Browser Redirect Virus

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This page aims to help you remove the Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.

The Virus will display pop up ads and messages.

We all want clean and safe computers yet, unfortunately, even despite our best efforts sometimes unwanted software still manages to find its way inside our machines. The most notable examples of that are when nasty viruses like Ransomware and Trojans manage to infiltrate user’s computers. However, there are also many types of software out there that might not be as dangerous or as harmful but are still considered undesirable. One such category of software is what is know as browser hijackers or browser page-redirects. Regardless of how you refer to them, those are applications different from actual viruses and are normally not regarded as threatening. However, due to their tendency to latch onto the users’ browsers (Firefox, IE, Opera, Chrome, Edge or any other) and make changes to them like replacing the default homepage or search engine as well as triggering redirects to promoted pages and sites that the users do not really want to visit. Also, the generation of irritating ads, banners, offers and pop-ups inside the user’s browser is also a likely consequence of the presence of a hijacker inside the computer. As you can see, despite the relative harmlessness of most such applications, there are quite a few things to dislike about them which is why most users who face them prefer to have the pesky software uninstalled. Recently, yet another application that seems to possess browser hijacker-like abilities has been detected. Most researchers refer to it as Virus so this is how we are going to be calling it throughout the remainder of this article. Since this seems to be a typical representative of the hijacker class and since a lot of users have already complained about this particular piece of software, we have decided to make it the main focus of the next lines. Therefore, if you currently have this unwanted application on your computer and want to have it eliminated, we advise you to stay with use until the end of the article to learn more about Virus and how you can effectively remove it from your machine.

The Virus

Researchers have labeled a browser hijacker. Security problems such as are known to cause website redirects, intrusive advertisements and even phishing attempts.

As we already stated, hijacker page-redirects are not some sort of nasty and insidious viruses. Most of the time, an application from this category shouldn’t be able to actually cause any direct harm to the computer on which it has been installed. However, you still need to understand that despite the relatively harmless nature of hijackers, there are still certain potential security hazards that could arise from their presence inside your computer. Because of this, it is highly advisable that you avoid any interaction with any of the elements and content displayed on your screen by the hijacker. Stay away from its ads and and abstain from using the imposed custom search engine, toolbar or homepage. Although most of the time those shouldn’t be hazardous, it is still possible that some of the adverts or the changed elements of your browser might link you to some obscure web locations. 

This means that if you are not careful you might even end up landing on some webpage that is used by hackers for malware distribution. It is no secret that malvertising is a commonly employed technique for distributing viruses like Ransomware, Trojans, Worms, Spyware, etc. and it only makes sense if you are being careful around an application that has the main purpose of generating advertising materials. Just don’t take any chances with the safety and security of your system as there truly are some really nasty cyber-threats out there that you certainly wouldn’t want to encounter.

Developers of browser redirects like Virus typically try to trick the users into installing their products which means that in the majority of cases the people who get hijackers on their computers do not initially realize that such an application has gotten installed. This means that most of the employed distribution methods for such software are rather stealthy and misleading. For instance, spam e-mail attachments, deceitful web links, sketchy and obscure online advertisements, questionable software downloads, etc. are some popular techniques for spreading hijackers and getting them installed onto as many computers as possible. File bundles are also a very effective way of getting an application like Virus installed onto the users’ computers without them necessarily being aware of that. With this method, the hijacker is bundled with another piece of software (typically some freeware program). Installing that other program through the Quick setup option would normally also install the hijacker by default and since this is the option that most users go for, a lot of hijackers get installed that way. However, avoiding that is easy – simply use the advanced setup settings instead of the Quick/Default configuration and then uncheck the bundled applications that seem unreliable and unwanted.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changed search engine and homepage of the browser are the two most typical symptoms.
Distribution Method Ads, spam letters, installation bundles, etc.
Detection Tool Virus Removal

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

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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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.


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.

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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 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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