Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 UpdateSearch Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 UpdateSearch Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

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

Please take the time to read this. If you are here, then most likely the unusual behavior of your PC prompted you to seek help and try to find out what exactly is the thing that infected you. In this article we will attempt to explain to you the general classifications of computer viruses and how they relate to At first glance this might not seem terribly efficient and relevant to your situation, but in fact – it is. The reason for this is called a “virus cocktail” in slang terms. It refers to the practice of online threats barraging you with practically anything imaginable, from seemingly mild nuisances like Adware and Browser Redirects to e-crimes such as Trojans and even Ransomware. This means it’s possible that you have several different viruses or adware on your system right this very moment.

You need to understand how they work and operate to successfully remove them on your own. This can be both hard and time consuming. Anything you miss can lead to the virus reemerging later on, or in the most extreme cases, to steal your passwords (including those for online banking accounts) if there is a keylogger on your PC – a software that records whatever you type and can send it to its master, the person who created the virus.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  Random redirects to products or websites promoted by the hijacker
Distribution Method Software bundles primarily, can be installed together with a bunch of PUPs and adware.
Detection Tool



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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

The major classifications of online threats go as follows:

  • PUPs – or potentially unwanted programs, are programs that might have been installed together with the virus. Look for any recent entries in your Program Files/Program Data folders, as well as in the Control Panel. These programs can either:
    Offer you a variety of unsafe products that they promote as a must-have in a distasteful fashion (creating ads that are an shown even in Windows explorer)
  • Pass themselves as a concerned anti-virus software that seemingly finds an incredible amount of errors, probably in the hundreds, and “strongly urges” you to buy an enhanced version of the software to fix the errors. These warnings can occur even on freshly installed system, thus absolutely flagging them as bogus. This type is commonly called Scareware.

Adware – aside from PUPs these are likely the least damaging critters out there. This is the type belongs to. Adware are even technically legal, although this has been disputed and they definitely reside in a grey area. Here’s the deal: adware are considered a crude promotional tool at best, a security threat at worst. The reason for their legality is that adware are mostly installed via third-party software. Most of this software comes in the form of free programs. These free programs – or freeware as they are known – do not generate revenue for their owners, who have to resort to other things to monetize. That’s where adware comes in. Freeware install themselves in a bundle with an adware and they actually tell you will be receiving third-party advertising. But the warning you receive is contained in the EULA.

Browser Redirects – the threat that  forces you to visit other websites on each new page, new tab, changes your search engine and fills the results with highly dubious entries. may do this as well. The only reason these things exist is to redirect you towards certain websites in order to increase their traffic and thus their standing in Google.

Trojan – one of the nastiest and most dangerous viruses you can encounter. They can record your personal information, passwords and accounts and then send them to whoever created the malware. In reality they represent a backdoor for the hacker to enter and tamper with your system. But the real and biggest damage they may cause is when they serve as an agent that sets up and allows a Ransomware to begin its operation.

Ransomware are the most brutal virus an everyday user can encounter. They come in, lock up your files with a nasty and powerful encryption and demand that you pay up – usually in the range of hundreds of dollars – so it can return the infected files to you. They resemble Scareware a lot, except they deliver on their promises. A good thing is that is unlikely to cause this. Removal

UPDATE! You can visit this article for an updated version of the guide: Remove Pop-Up Ads from Chrome/Firefox (Adware Virus)

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this step. may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.

Repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update —–> Manage Add-ons.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Find the malware. Remove it by pressing DisableIf your Home Page has been hijacked, go to Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update —–> Internet Options> change the URL to whatever you use —> Apply.  Reset Your IE Settings

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update (top right) ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Find the adware/malware —> RemoveRefresh Your Firefox Settings.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update Remove from Chrome:

 Start Chrome, click Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. Find the malware and  select  Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

 Click Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update —> Settings —> Search —> Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but your normal search engines. Reset Your Chrome Settings.


Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

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) as well.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

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:

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.

In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

Search Virus Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2019 Update

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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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    • Delete those IP addresses from the Hosts file and then save the changes made to the file. Those IP addresses aren’t supposed to be in your Hosts file.

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