Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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

If you’ve landed on this page, the chance is that you’ve got a really annoying browser hijacker named “Virus”. Fortunately, there is no need to worry about how to deal with it because on this page we are going to talk exactly about that. In the lines that follow, we will explain all the effects that could have on your machine. We will give you also a few tips on how to keep such annoying software away of your computer in the future. So, if you’ve opened your Chrome, Firefox or other default browser that you are using just to find out that your homepage or search engine has been replaced and now all your searches get redirected, the removal guide below is the thing that you need. It will help you remove and all of its annoying changes from your browser and uninstall the annoying ad-generating components once and for all. Just pay close attention to the steps and you will be ready in a few clicks. Browser Redirect Browser Redirect

What can do on your computer?

Usually, most of the peopleб who come across browser hijackers and get disturbed by their browser changes and redirects, refer to this type of software as a virus. However, this is a wrong statement, because programs like are not viruses and do not attempt to do harm to your computer or perform some malicious actions like a Trojan or Ransomware would do. When you get a browser hijacker on your PC, you may experience unauthorized changes in your homepage and search engine, which would usually make sure that you get redirected to different promotional sites or pages full of advertisements, intrusive banners, and pop-ups with commercial content. That surely may be irritating to some users, but there is absolutely no chance that your system would get infected with a self-replicating virus or your files would be encrypted by a Ransomware script if is operating on your machine. Such harmful actions are specialties to the heavy artillery of malware. The browser hijacker could only cause you some browsing-related disturbance and irritate you with its intrusive pop-ups, or get you exposed to irrelevant content, not responding to your searches. The speed of your browser may also get affected due to the huge amount of ads the hijacker wants to show you. It may take it a few minutes before it loads the pages you want and this may decrease your browsing experience and satisfaction to some extent. To some users, these are a few good reasons to remove the hijacker and actually many people may refer to it as potentially unwanted mainly due to these side effects.

Another quite irritating thing that could do is to keep track of your browsing activity and monitor your searches, browsing history, the pages you visit and your bookmarks. This is explained with the online advertising purpose that this program serves. Its owners, usually online businesses and software developers, use such software to profit from clicks on the displayed ads through the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. They may also get their hands on your browsing preferences thanks to the data-tracking activity and based on that, they may show you more of the paid ads to click on. Or, they may sell the collected data to some marketing agencies and online advertisers for extra gain. Some users may see this as a violation of their privacy, and that may give them another reason to decide to uninstall the browser hijacker from their computer.

Preventing further invasions by browser hijackers

When it comes to prevention from browser hijackers there are a few useful things that you need to know. Usually, this type of software is distributed all over the internet, so you can’t really be 100% safe unless you have a reputable antivirus and antimalware software, which can detect and block such ad-generating programs from your computer. Most commonly, programs like could be found in spam messages and especially in software bundles. That’s why, if you often happen to download and install software or applications from web locations like torrent sites, freeware platforms, download managers and direct installers, there is one thing we would advise you. Regardless of the software you intend to install, always read the EULA before running the setup because this is where you will be notified if any potentially unwanted software is bundled in the installer. If so, the thing you could do to prevent that particular unwanted software from being installed along with the program you desire is to click on the option labeled as “Advanced” or “Custom”. Avoid clicking on the “Standard/Quick” installation as this is how you are going to end up with the browser hijacker on your machine.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unauthorized changes and redirects may take place in your browser homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Most commonly, programs like could be found in spam messages and especially in software bundles.
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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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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

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