Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 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.

Browser Hijackers are a category of potentially unwanted computer software that most commonly try to invade the user’s browser and make certain changes to it without being authorized to do so. For instance, if such a hijacker gets installed on your machine, it will likely try to replace the search engine and the homepage of your browser with custom/sponsored ones without asking you for permission. The new-tab page might also get changed and a new toolbar might get added to your browser in some cases. Additionally, such hijackers are notorious for their ability to trigger page redirects to random sites that the nagging piece of software tries to promote. Generation of irritating adverts is also not beyond the realms of possibility with browser hijackers. Something important to mention here is that it really doesn’t matter what browser you use – it could be Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera or any other, most hijackers can typically integrate themselves in all of the popular browsing programs. “Virus”


The purpose of this current article is to provide our readers with a better understanding of what those intrusive browser redirects actually are, what issues they might cause and how you can remove them from your PC and keep them away in future. Recently, we’ve received reports about a newly released such hijacker named “Virus” and if you are currently on this page, then it’s likely that you already have “Virus” on your computer and you are now looking for a way to eliminate it. As we mentioned, here we can offer you the knowledge that you’d need in order to successfully uninstall this hijacker and remove all of its components from your system and from your browser. You can find detailed instructions on how to get rid of “Virus” down below, in our removal guide manual but first, we advise you to read the rest of the article as the information in it is highly important and can help you keep your computer safe in future from both browser hijackers and more dangerous software threats like Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware. “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 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!

A hijacker’s purpose

Browser redirects like “Virus” typically have one main purpose – to promote certain websites, search engines, software tools and applications, web services or any other type of product. A hijacker is basically a tool that its creators use for online marketing and different advertising campaigns. The developers of such irritating browser add-ons typically earn money for the advertising services that they provide. Common revenue-earning models such as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View are the staple element that allows hijacker creators to gain income through their products. However, the issue is that the end users don’t really benefit in any way from such aggressive advertising. Most hijackers do not really offer any useful features that the user’s browser doesn’t already have by default. Of course, every now and then there comes a hijacker-like browser add-on that does actually do something useful. The thing is that such instances are rare exceptions. Most browser-redirects like are more or less useless or even if they come with some feature that the user might benefit from, the intrusiveness and the obstructive behavior of the app almost always outweighs any positive traits that the hijacker might have to offer.

But is it a virus?

Of course, this is probably one of the most pressing matters that you are currently concerned with if you have “Virus” on your machine. If that’s the case, you’d be relieved to read that hijackers aren’t all that dangerous as they are not real viruses and are typically not supposed to harm anything on your machine. Sure, they could really frustrate you and might be rather tricky to remove sometimes but they usually do not have any malicious traits unlike actual threatening software hazards like Spyware, Worms, Rootkits, Ransomware, Trojans and other similar dangerous malware viruses. That said, due to the changes that “Virus” has likely made to your browser and your computer’s Internet settings, your system might no longer be as secure and as protected as you’d like it to be. It’s possible that hijackers might cause the appearance of system vulnerabilities that hackers might try to exploit in order to infect your system with malware. Therefore, we still advise you to get rid of this piece of unwanted software ASAP by making use of the removal guide down below.

Stay safe on the Internet and be careful when installing program bundles

The most typical hijacker distribution methods are spam messages, fake update requests or suggested software downloads, pirated software on illegal or sketchy sites, unreliable and misleading web ads and so on. File bundles are also commonly used to spread browser-redirects like so be careful with that too. If you are to install a new program, always be sure to check the setup customization settings to see if there are any optional installs there. If you find anything bundled to the main program, look it up and see if it is potentially unwanted and if in case it turns out you don’t really want that software on your PC, opt out of its installation before you move on with to launching the installation process for the main program of the bundle.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you have a hijacker on your PC, then your browser’s homepage, new-tab page and/or search engine have likely been replaced by new ones.
Distribution Method File-bundling is the most commonly used method. Other distribution techniques are spam messages and mavlertising.
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.

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