Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

Online ads are the worst, right? They get spammed on your screen, prompt you to click on them only so that you could remove them and then redirect you to some unknown or maybe even questionable website that they are supposed to promote. Of course, you can leave the site responsible for the unbearable generation of advertisements or get an ad-blocker tool that would stop at least some of the ads. However, what can be done if the ads that get streamed to your Chrome, Firefox or any other browser you might use still keep coming even if you are no longer on a website that is known for displaying advertising materials. Well, if this is what you are currently going through, then you might have a browser hijacker on your system. Another typical indication of that could be some changes to the search engine and to the homepage of your browser as those are also some of the effects that browser hijacker apps tend to have on the users’ browsers. But what exactly is a browser hijacker – is it some kind of a nasty virus software similar to insidious threats like Trojans and Ransomware or is it just another annoying application that can’t harm you in any way. Well, in the following paragraphs, you will find the answers to these questions and you will also learn how you can easily and quickly eliminate a browser hijacker component called “Virus” which is currently one of the most widespread and most annoying pieces of software you could encounter. In fact, it is safe to assume that the majority of the users who are currently reading this post have come to this page exactly because they need help with the “Virus” hijacker. If your case is similar and you have this annoying piece of software on your computer but do not know how you can remove it, make sure you have a look at the detailed instructions from the guide on this page. Aside from the manual steps, you can also find a highly-effective removal program within our guide which can also aid you with the uninstallation of the app. Just make sure you get rid of the hijacker in order to avoid getting your machine exposed to more serious threats (more on that, later). “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).



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.


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

How can a hijacker threaten your PC?

Now, the fact that an app like might sometimes be regarded as a security risk does not mean that it is some kind of a malicious virus similar to a Trojan Horse or to a Ransomware cryptovirus. Hijackers are mostly harmless on their own and they wouldn’t typically attempt to do anything bad to your computer and to the data inside of it. The majority of browser-hijacking and page-redirecting apps like this one are mainly created to advertise different products and sites and in that way generate revenue for their creators. This is also why their ads and redirects seem to be so incredibly aggressive and intrusive at times. However, once again, we need to say that an app like would probably not attempt to inflict any damage on anything that’s on your computer.

That said, you can’t really be too trusting of the banners, the box messages, the pop-ups and the page redirects that such software components could bring to your screen. Not all online advertisements are safe and some might even be used for malware distribution. This is, in fact, the main reason why, although hijacker applications aren’t typically harmful on their own, they are still seen as potential security threats by the majority of cyber security experts. It is also the reason why we always make sure to remind our readers that it is simply better if you get rid of a hijacker app as it would make your computer safer and less likely to get invaded by some scary computer virus.

Ways to prevent hijacker installation

Normally, the users who get hijacker apps on their machines are the ones who are careless with their online behavior and tend to click random adverts, sketchy web offers or open spam e-mails with unreliable attachments. Another risky thing to do is download software from obscure sources or from sources that might be illegal. Another inadvisable thing to do which might land you a hijacker like is install new programs using the Quick/Default setup configuration. Instead of doing that, we advise you to go for the safer Custom/Advanced installation options where you will be able to see if there are any bundled components included as bonus features in the main program’s installer and then leave out the ones which you think might possess hijacker-like features.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Random page redirects and unpleasant changes to your browser are the usual indications of a hijacker’s presence inside the system.
Distribution Method Ads, fake messages, low-quality software bundles, etc.
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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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