Virus is an unwanted application that hijacks web browsers in order to redirect traffic from them to websites that pay for visits. To achieve its goal, typically installs a new search engine and changes the homepage address of the targeted browser without asking for the users’ approval. Virus

The Virus will interfere with your browser.

There are a number of ways to land your computer or your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari or another one) with some undesired application which could potentially compromise the safety of the entire system and make it more vulnerable to malware (ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.) and viruses. That’s why, users who are concerned about the health of their computer know that, in general, any application that adds unnecessary add-ons to the system, consumes processor power, potentially interrupts their browsing activity or initiates some other unauthorized changes and actions should be treated with caution.

The Virus, in particular, is a newly reported application from the browser hijacking type that tends to cause a lot of disturbance and to raise a lot of questions among the users that detect it on their computers. On this page, however, we will tell you in brief the most important characteristics of and the safest methods that you can use to uninstall it.

Browser hijacker, in general, is a term used to describe non-malicious applications that have potentially unwanted behavior in the system. The browser hijackers typically look like browser applications that promise to enhance the web browsing experience of the users once they get installed. In reality, however, these apps rarely add up some significantly helpful feature and are rather annoying than useful. Commonly, the browser hijackers integrate to the system’s main web browser with the idea to display pop-up and banner advertisements on their screen and to redirect the user’s searches to sponsored pages. In order to promote more ads and pages, these programs may even modify the browser’s default search engine and the homepage by installing some new ones that load pay-per-click search results and redirect links. Fortunately, the changes that programs like make are only limited to the default web browser and are not intended to affect your system in a bad way or cause damage. Still, even a slight modification in the browser’s features and functionality may lower its overall stability and safety and may potentially become a weak spot for ransomware, Trojans and viruses to exploit. This is why we urge you to take the necessary precautions and uninstall any unwanted components and browser hijacking elements that seem disturbing.

To remove, you probably may need some help because it may not be enough to just uninstall the unwanted program in order to get rid of its changes. If you want to reset your web browser to its previous settings, you firstly will need to detect and remove any helper components that the browser hijacker has installed inside your system to facilitate its ad-generating and page-redirecting activities. For quick and smooth uninstallation, we recommend you to to combine the manual instructions in the guide below with the automated removal tool that we have listed, as this gives you the highest chance to eradicate anything connected to the hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The most common symptoms include unauthorized changes in the browser’s default search engine and homepage, as well uncontrolled page-redirects to random sites.
Distribution Method Developers frequently distribute Browser Hijackers in free software bundles, automatic installation managers and spam.
Detection Tool Virus Removal

To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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Maximum file size: 128MB.

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Virus Scanner Result VirusClamAV VirusAVG AV VirusMaldet

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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click Virus ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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