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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2019 Update

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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. displays pop-up ads and the website will trick you into subscribing for its Push notifications.

The site’s main aim is to trick you into subscribing to its mailing list and to receive notifications, the site will display the following message:

Press “Allow” to watch the video

After the browser has been hijacked, the users are redirected to other websites with unwanted ads and pop-ups.

Not everything that can be added to your browser as an extension, as an add-on or as some other extra component is guaranteed to be useful and helpful. In fact, there are many useless tools for browsers that hardly ever benefit their users in any way. In fact, some of them may even be actively making the user’s browsing experience worse in one way or another. Such are the representatives of the browser hijacker family of software. In general, those are apps suited for Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other popular browsers and typically have the appearance of regular browser extensions. However, the thing that sets them apart from most other browser add-ons is their overall intrusive behavior. This behavior may include anything from the generation of sudden page-redirects and obstructive ads to the unauthorized replacement of the main browser’s homepage, search engine, new-tab page, toolbar buttons and so on. In some cases, whether a given app is a browser hijacker or not is a matter of each user’s individual point of view – a software component that some may find useful, others may regard as nothing but annoying and unwanted. However, when it comes to the main focus of this article, a browser add-on app named, most users and software security experts agree that it is indeed a browser hijacker. It possesses all the typical traits of such an app and pretty much everyone who has had it installed in their computer wishes they could now get it removed. As we said, this type of software components are infamous for their invasive ads generation and unwanted (and oftentimes unauthorized) modifications in the browser. What further adds to the irritation is the fact you typically cannot impose any control on what a hijacker such as this one does. You aren’t given much control over the advertising activities of the app and if you try to bring back your old browser settings, you are likely going to find out that the hijacker has re-introduced its changes to your browser the next time you open it. Naturally, the only viable option in such a situation is to get rid of everything that may be related to so that it stops bothering you. We will help you with that inside the removal guide for which we have prepared for our readers.

How much of a security threat is “Virus”?

There is actually a rather widespread misconception with regards to the purpose and nature of the apps like “Virus”,,, Many actually see them as highly dangerous programs used for malicious and criminal activities and think of them as threats similar to Trojan Horses or money-extortion malware such as Ransomware cryptoviruses. However, this is far from reality – a hijacker is nowhere near as threatening as a cryptovirus of the Ransomware category, nor can it cause harm to your system in the way that a Trojan Horse infection could. Yet, we are definitely of the opinion that it is still safer (and more practically efficient) to uninstall if it’s in your system. There’s no need for it to be there and for you to put up with its shenanigans and also its advertising messages, clickbaits, pop-ups and banners may sometimes not be all that safe to interact with.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may start to experience automatic redirects to different sponsored sites full of nagging ads and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Spam and software bunling are common distribution methods for most browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool

Remove “Virus”

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).

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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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