Browser Redirect “Virus” Pop up Removal (August 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus” Pop up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Have you come across the term browser hijackers before? If not, then on this page we will explain to you what exactly this is. In case that you have noticed some irritating stream of ads, banners, pop-ups, sudden page redirects and some potentially unwanted modifications in your browser’s homepage or search engine, you should know that they are most probably caused by a browser hijacker. “Virus” Pop up is a recently discovered browser hijacking program, which has the ability to impose such changes to your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser that you are using as default, and in the next lines, we will stop our attention to it. If this piece of software is causing you disturbance with its intrusive behavior, and you don’t know how to remove it and reset your normal browser settings, here you will find a removal guide, which can help you uninstall it and permanently save your PC from its annoying ads, pop-ups, and modifications. We encourage you to read all the information that follows to gain a good understanding and then carefully proceed with the steps in the guide. “Virus” – is this a virus or what?

Even though the term browser hijacker may sound a bit scary, it stands for a type of software, which you should not be concerned about. Normally, a browser hijacker is a program that does NOT share the typical malicious capabilities of a virus or some other nasty threat such as Ransomware, a Trojan or Spyware. It is generally harmless, however, due to its intrusive behavior, and especially due to the irritating changes it may impose to the users’ default browser (such as replacement of the homepage or the search engine, sudden page redirects, installation of some unknown toolbars or generation of annoying ads) it has gained its fame as potentially unwanted software. A lot of users would prefer to remove the imposed changes along with the browser hijacker and reset their own settings mostly because the modifications often cause them browsing disturbance and make them deal with dozens of unwanted advertising messages. 

However, programs of the browser hijacker type may also perform some other, rather questionable activities, which may add up to the users’ decision to uninstall them. For example, “Virus”, which is a recently discovered piece, may hijack the default browser and make it display various aggressively popping promotional messages all over the users’ screen. What is more, it may suddenly redirect the users’ searches to some nagging advertising sites, and prompt them to interact with their content. Such activity may eventually hide certain security risks like clicking on a misleading link or catching a virus by being redirected to some shady web location.

Many people may not be aware also of the ability of the browser hijacker to track their browsing history, social media activity, location and web searches. This is an invasive marketing practice, which the developers of the hijacker often use to collect some valuable marketing-related data. In most of the cases, they utilize it to optimize the displayed ads and match them with the users’ latest searches, with the idea of making them click on the advertised items and purchasing something. The developers may also benefit from the clicks through Pay-Per-Click campaigns or sponsored ads positioning, that’s why they usually have all the motivation to flood the screen with as many popping promotions as possible. Is this legal? Yes, perfectly legitimate, according to the law, but it can be a quite aggressive advertising method, according to some of the users, who have to endure the unstoppable page redirects, modifications, and ads. Of course, even if aggressive, neither “Virus” nor any other browser hijacker can be as harmful as a Ransomware or Trojan horse infection, therefore, one should not get panicked about it. This software, in most of the cases, can be safely removed without any negative consequences for the users and their system. 

How can you catch “Virus” and how to safely uninstall it?

You are more likely to find programs like “Virus” if they are packed in software bundles of other programs or different free application installation wizards. Such bundles can be freely downloaded from some open source download platforms, online installation managers, spam emails, torrents or different email attachments. That’s why it is a good idea to beware when downloading things from the web and carefully check their installation packages. This can be done if you read the EULA before running the installer and customize it through the given “Advanced” or “Manual” options.

Most people, unfortunately, rarely make use of these options and often skip them, which results in the default installation of the entire bundle. Uninstalling the hijacker once it has been installed is a bit more specific than preventing it, and it often requires some instructions. The removal guide below contains the exact steps, which can help you remove “Virus”, but you should follow them with maximum focus and attention to detail. Getting rid of a real virus, though, is much riskier, so don’t worry. Simply repeat the steps and you should be free from the browser hijacker and all of its traces in no time. 


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Irritating stream of ads, banners, pop-ups, sudden page redirects and some potentially unwanted modifications in your browser’s homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Program bundles or free applications installation wizards,  which can be freely downloaded from open source download platforms, online installation managers, spam emails, torrents or different email attachments. 
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” Pop up 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 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 “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!

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