Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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

A very strange and irritating program titled has probably invaded your Chrome or Firefox browser if you are reading this page. This program falls into the category of browser hijackers and you have probably noticed the annoying page redirects and the new homepage and search engine changes it has applied to your default browser. As a result, now your normal web activity may be heavily interrupted by tons of sponsored advertisements and unknown web pages that pop up constantly on your screen while you are browsing. The good news is that there is a way to restore your normal settings and here we are going to show you how to do that. Below you will find a removal guide with detailed instructions, screenshots and exact steps on how to remove “Virus” from your PC. With its help, you will be able to manually detect and delete all the browser hijacker related files and successfully save yourself from its undesired activities. You only need to read the information below carefully and follow up with the guide.

Browser hijackers – a new phenomenon causing online disturbance

With the increased influence of the online advertising industry, a new phenomenon called browser hijacker is causing some irritation to online users. In general, this is specific software, which is created only to generate and display dozens of ads, new tabs, pop-ups, sponsored pages and banners directly on the user’s screen. This happens with the help of an-generating component, which is installed on their computer and starts to operate every time they open their browser. is one such component which is used just for this activity and is well-known for the huge amount of advertisements and page redirects it displays. Some users may feel heavily interrupted by this activity; therefore, they may wish to uninstall the program just to save themselves from the intrusive ads.

However, a hijacker’s behavior is not considered illegal. In fact, the replacement of your homepage or your search engine and the redirects you experience are part of an online advertising strategy. Having said this, is usually used to redirect you to web locations and make you click on promotional websites with sponsored advertisements, which are paid. The infamous Pay-Per-Click method is applied here, where every click turns into income for the browser hijacker owners. Many businesses actually use such applications to gain profits from the paid ads. That’s why they try to display as many advertisements as possible and collect as many clicks as possible, which quickly turns into irritating activity for the users, whose normal browsing is being interrupted for the profit of someone else.

Where can be found?

Ad-generating programs like are widely spread on the web and could be found in various locations. Spam emails, torrents, installation managers, direct downloads from the web, and especially free software bundles are the most common places where you can find such browser hijackers. If you have recently downloaded and installed a new software bundle, the chance is you have probably installed on your PC along with it, since it was packed inside the installer. However, you may not have noticed it and the reason is that the standard setup option doesn’t give a detailed look at all the applications inside the installer. That’s why it is recommended to install new software through the advanced/custom option where you can have full control over the applications that are packed inside the setup.

Is something like a virus?

Many people, who are not really familiar with the real differences between browser hijackers and malware call a virus. However, this is a wrong assumption, which doesn’t correspond to the activities of this program. is not malicious, and despite that it could interrupt your browsing with annoying messages and unknown web pages, it can really do no harm to your system. Real malware, let’s say Ransomware for example, could heavily corrupt your PC – it could compromise your machine, infiltrate your data and encrypt it, blackmail you for ransom or completely block the access to your OS. A browser hijacker is really not capable of doing this, moreover, it doesn’t contain harmful scripts and even your antivirus software won’t recognize it as a threat.

A real threat, however, may come not from the browser hijacker directly, but from the ads and pages, it redirects you to. In the flow of advertisements on your screen, you may accidentally click on a misleading link or fake web page. This happens really rarely, but you never know when you may bump into malicious payload, which may hide a virus or Ransomware infection. This risk is related to a malicious method called malvertising, which hackers successfully use to sneak harmful advertisements among the real ones and this way infect unsuspecting users. That’s why many security experts, including our team, would advise you to avoid clicking on popping messages and aggressive offers on your screen, as much as possible. And if you don’t want to be constantly exposed to them on a daily basis, here you have the instructions to simply uninstall the browser hijacker that is causing them.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying page redirects and the new homepage and search engine changes.
Distribution Method Spam emails, torrents, installation managers, direct downloads from the web, and especially free software bundles are the most common places where you can find such browser hijacker.
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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).


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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – 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.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then 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 threat’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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