, a product or a service in the best possible way. That’s why they act in the way described in the opening paragraph. There is nothing illegal about their activities – they just represent the mutual efforts of web developers and producers of goods and providers of services to advertise what they offer to as many potential clients as they can. The only relatively negative aspect of the “virus” and all the other similar programs is that by generating too many advertisements and causing too many redirections, they may drain your computer’s resources and make it slower than usual. Also, some users find another of any typical hijacker’s features quite shady – the ability to predict what kind of goods you may like by researching your browsing history and the consequent display of ads that match the predetermined profile of your preferences.

So, could we say that is not a virus?

Definitely, browser hijackers have never been identified as truly malicious. There are great differences between any hijacker and any typical virus (like the Ransomware-based ones, for example).  As we want to make that point clearer, we have compared and a virus based on Ransomware below, so that you will be able to notice how the two programs differ from each other:

  • If you are dealing with a normal hijacker like the “Virus”, you cannot expect any destruction, encryption or corruption of any of your files. Such programs are incapable of performing such evil activities.
  • On the contrary, in case you are facing a Ransomware infection, your computer and you, personally, both are in great danger. Ransomware tends to encrypt your favorite files and harass you later. Such programs are representatives of real malware.

As you now know that hijackers are relatively harmless and do not represent viruses, you might be wondering how such programs could infect your machine because you have no memories of installing them. Despite the lack of memories, these programs DO need your direct/ indirect approval to get incorporated into your system and in the next paragraph we will explain how this can happen.

Ways of catching a browser-hijacker infection

First of all, we are going to let you know what the usual hijacker sources are. In the general case, such annoying software may come from a torrent or a video-sharing website; from all other sorts of contaminated web pages; from spam. Nevertheless, the most common source is any freely-distributed program bundle. These creations represent software combos that might contain apps, games, Adware and hijackers. Any user could download them for free from the Internet. Developers create them so that they could get paid on the basis of the potential generated ads. This is also a quite efficient way of popularizing their own apps, programs and games. That is how the victim user may fall into the trap – they might be tempted to use an app or to try a new game from a given bundle and they may install the entire content of this bundle by choosing the wrong installation feature. The features that could possibly result in a hijacker-caused infection are the Quick, Default or Automatic one – all the ones that promise a quick and easy installation. The ones you should use instead are the Custom and the Advanced ones, which provide you with more manual options and with the opportunity to choose what exactly you need to install from a certain bundle. This installation tip is very useful when it comes to any software that you download from the web. Be safe and use it!

Ways of removing

We suggest that you go with the Removal Guide available below. You won’t be disappointed, as it has been especially prepared to fight and get rid of this browser hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browsers might begin to act in a strange way – redirect you without being commanded to; set up a completely unfamiliar homepage; and display various online advertisements.
Distribution Method As a part of bundles, torrents, contagious websites.
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.

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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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