Browser Redirect Virus

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This article aims to help users remove Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. What is is certainly a question most of us have asked ourselves lately, and there are several answers to this.

Akamaihd is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.


Akamaihd will display pop up windows and messages. Virus is the stereotypical malware virus. Its type – Adware. The main function of this malicious software is to spawn endless advertisements onto your screen without your explicit permission to do so. Most often the “trigger” for the appearance of the aforementioned Ads would be you loading a web page or opening a link while browsing. As you have noticed these pop-ups are very annoying and can quickly become quite bothersome especially if you are operating on a company owned device. Unfortunately this is not the only negative side to Virus. This program will try to make you buy lots of stuff you definitely don’t need, mostly completely useless programs but in some cases even malware applications. For this reason we think it a good idea to give you some do’s and dont’s when encountering the Ads.

The Virus for Mac is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

If you are looking to uninstall from Mac:

  1. Go to the Preferences tab in Safari (or any other Mac browser).
  2. Check the Homepage tab. Make sure that your homepage is the one you have selected.
  3. Now go to the Extensions tab.
  4. Look for the extension as well as any other suspicious entries.
  5. Uninstall the extension and any other unfamiliar ones.

You should try your best to avoid interacting with the pop-ups altogether. Don’t click on the advertisements in any case. Some of the displayed information might be legitimate but most often you will be redirected to some phishing site where if not careful your personal data might get stolen. This specifically implies to the billing information, do not be fooled even if the website looks like something real, it can be very tricky to notice the difference from the real thing. Also you should not under any conceivable circumstances download software prompted by Virus. Even if it’s not a virus, which it most likely will be, this software will be at very least some sort of bloatware. Meaning a completely useless for you program that will eat lots of your PC resources for breakfast without any practical implications whatsoever.

What is

If you are being constantly redirected to then you probably have a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser. However is in fact a content delivery network primarily used to speed up websites.

There are several methods through which this type of malware has been spreading in recent years. By far in most cases the virus has reached your system through an installation bundle with another software. Most likely the carrier would be a freeware program or game, and often times you will not even notice that Virus has been installed until it’s too late. The only way for you prevent this from happening in the future is to very closely monitor what exactly is being installed onto your hard drive, do not give permission for anything that might seem unfamiliar or strange to you.

In any case you definitely need to remove this harmful software from your PC and the sooner the better. Learn how with our free removal guide.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers reveal themselves by altering the functionality and appearance of your browser and also by triggering irritating page redirects and ads generation.
Distribution Method Most hijackers get distributed through spam letters, deceitful ads and low-quality downloads with the hijacker bundled with them.
Detection Tool

А 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

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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