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.

Browser Hijacker programs are a very commonly encountered software issue that many users face at a certain point. Since a new program of this type has recently been released and many people have reported it as unwanted and intrusive, we have decided to write this article where our readers can inform themselves regarding the characteristics of the unpleasant piece of software. The name of the new Hijacker is “Virus” and it is known to integrate itself within the user’s Chrome, Firefox or IE browser and install new search engines, toolbars as well as change the homepage of the browser. A lot of users are also complaining about unpleasant page redirects that, too, are being caused by the unwanted application. Removing such a program from one’s PC is actually not all that difficult as long as the user is aware of the different steps that need to be completed. If you are currently struggling with “Virus”, we can help you uninstall it and fully get rid of it by giving you our removal manual that can be found down below. Follow the steps described there and you should be able to eliminate the nagging Hijacker in no time.


Malware is a general term used to describe any kind of harmful and dangerous software. Many people believe that Browser Hijackers, too, fall under this category due to the fact that they are able to execute tasks on the user’s PC that are rather unpleasant and could cause certain issue. While this is not false,it is important to note that a Browser Hijacker and an actual computer virus are two very different things. While the former is mainly used for advertising purposes, the latter is always aimed at causing some sort of damage or messing with the user’s personal data and virtual privacy. Surely, “Virus” might be extremely invasive and annoying, but it’s primary purpose usually is to generate income via online marketing. The same cannot be said about actual software threats the likes of Ransomware or Trojans – those are the ones you should really be concerned with if they get onto your PC. Of course, this does not mean that a Hijacker program is absolutely safe and risk-free. Read our next paragraph in order to learn what potential issues one might encounter if their computer has been invaded by “Virus”.

The problem with Hijackers

Browser Hijackers are not only annoying, but they can also have a number of negative effects on your computer that you should be aware of. Even though applications that fall under the Hijacker category are not real viruses, they are also something that we’d certainly not advise you to keep on your PC.

  • For starters, a program the likes of “Virus” could potentially start to generate fake warnings and notifications that tell you there’s something wrong with your machine. This is done with the sole purpose of advertising some other shady piece of software that is probably paid. All in all, the “warning” is basically an aggressive advertising method that is very typical for programs of the Hijacker type.
  • Next, it is possible that the Hijacker will try to introduce alterations to some of your registry keys or even add new ones to your Registry. This helps the unwanted program to be more effective when generating shady ads and messing with your browser in general. This, however, could also potentially make your whole system more vulnerable to more serious threats such as, for example, the infamous Ransomware type of malware.
  • Hijackers are also known to affect the overall performance of computers that are not very powerful. It is easy to see why as those unwanted programs oftentimes require significant amounts of system resources such as RAM and CPU. However, it is also possible that the unpleasant software might render the whole system unstable and prone to experience freezes and crashes.

Other issues can occur as well. Those were only the most commonly encountered ones.

How to maintain a safe and secure PC

It is not that difficult of a task to keep your computer protected against minor inconveniences such as Browser Hijackers. You just need to remember and employ several important rules that we will now present you with.

  • First of all, make sure that when browsing the Internet, you only go to websites that do not have obscure and shady content such as a lot of banners, pop-up ads, etc., since such marketing materials are often used for Hijacker distribution.
  • Next, beware of any suspicious e-mails or other online messages that contain links or file attachments because they could be spam that carries the unwanted software.
  • Thirdly, it is advisable to get some form of specialized anti-malware tool to help you protect your machine.
  • Finally, try to always use the custom installation settings when attempting to install some new program, especially if the said program is free. This is because oftentimes Browser Hijacker are bundled with such freeware programs and are getting installed alongside them. TO prevent that from happening, you’d need to see all the options in the installation wizard and figure out if there are any bundled applications. If you find anything that’s been added, look it up to see if it is potentially unwanted and if it turns out to be an undesirable software, leave it out of the installation process by simply unchecking it in the setup wizard.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A Hijacker will usually change your browser homepage and default search engine which is how you can detect it.
Distribution Method File attachments within spam emails, obscure and deceitful internet banners, shady torrents, software bundling, etc.
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” 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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