Browser Redirect Virus 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.

If we are give an example of a software issue that is truly annoying and can happen to anyone’s device, this is certainly getting an application such as Virus installed on your machine. Virus is a browser hijacker app (also referred to as a page redirect) and it is capable of irritating any user by showing too many advertisements while they are trying to surf the Internet, or redirect the search requests to random web pages that the hijacker is seeking to promote. The effects of the majority of the known browser hijackers could only be seen in  browsers, even if we have installed the newest versions of the most famous ones like Firefox and Chrome. Such redirects could affect and change them all. Therefore, created an informative article full of important details, removal instructions and safety tips to help you cope with the Virus hijacker.

Hijacking browsers – is that a malicious activity?

In fact, browser hijackers are regarded as an actual malware category – they are technically not viruses. It is normal that their usual activities could be found quite bothering by most of the affected users, however, most of what a hijacker typically does doesn’t directly cause any system or data harm on the user’s machine.

The most common abilities of these browser redirects are to change your search requests and send you to unknown web locations or to display an overwhelming number of cyber ads as well as replace your favourite search engine or browser homepage with some new one. All of this is primarily done for the purposes of online marketing and promoting various products and sites. Page redirects exist because something somewhere needs to be promoted, popularized and successfully sold to the public. Therefore, web developers came up with the idea of creating a product that could be used for online advertising purposes. Normally, this promotion-oriented nature has nothing to do with anything malicious but may greatly annoy the affected users.

What about Virus- are there any specific features or possible dangers resulting from it?

What we could say in particular about Virus is that there has been no proof of any malicious effects regarding this page redirect. Of course, it possesses all the irritating typical features of all the other hijackers, however, it is not known to have caused anything harmful to users who’ve had it installed on their machines. Now, that we know what such a redirect may result in, we should discuss the possible sources of Virus, among which the program-bundling method seems to be the most common and effective one. These freeware program packages could be downloaded almost everywhere on the Internet and you pay nothing for them. Such bundles oftentimes contain some form of advertising software added to the main program. That is how the creators of these otherwise free bundles make some additional profits – the advertising software, once installed, generates income for its creator through its promoting activities. The developers of redirects like Virus get generously paid in return as the advertising campaigns they organize may lead to increased profits. Of course, Virus might come from other sources such as torrents, pop-ups, spam and different web pages, however, the so-called bundles are indeed the most commonly utilized distribution model one. 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).



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!


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser app changes such as ad production and unexpected redirection.
Distribution Method Mostly found as a component of free bundles, spam or torrents.
Detection Tool

What if we want to use something from a given bundle but we don’t want to be affected by Virus?

Fortunately, there is a way to benefit from new software without being bothered by page redirects such as Virus. All you need to do is vigilant and attentive when installing any new program

The only completely safe way of getting anything installed is by selecting the proper installation steps. Usually, you should be looking for the Custom, Advanced or Manual. What these installer features provide is a detailed installation process that you are able to control by precisely choosing what you want and what you do not want on your device. None other of the offered options like the Easy or the Quick  ones give you that freedom. Stick with what has been proven to be safe and never choose other installation features to ensure that your system stays healthy and hijacker-free.

Removing the irritating page redirects could be possible in case:                          

You are ready to carefully read and put into practice the removal instructions inside the Guide attached to this article. It has been tested and should be effective in your case.

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