Browser Redirect Virus/Malware Removal

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This page will help you to understand the potential harm the Virus could cause to your PC and personal information. The Virus removal information and guide are suitable for all versions of Windows. It is valid for all browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Introduction Virus is considered to be one of the least harmful viruses. However, it is normal for people not to get scared or to become alert enough when they hear the word  “least”, BUT in reality a virus is a virus. When a virus enters your body it eventually makes you sick, though, sometimes slowly. PC systems work the same way: they slowly get harmed, but there is a treatment, i.e, a safe removal process that can ‘heal’ them.

The Virus in action

The Virus in action

What is the Virus?

Have you ever wondered why there are more ads on your screen than you wish to look? Have you ever wondered why you computer suddenly turn on “automatic mode” and random browsers and/or websites open without you doing anything? This is what Virus are: excessive random opening of websites and/or too much pop-up ads on your screen. Hackers are smart people and they know how to make things look attractive to you, so that you go to their malicious content and do their job. It is always safest not to click on unfamiliar links and/or content and to uninstall immediately everything you find suspicious or is asking for paid updates.

How harmful is the Virus and what are some ‘red lights’ to look out for?

As we said, every virus is harmful. Virus could infect your system to the point where you could experience slowness in the work process, randomly copied and/or misplaced files on your computer and when you open the copied one it turns out to be empty, missing files, blockage of certain programs on your PC, random glitches, etc. Hackers use viruses to get to your personal files, passwords, stored information on the internet, to track your browsing habits or words typed. That way they literally follow you and know every single thing you do and/or watch on your PC. They use all information obtained for illegal and malicious purposes. Thus, we advise you to strictly follow the removal guide so that you don’t become one of their victims.

Which browser should I use?

You can use any browser you want: Chrome, Firefox or IE (Internet Explorer). However, the Virus is most commonly found when using the Chrome browser. Why? Because of the privacy and security settings, as well as the fact that statistics show that Chrome is the most preferred browser to be used, makes it even a more desirable target for hackers and easier to spread malicious viruses. Firefox, on the other side, has tightened up their security practices. For instance, flash is no longer available, so if you want to watch a video on YouTube, per say, you have to download it through a third client. Internet Explorer belongs to the “older generation”. It is mostly used by folks who are not used to the two newer browsers. Because of the low number of users and lack of proper maintenance it makes itself a very easy target to those willing to damage your PC or steal your private information. Usually, people who use Internet Explorer are not very tech-savvy and not too well educated on computer viruses and their potential harm, so that eases the hackers even more.

What should I avoid?

  • Avoid clicking on random banners that pop-up on your screen;
  • Avoid viewing unfamiliar websites or the ones with shady URLs;
  • Watch out for ‘crazy’ hyperlinked texts as some are simply lies;
  • Pay close attention to what you are downloading and always scan the downloaded files;
  • Anything offered for free in the form of coupons or prices raises a red flag. Remember that there is no such thing as free lunch.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms  Slowness of PC, glitches, missing files, randomly copied files
Distribution Method pop-up ads, random opening of unwanted websites
Detection Tool


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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig. Virus/Malware Removal

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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  – XXX 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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:


Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.


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, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.

In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:

DNS Settings

If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network (if you don’t know whether you are or not, check here), contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.


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) as well.


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove XXX from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove XXX 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 malware 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 a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to XXX. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover


Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and 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 virus’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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