“Virus” Removal (July 2017 Update)

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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.

If you think that your browser has gone crazy and has started flooding your screen with hundreds of nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and tabs, you should know that there is a quick way to bring things back to normal. The usual source of such activity is a type of ad-generating software, known as a browser hijacker, and in the next lines, we will stop our attention to one particular representative named “Virus”. This program can become part of your system in a bit tricky way and can impose certain changes to your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer such as homepage or search engine replacements, sudden page redirects, installation of new toolbars and generation of numerous promotional messages all over your monitor. In the guide below, we are going to show you how to safely uninstall it and remove these changes. So, stay with us if you want to rid yourself from the browsing disturbance and carefully read the information that follows.

What is a browser hijacker and what can it do?

Programs, which initiate aggressive ads positioning on your screen and impose some unapproved changes to your browser are generally classified as Browser hijackers. Due to their rather aggressive behavior, such programs are often regarded as potentially unwanted and so is the case with “Virus”. This piece of software is one of the many browser hijacking applications, specialized in redirecting the users’ searches to different nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and promotions, with the sole idea to generate profits for its developers thanks to Pay-Per-Click campaigns.

The most irritating issue that probably disturbs you when “Virus” operates on your PC is that every time you open your browser and try to search something on the web, a wall of aggressively popping ads comes on your way and interrupts your browsing. Your searches may frequently get redirected to some unknown sites and you may be forced to interact with some sketchy and unsafe web content. For these reasons, you probably reached our page where you can find instruction on how to uninstall the browser hijacker and remove these ads.

How can “Virus” infect you?

If we speak about infections, we usually refer to viruses, malware like Trojans or Ransomware and some other online threats. These pieces of software normally attack your computer in a stealthy way and hide deep inside the system while performing their malicious activities. Browser hijackers, however, do not do that. Pieces like “Virus” are not malicious and do not “infect” you in a stealthy way. They are legally developed programs and to become part of your system, they need you to install them. You often may end up with such ad-generating software by running a software bundle, where they may be packed. There is an easy way to prevent them, though, and if you carefully read the EULA and use the “advanced/custom/manual” installation options instead of the “automatic/quick” one, they will never become part of your system. Sources of such bundles are often some freeware or shareware sites, torrents, automatic installers, free download links or online installation managers, spam messages and emails with attachments.

What is the danger if “Virus” operates on your PC?

 Generally, there are no direct security risks, related to browser hijackers. According to most of the leading security experts, programs like “Virus” are pretty harmless. However, the users may often wrongly take them for viruses due to their rather invasive behavior as well as a bit tricky ways they are uninstalled. Programs of this type may also be related to a data collection activity, which the users have no direct control on. What we mean here is that the developers, who own the browser hijacker, often use this software to collect some browsing-related information about the users’ web surfing habits and interests. Basically, the developers track down the users’ latest web searches, social likes, and shares and try to adjust the ads that the hijacker displays accordingly. This is done for the purposes of the marketing industry and is not considered as a cyber crime equal to the malicious activities of a Ransomware or a Trojan horse. However, the problem is that it is not really clear where this data gets transmitted and how safely it is stored and if the users don’t want to be tracked down, they have no option to disable this activity unless they fully remove the application. This, added to the constant browsing interruptions, frequent page redirects and nagging new pop-ups may give a good reason for some people to remove “Virus”, and if you are one of them, the removal guide below is at your disposal.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Constant browsing interruptions, frequent page redirects and nagging new pop-ups all over your monitor.
Distribution Method Software bundles,  freeware or shareware sites, torrents, automatic installers, free download links or online installation managers, spam messages and emails with attachments.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).



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.

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.


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 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!

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