Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) June 2017 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

Irritating programs such as “Virus” are everywhere throughout the World Wide Web and getting rid of such an application after it has gotten installed onto your PC can be a rather frustrating task, especially if you don’t know what steps you must take in order to see to the program’s removal. The program that we are currently focusing on is what experts would normally refer to as a Browser Hijacker. What’s typical about this type of software is that it could introduce a variety of unpleasant browser changes to your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser. Some common examples of undesirable Hijacker activity Is when it tries to replace the user’s default browser homepage or search engine as well as install some obscure new toolbars or trigger redirects to various websites without the user’s permission. The good news is that within the next couple of paragraphs, you will have the opportunity to learn more about this intrusive piece of software as well as find out what methods there are for eliminating it. Therefore, if you are currently struggling with the nagging “Virus”, it is advisable that you keep on reading. Browser Redirect

What is the idea behind a Browser Hijacker program?

The truth about Hijackers is that they are more often than not created solely to benefit their creators without actually offering the regular user anything that is worthwhile. The majority of programs that can be categorized as Hijackers would normally have the ability to employ a number of advertising and marketing techniques which would allow them to generate money at the expense of the customer’s patience. Obviously, nobody would like to have their browsing program taken out of their control and customized in a way that certainly doesn’t contribute to a better online experience (quite the opposite, actually). However, it is through those changes that the developer of the invasive piece of software is able to gain income from their product. Surely, there are Hijacker-like programs out there that might actually have some form of useful function that would benefit the user as well but instances of such programs of the Browser Hijacker type are rarity. “Virus” 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 “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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!

What harm can come from “Virus”?

While Browser Hijackers like the one we are talking about in this article aren’t the most dangerous and harmful forms of PC software, one still needs to be vigilant and careful if they have one such program on their PC. “Virus” isn’t some form of noxious Ransomware or an insidious Trojan horse virus but it could still make it so that your computer system becomes less protected and more vulnerable to potential virus attacks. Normally, it is advisable that anyone who has a Hijacker program on their machine keep away from anything that gets generated and displayed by the irritating application. This includes the page redirects, potential advertising materials and pop-ups that might start appearing inside the browser and so on. It is probably also a good idea to avoid using the toolbar or search engine that could have been enforced upon the browser program by the Hijacker. All in all, the further away you stay from the sketchy piece of software, the better. As we mentioned, even though it is nowhere near as harmful and problematic as actual viruses (Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, etc.) it could still be a security risk and this is something that shouldn’t be left ignored.

How you can avoid landing Hijackers in the future

It is undoubtedly best if you simply manage to keep such undesirable programs away from your machine instead of having to go through the whole process of having them removed. Of course, if you do indeed have the nagging Hijacker on your PC, you can always use our guide manual down the page which will help you uninstall the program but it is important that you also learn how to keep your PC clean and safe in the future.

The majority of Hijacker developers tend to use a number of sneaky distribution methods for spreading their products and ensuring that they reach more and more users. Most notably, programs like “Virus” get distributed via spam social network messages and e-mails, misleading Internet advertisements, offers and warnings and software bundles. In order to avoid getting a Hijacker installed on your machine, you ought to be very considerate with regards to what you do while browsing the internet and what sites you visit. Also, do not open any new messages that might not seem reliable – spam is usually not that difficult to recognize yet being extra observant certainly won’t hurt. As far as the file bundles are concerned, be sure to always check the installation wizards of new programs that you want to install so as to see if there are any added applications to the main software piece. If you see anything shady as an optional install, untick it from the setup menu before you proceed with installing the program.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Normally, the changes to your browser are more than enough to give away the Hijacker.
Distribution Method Malvertising/misleading browser ads banners and offers, spam messages to your e-mail, Skype or social network accounts, file bundles, etc.
Detection Tool

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