Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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

The type of software that we will discuss in the paragraphs below is known as browser hijackers. The particular program of this software type that might have infected your computer is – a hijacker that is likely to change the search engine of whatever browser you use by default (Chrome / Firefox); as well as set your browser to begin redirecting you to unknown web addresses and cause the generation of a substantial number of online advertisements (pop-ups / tabs / boxes and others). All this happens without your informed or knowing consent. Below you are going to find some additional details about the typical infection with

Is identified as a malicious program?

None of the existing hijackers nowadays has ever been classified as genuinely malicious. Malware is normally characterized by its intrusive and harassing behavior once installed on your machine, including using your banking and account credentials in order to steal something from you; locking up some important data (as a typical virus like Ransomware does); or even watching you remotely via your own webcam. No such things could be performed by any browser hijacker, so you are not dealing with a virus when we are talking about an contamination.

Why could be behaving in such an irritating way?

The way usually acts is connected with the way its creators distribute it on the Internet. The usual method of spreading such ad-broadcasting programs is via bundles. A bundle is any combination of different software products, which tends to contain a piece of ad-producing software, either a hijacker or Adware, and some more authentic programs like new games and interesting tools. Such combos are often available for free, which means that all the users can download and install them, as they may have found such a bundle could contain really useful programs, and no money has to be paid for such a mix. Similarly, most infections in fact happen in such a way. First of all, the majority users on the web are more than willing to download free software and check it out. What’s more, programmers  want their new products to get the attention of the public in order for it to be purchased and they normally put them in such mixes. Also, some developers may put programs like inside bundles because they still need to make some extra money apart from just popularizing their own software. Moreover, by incorporating ad-generating programs into such combos, and coming up with a way to trick users into installing them, they may get employed and paid by the marketing industry, as every single pop-up might generate great profits for them. This is why software like is created and spread, and also infects so many devices on a daily basis nowadays.

How could you install without noticing that?

Precisely speaking, the download alone of any bundles won’t get your PC infected with a browser hijacker or an Adware-type product. It’s the improper installation habits that could indeed grant you with a kind of contamination. When we talk about bundles, many users might forget such mixes could contain more than one program, and might choose to install them in the Default or Automatic way. This will typically ensure the incorporation of all the software from the bundle into their computers. This is not a good idea at all, as such an installation manner of new software into your PC could potentially even cause malware infections. To stay safe, every user should get used to choosing only the features of the installation wizard that will allow them to perform an elaborate installation process, and will give them the chance to turn down any programs from any bundles that may appear suspicious. These features are called ADVANCED, or CUSTOMIZED/ CUSTOM.

How to deal with such a contamination?

Depending on the exact case, you may be able to remove most hijacker versions, including, in a quick and quite simple way. One of your opportunities to do that is by following the Removal instructions down there in the attached Removal Guide. It contains all the needed tips and should be exactly what you need in order to clean your system from



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser modifications are possible – in terms of ad generation and redirecting, as well as substitution of default homepages.
Distribution Method Mainly bundles, also – torrents, shareware, web pages with suspicious content.
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. 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 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.


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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