Remove “Virus”

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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.

The passages below are entirely focused on one of the most widely-known online forms of irritation nowadays – the broadcasting of plenty of ads, such as banners and pop-ups in your browser tabs and windows each time you make an attempt to browse the Internet. The reason for this strange behavior all your browser apps (Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer) might have is the contamination with a browser hijacker version called “Virus”. In the text below we have shared every detail you need to be aware of when it comes to such infections. For example, some of their probable effects are the sudden redirecting processes and the setting of some totally unfamiliar homepages and search engines to all of the browsers you use. The programs that have been classified as hijackers are known to generate too many online ads inside all types of browsers. Such programs can only influence your browser apps, though, and no other aspect of your PC will ever be compromised by their effects and actions.

Are hijackers really harmless?

Quite honestly, if we do not count the probable irritation you might experience, browser hijackers have never been regarded as software causing any negative effects to you and/or your PC. You need to bear in mind that no hijacker-like program will ever be seen as an equivalent of a virus version. The popular versions of malware and browser hijackers really differ in nature. Therefore, one should not be mistaken for the other. In the passages below we have included a detailed description of the common ways, in which hijackers differ from, for instance, the most usual viruses like Trojans and Ransomware.

Distinguishing malware from hijackers

As a wonderful example, we will compare “Virus” and a standard form of malware – a random Ransomware data-encrypting virus. What hijackers like “Virus” may accomplish while being integrated into your device isn’t what you should be scared of. The consequences that may result from them include the non-stop generation of pop-ups (as these programs are normally programmed to advertise services and products effectively). Nevertheless, all programs in the hijacker category are for the most part legal. The process of promoting services and/or goods has always been an important part of the marketing industry in general, and as such has always been seen as legitimate. Other things that an ad-generating program may perform while it is installed on your device is to do a kind of research on your most recent search requests. Relax, no actual personal data or sensitive credentials that you have used while browsing the web are available to any hijacker. What interests the makers of this type of software is the pattern in your searches as by finding it out, they will be able to display only the ads that are relevant to your supposed preferences.

On the other hand, a Ransomware-like virus normally secretly sneaks inside your device and launches a search process for the particular data you use the most. Following the completion of that, all such files are rendered inaccessible by a very strong encryption process. After that, the criminals behind this malware demand a ransom from you in order to give you back the access to your sealed files.

If “Virus” doesn’t count as a virus, how has the infection happened in the first place?

To make that clearer, we have to take a look at the probable sources of hijackers. They might be very diverse, but usually they include torrents, shareware, spam emails, ads, infected web pages, sometimes browser extensions and add-ons. Hijackers are mainly included in program bundles, though. These are free software mixtures you might come across and download from the web. The real problem with them does not really come from simply downloading one. In reality, it is the way you tend to install such software combos that makes the difference. Generally, the wizards will have two sorts of options:

  • the detailed one {Custom/ Advanced/ Customized} that might allow a more manually-performed installation;
  • and the recommended ones, likely to automatically install the entire program bundle with all its added features {the Automatic/ Recommended/ Default ones}. The key to avoiding ad-displaying software such as “Virus” is to learn to choose the options from the first group: the ones providing you with the opportunity to select what to leave behind and what to really install on your PC.

Basic points of prevention

As we have already said before, you  first  have to master the art of properly installing all the software you download from the web on your devices. The second important aspect of prevention is to invest in a good anti-virus tool because a top-quality program will be able to detect ad sources and may automatically stop them.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some annoying changes in the way the affected browsers behave and look like generating online ads, page redirects and so on
Distribution Method Via software bundles, spam, torrents, streams, shareware and freeware platforms.
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Remove “Virus”

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 Targetremove 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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