Browser Redirect “Virus” Ads Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

In the article below we have gathered and summarized all the information that you have to know about “Virus” Ads. This version of a browser hijacker is normally a harmless program, however, deeply annoying with the possible modifications of your browser apps that it may cause. These modifications include the production of some unwanted pop-up ads while you are trying to surf the Internet. Also, some redirecting processes may be conducted. To top it all off, all your default homepages and search engines could change and new ones may be displayed. What’s more, this kind of software might really affect all your browsers – neither Chrome, nor Firefox and Explorer will be spared. Continue reading and learn how to counteract that contamination in an easy and sensible way. Good luck!

Contrary to what you might expect, and its siblings are not malicious in any way. Indeed, some of the existing browser hijackers might show some inexplicable and shady features such as the aforementioned ones, which could greatly annoy you. However, even these program’s abilities to use the history records of your browsers in order to match the ads stream to your supposed preferences are not a reason serious enough to identify this type of software as malicious.

What to expect from

In general, normally functions as a typical hijacker. It cannot do anything more to your PC than the activities we have already described above. Again, this program is simply marketing-oriented and cannot cause much real trouble, just a lot of annoyance. What’s more, the creation of hijackers is a normal and legitimate process, which helps software developers make more money, and manufacturers – get their goods effectively advertised.

What is impossible when it comes to a hijacker-inflicted infection?

Anything truly dangerous and bothering like the encryption or destruction of data is highly improbable when we talk about This program differs from the exemplary Trojan and Ransomware-based viruses to a great extent. For instance, this type of software is practically unable to access anything on your PC, either directories, or separate files, except for the data about your recent search requests. Trojans and Ransomware, on the other hand, tend to get access to the entire system and corrupt or damage many parts of it. What makes the hijackers and the popular virus groups even more different are the usual ways the two software types get distributed. While Trojans and Ransomware could invade your computer rather automatically, cannot be installed without your (knowing or unknowing permission).

Where do browser hijackers normally lurk?

When we talk about the potential means of spreading hijackers, we have to say that there may be dozens of diverse sources. Still, some of them are more usual than others and we are going to discuss the most common ones mainly.

  • Torrents and shareware – browser hijackers and Adware could be included inside torrents and shareware.
  • Spam in any form – clicking on an online ad, which spams your browser, may lead to the infection with a hijacker and the generation of many other ads.
  • Contagious web pages – sometimes some websites contain ad-producing software and you may catch it via knowingly or unknowingly downloading and installing something from such a page.
  • Nevertheless, the most usual hijacker sources are the infamous bundles – these are sets of apps, programs and games which you can typically download and use for free from various file sharing platforms. Sometimes such mixes contain ad-generating programs such as To be precise, you cannot catch any hijacker via downloading a bundle for free, the only way to do so is to install the entire bundle. Below you will see how to prevent an infection by choosing the correct installation feature and installing only the programs you need and only the features you want.

Performing an ideal installation process

It is essential to remember this tip. By doing so you will start developing some healthy surfing and computing habits, in general. The essence of the right installation process is to select the proper wizard feature. Without wasting any time in irrelevant details, we will advise you to stay away from the features that install the whole bundle – the “Easy”, the “Default” and the “Recommended” one. Instead, install only what you really need and want via the following options – the “Custom”, the “Advanced”, or the “Customized” one.

Getting rid of

Luckily, such a contamination can be counteracted by following the appropriate instructions. Fortunately, we have already gathered them all in our Removal Guide below. Follow them closely and you will be able to remove this annoying hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Nothing really dangerous, just your browser apps could be modified.
Distribution Method Usually in bundles/ torrents/ contaminated web pages.
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. “Virus” Ads Removal


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.


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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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