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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.

The article you are reading now has been completed and prepared with the only purpose to discuss how a program, called “Virus”, typically acts, and what the wise methods of dealing with it are. To start with, you need to know that this product is based on browser hijackers, which means that it can only infect and affect your browsers (Chrome/ Firefox/Explorer) and it is fully capable of:

  • showing various advertisements in the form of colorful boxes, banners and pop-ups;
  • letting your browser apps redirect you to often unfamiliar web pages, that you have never had the intention of visiting;
  • allowing your browsers to substitute the preferred homepages and search engines you are already used to with entirely new ones, which could be unknown to you.

Browser Hijackers as a whole:

Common features:

To be completely precise, browser hijackers count as ad-generating programs, which are NOT hazardous at all. This means that there is a distinct difference between “Virus”, for instance, and the most widely spread viruses such as Ransomware and Trojan versions.  To prove this statement we are going to mention the basic differences between these two types of software.

  • Try to remember that the hijackers we have come across so far may simply have the abovementioned features, plus some more slightly disturbing ones. Such an annoying possible consequence that may result from the activities of “Virus” is the potential slowdown of your machine. It is possible the redirecting and ad-production processes could consume a lot of RAM and CPU, and make your device much slower. Nevertheless, such a possibility entirely depends on the characteristics of your computer. Another slightly unpleasant effect of most of the developed hijackers is that once they have infected your browsers, they could receive the access to their history records. Consequently, you can expect to see only ads containing familiar goods or advertising services you have recently been researching. Also, the same could happen with the redirecting process. The pages you are being sent to could resemble your common search requests.
  • The viruses we know of, on the other hand, are able to do many more hazardous things to your system – Trojans can steal important private info (such as banking details or account credentials); they are able to record your key strokes, turn on your camera and watch you remotely. The Ransomware-based viruses can and will access all your disks and drives, define which files you use most and totally lock them up so that you won’t be able to access them.
  • Based on the aforementioned arguments, we are able to finally conclude that “Virus” is not a malicious program and, at least, you don’t have to worry about any illegal activities.

Distribution means:

Another pretty shady-appearing characteristic of “Virus” and its sibling programs is the way they normally use to get spread. Among the potential sources we can name the illegal software and torrent- distributing websites, some torrents, spam in any form, and contagious pop-ups. Nonetheless, the source to be blamed for the biggest number of infections ever is called BUNDLING. To bundle means to gather all kinds of software (games/apps/programs/ Adware and hijackers) together and spread them in such mixtures. Normally, such combos are completely free from the user and you may get very excited because of the prospect to use free software, which seems new and interesting to you.

Here comes the usual mistake most of the victim users make and get infected by “Virus”. In case you have decided to really download and use such bundled software, you need to calm down and act in a sensible way. Briefly, you have to install the bundle in the most careful way, meaning that you should not use the following installer features:

  • Recommended/ Quick/ Default/ Automatic – as they cannot give you the entire power to change and customize the installation process. Actually, choosing them might only result in the installation the entire bundle, and you could end up contaminated.

On the other hand, the wizard choices that work best in your interest are:

  • Custom/ Advanced/ Customized – if you select one of them, you will have the power to change the number of the programs you want installed on your PC, as well as their specific features that you desire.

More precisely, this advice is very general and can save you from very dangerous threats.  Try to always perform such a restricted installation process and you will really minimize the chances of getting any browser hijacker.

Removal of “Virus”:

Simply trust a reliable guide like the one we have created. It is available below and contains all the necessary steps to help you uninstall this annoying hijacker.




Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser modification in terms of ads produced/ homepages displayed and redirections caused.
Distribution Method Via torrents, contagious web pages. However, mostly by bundles and other contaminated ads.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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). “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)


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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)
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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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

  • 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). “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)  Remove “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) Remove “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)Remove “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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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