Site icon Virus Removal Guides Virus is a page-redirecting browser hijacker app that takes over the browser and installs various unwanted components in it. If you have, you will likely see there’s a new search engine in your browser and that the homepage has been changed.

The virus

If ads are covering your screen while you are online surfing the Internet and if your browser is frequently landing you on pages that you didn’t intend to open, then you might have what is known as a browser hijacker within your main browser. Other typical symptoms related to this form of software are the change of the front page address and the replacement of the search engine tool that the browser uses by default to conduct your online searches. All these page-redirects, browser changes, and ads are coming from the same thing which is a software component that can get installed inside Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Edge, or any other browser that you may be using. This type of software elements are called browser hijackers due to their ability to take over the affected browser and mess with its settings in various ways. Some users and researchers even refer to this type of apps as viruses but the truth is that there are certain differences that sets apart applications like or and other more serious threats such as Trojans, Ransomware cryptoviruses, or other highly dangerous forms of computer malware. While the hijacker is mostly programmed to make money through advertising, an actual virus or another form of malware would try to steal sensitive data, corrupt your files, damage the system, or, in the case of Ransomware, encrypt your personal files and force you to pay a ransom to release them. In contrast to all that, a hijacker is incapable of carrying out any of these malicious tasks. However, despite that, apps like still have to be removed from any computer where they may have been installed because they could still make the system less safe if allowed to stay in it for long

The Virus

As we mentioned, the goal of the virus is to generate advertising revenue. The virus promotes certain sites in order to boost their traffic, it shows pay-per-click ads that translate each click on them into money, and they collect data from the browser that can be used for targeted advertising or sold to other advertisers for extra income.

However, none of this can be controlled by the user which means that you have absolutely no way of limiting the advertising exposure or choosing what sites you get redirected to or what ads you see. You are also not allowed to stop the advertising activities if the hijacker is still operational. Unfortunately, this may lead to potential redirects to sketchy sites with malicious contents, and you may get tricked to give away your banking details or to waste your money on low-quality software, not to mention that you may land actual malware if you are that unlucky. Therefore, the best thing you can do now is uninstall


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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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


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:

    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.

      Remove from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click   —–> Manage Add-ons.

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to  —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

     Remove from Firefox:

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

    Remove from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    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 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!

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