Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. belongs to a type of software commonly known as browser hijacker. If you have had this program installed on your system and are wondering what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created this article and the removal guide that follows with the aim of helping users understand the nature of this program and aiding them in effectively removing the bothersome software. Usually when people open their Chrome, Firefox or other favorite browser to find that its homepage and default search engine have been substituted and they are now being redirected to random sponsored pages – they panic. To top it all off, their screen is also flooded with various popups, banners and other forms of online ads. All of this is enough to make anyone fear for the safety of their computer, but we would like to calm you down by saying there’s nothing to worry about. Just read on to find out more about your situation. is it a “Virus”?

The short answer to that question would be “no, is not a virus!”. As any typical browser hijacker, aims to display numerous online ads directly on your screen. It’s essentially a marketing tool that benefits the providers of the services and products it promotes, as well as its developers. The product/service providers obviously benefit, because their goods are being marketed. The developers, on the other hand, profit from the amount of ads that attracted your clicks. Thanks to a popular remuneration strategy called PPC (short for Pay Per Click), the more clicks their ads receive, the higher the revenue generated for the browser hijacker developers. It’s an effective and lucrative business model and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, in their strive to squeeze out as much cash from it as possible, the hijacker developers tend to employ different controversial techniques.

For example, programs like can often look through your browsing records in order to find out what kind of content you are interested in. This information is usually extracted from your search requests, the websites you visit and the kind of content you share or post on social media. The problem with this tactic is that it is often perceived as a privacy invasion. Furthermore, the information can be sold to third parties for additional profit, which is a known practice. This fact has gained browser hijackers the title of potentially unwanted programs. But there are more factors that add to that categorization.

For one, it’s very possible that the activity of on your computer might soon begin to affect its performance. System slowdowns are common side effects of having an ad-generating component on your PC due to the resource consumption it exhibits. Eventually, depending on the power of your processor and how old it is, you could start experiencing browser crashes and freezes, system malfunctions, and a whole variety of other problems. While this isn’t necessary damaging, it is hindering and a nuisance. But we’re still not done with the drawbacks. Browser hijackers may have the potential of exposing you to viruses. This is by no means intentional and doesn’t make software of this type malicious. However, due to cyber criminals out there, who are responsible for the expansion of virus types like ransomware, advertisements have become vessels for a number of different malware groups. Once an advert is compromised by a hacker, meaning it was injected with a malicious script, it becomes what we call a malvertisement. One click on a fake ad like this can land you a terrible virus infection that you may not even become aware of until it’s already way too late. For this reason, we recommend abstaining from interacting with any of the ads you see, regardless of where they come from.

As for keeping your machine clean from any future hijacker infections, it’s important to keep a close eye on your download sources. Be mindful when browsing the web and only pick locations that you can trust. As browser hijackers, as well as other ad-generating programs, usually come bundled with various freeware and shareware, make sure to always customize the installation process of new software you download. Opt for the more detailed advanced or custom option to receive more info as to the contents of the bundle. You should be provided with a list of added programs (if there are any), from which you can remove those you don’t think you want or need.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Popups, banners, box messages and other forms of ads constantly present in browser.
Distribution Method Ads, spam emails, program bundles, other browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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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).


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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


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


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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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