“Virus” Removal (March 2019 Update)

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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.

If the homepage and the new-tab page of your browser as well as its default search engine service have recently been changed without you having done anything for this to happen, it’s safe to assume that there is a browser hijacker on your browser that has initiated those likely unwelcome changes. Aside from the sudden browser modifications, it is likely that you are also faced with a big number of ads and page redirects that fill your screen each and every time you try to browser the Internet. Such unpleasant activities can occur on any browser since hijacker apps tend to be compatible with the majority of the popular browsers out there. Pretty much any browser that you can think of can get affected by such a software component – Chrome, IE, Opera, Firefox, Edge and so on and so forth. Of course, pretty much every user who gets to experience the irritating presence of a browser hijacker on their computer would likely be eager to get rid of the pesky software piece in the fastest and in the most effective way possible. In case you are in a similar situation, know that here you may find some really useful ad helpful information and tips that will enable you to take care of your browser hijacker-related problem as well as ensure that you never again have to deal with such invasive software. If you would like to learn more on the topic of hijackers and about “Virus” – one of the newest and most annoying hijacker apps out there, we advise you to keep on reading.

About “Virus”

The emphasis of this write-up will be put on this particular hijacker that was recently released since a lot of users have complained about its invasive and highly irritating abilities. can get added to your browser as soon as it gets installed onto the computer and can initiate different unpleasant, irritating and obstructive activities such as the ones we mentioned in this article’s introduction paragraph. It is likely that if you have on your PC, the starting page of your browser as well as its search engine and new-tab page would get replaced by some obscure and unknown ones. This is mostly done in order to help the hijacker conduct its advertising campaigns more effectively. For instance, if you try to use the new imposed search engine, the results you’d get would likely be modified in favor of sites and pages that the hijacker app is seeking to promote. Aside from the irritating browser modification, you are also likely to get subjected to exposure to different web advertisements such as pop-ups, blinking banners, box messages and so on every time you go on the internet using the “infected” browser. Naturally, this could make your browsing experience really frustrating as the ads are likely going to get in your way every time you try to get something done online. Aside from being extremely irritating, this ads exposure could have a more hazardous side. While the hijacker is not really some nasty virus threat like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware infection, the endless stream of ads that it sends your way could potentially contain advertisements that originate from unreliable and unsafe sources. Clicking on one such ad could easily redirect your browser to all kinds of shady and obscure web locations some of which might be employed by hackers for malware distribution of all sorts of insidious malware threats – Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware, Worms and other noxious viruses. Keeping away from the ads and the page redirects that is likely to put on your screen is crucial if you want to keep your machine protected and secured. “Virus” Removal

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

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

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.


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.


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

The installation of hijackers

Spam messages, low-quality or pirated software as well as sketchy web ads are all popular methods for distributing potentially unwanted apps the likes of However, the one method that seems to give the highest rate of success when it comes to spreading hijackers is likely the software bundling technique. With it, the hijacker could get installed onto the user’s PC alongside some other software piece after having been added to its installer as an optional application. Here, it is essential to always check the different settings in the installation manager and find out if anything has been added there as extra content. In case you notice that there are bundled applications that you can opt-out of, see if any of them look suspicious and uncheck them in case you think you might not want them becoming part of your system. In many instances, the settings associated with the bundled content would only be available under the Advanced/Custom setup menu so don’t forget to have a loot at that menu whenever it’s available in the setup wizard.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser hijackers typically seek to impose different unauthorized changes on your browsing program
Distribution Method Mostly through the use of file bundles, shady ads and spam.
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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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