Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (November 2018 Update)

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”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The article you are about to read is focused on a program named “Virus”. This software version is a member of the ad-producing software category whose entire purpose is to display a great number of ads on your screen, as well as sometimes redirect you to unfamiliar webpages and perhaps set some new and unfamiliar homepages and search engines to the browser apps installed on your PC. This piece of software falls into the group known as browser hijackers. What is even more common for all of these programs is that they could target all your browsers (Opera, Chrome, Firefox and Explorer) and change their settings in the ways we have just mentioned. You will find more details about the browser hijacker software category and “Virus” particularly in the text below.

General info related to browser hijackers

All of the programs that are considered to be hijackers are developed to merely serve as advertising tools. Really, these ad-generating products can have this one purpose only:

  • The process of displaying a huge number of pop-ups, tabs and banners; and advertising different web pages; search engines and browser homepages.

The people interested in distributing this software are the producers of the products and providers of the services these programs are to promote; and the developers of the annoying hijackers themselves, or in this case of “Virus” in particular. Generally, the first two parties are those who pay the third side to come up with the most efficient ad-producing programs. When we talk about hijackers, the more advertisements such a hijacker is able to generate – the better. It is known that, because of the intensive streams of ads, some of the promoted products could be purchased by the people exposed to the ads; and thus, their producers could end up earning a lot of money. As you can see, all the parties involved in this ‘pay per click’ scheme really benefit from participating in it – especially financially. “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.


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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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

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!

The ways in which “Virus” gets distributed:

You could find such software on a contaminated website or in a torrent; or as a component of a movie-streaming website, especially the illegal ones, even though the legal ones also use ads for making profits. Therefore, once you load anything on such a web page, you may ‘get’ the browser hijacker that’s on it. In spite of that, these aren’t the most common sources. Indeed, how hijackers usually spread is via hiding inside free software bundles you may get tempted to install on your computer willingly.

What is a program bundle?

Generally speaking, bundles represent sets of free software mingled together and offered on the Internet, which might include games, programs, apps, Adware or hijackers. Normally, there is indeed nothing to be concerned about when we talk about these free mixes. Nevertheless, the ad-generating programs possibly incorporated into them could make you suspicious. Such bundles may contain some very tempting programs and apps, and you are actually able to try them freely without catching the probable hijackers inside them. Simply ensure that you follow this awfully simple advice when it comes to dealing with programs bundles:

Whatever you decide to install on your computer, try to do that via the Advanced {or the Customized} feature. By implementing such an installation process, even the tiniest details about a specific bundle will be displayed, and you are going to see which programs in particular you really want on your PC, and install only them, leaving the ad-producing ones behind.

Despite the confusing and rather suspicious way of distribution, “Virus” is not a virus

Thanks to their rather shady features, browser hijackers have been considered ‘potentially unwanted’. Still, they have never been seen as viruses. As you may expect, there is concrete proof for that: hijackers greatly differ from the standard malware versions you might catch while surfing the Internet. They even differ when it comes to their distribution methods. For example, Ransomware and Trojans, as the most hazardous malware forms, are likely to:

  • hack your system without your (informed or uninformed) consent;
  • use a program (or a system) weakness or merely your naiveté to get you contaminated;
  • after that, some of their most dangerous outcomes may include: destroying your data or corrupting it; encoding files and later on requiring a ransom in exchange for decoding them. “Virus” and NO other hijacker are capable of doing anything like that. As for removing this browser hijacker from your system, simply scroll down and see the Removal Guide we have designed for you.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browsers could begin extensive ad production campaigns, conduct some homepage/search engine changes and start redirecting you to strange web pages.
Distribution Method Many ways but mainly via online ads, shareware and program bundles.
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.

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