Malware Removal From Chrome/Firefox/IE

This article aims to help users remove Malware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. There are many people who have been asking what is and asking for “ virus” (or malware) around the web, but in reality its type is called a browser hijacker. Which is not a virus at all, but rather resides in a legal grey area. Malware Removal

What we are dealing with in the face of Malware is a typical browser hijacker product. These things exist in order to spam Ads into your internet browser. Most commonly the trigger is clicking on a link or opening a new tab, so you will get to see the annoying Ads all the time. Malware does not have a pause button and cannot be disabled – the only way to get rid of it is to remove all traces of it from your machine. This is exactly where this article steps in to help.

Be wary of Malware and don’t trust anything shown or offered to you for download

In it’s core Malware remains a piece of malicious software and while some of the Ads may look promising there is also a very good chance that you are actually seeing is some sort of scam. Malware is capable of reading into your browser’s recent history and past search queries and it uses that data to determine which products might interest you.

Note that not all Ads might be malicious, but there is a very good chances that at least some are. They could take you to copy-cat sites that look exactly like the real, well known counterpart and may even have similar URL – with a letter or two in difference. If you make the mistake of trying to log-on into such a site the hackers will copy your account name and password. Those can be then used to access your real account, steal private data, steal other accounts

Any files Malware may offer you to download pose an even greater risk to your computer. Browser hijackers like Malware are universally recognized as an entrance point for other, more dangerous viruses. Any executable file they offer you, regardless of the program it pretends to be, should be treated as a potentially infected and never ran or installed.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Malware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Malware from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Malware


Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


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Now that you have entered safe mode you can begin to actually remove Malware. Since it is browser hijacker based and it’s functions are closely related to your internet browser it is logical to begin by removing it from there. To do that you need to run Steps 2&3 for each and every internet browser currently installed on your computer. Note that this includes ALL of them – even browsers you are not currently using and haven’t used for a long time. Internet Explorer is a good example in that category for people who rely on Firefox/Chrome/Safari.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Malware . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next. Malware Removal From FIrefox Malware  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove). Malware Removal From Chrome

 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Malware and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

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If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


What follows up next is likely the hardest and also the most dangerous part of the guide. Unfortunately you can’t skip it if you want to be certain that all traces of Malware have been removed. Make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully, as making a mistake could damage your OS or other important programs. If yuu are unsure of your abilities you can instead try to download a professional anti-malware tool. You can use it to clean out Malware and protect your PC against other malware in the future. The in-build scanner can also come in handy, as it is able to detect malware that remains invisible to the naked eye.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 7 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips