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

It is unlikely that we will surprise anyone by saying that the browser hijackers are some of the most annoying forms of software. One of the newest hijacker representatives is an application called, which could cause a lot of browsing irritation. This application is generally capable of replacing the homepage and/or the search engine with some sponsored ones and of generating various aggressive ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links all over the screen of browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser. You probably got here because you have recently discovered in your system and are now you trying to figure out how you could remove it. This makes perfect sense since no one would like to deal with hundreds of online advertisements during their web browsing, neither would they enjoy having their browser settings replaced with some third-party tools, toolbars, search engines and domains without their approval. That’s why below we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to safely remove this application and uninstall all the potentially unwanted changes that are probably disturbing your online experience. We will also tell you what potential issues such software may cause and what is the purpose of the browser hijackers in general.

Before you scroll down to the instructions, however, let’s first make one thing clear – the representatives of the browser hijacker category are not the same as computer threats like viruses, Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. Their main task isn’t to cause harm to the users or to involve them in criminal schemes but to generate profits for their developers through sponsored ads positioning and page-redirects. Most often, the people who create applications like receive a certain amount of money every time the users click on the displayed banners, pop-up ads and promotional new tabs that appear on their screens during web browsing. This is typically regarded as a legal online advertising method and is actually a rather successful business model that serves the needs of the digital marketing industry.

However, the mentioned remuneration advertising strategy often may initiate activities that few people may like. In particular, applications such as may often have access to your surfing history. Moreover, they may not only have access to your browsing history, but they may also keep track of which pages you spend the most time on as well as which pages you bookmark, what ads you click on and what products or services you are searching for on the web. In addition, the browser hijacker may also be interested in learning what content you prefer to share within social networks and on other similar platforms. All this collection of data about your surfing habits gives the browser hijacker information about which of the goods and services in its arsenal will have the highest probability to attract your attention and your clicks. Taking into account all this data, the application begins to adjust the advertising flow for each individual user and to redirect their searches to specific sponsored third-party web locations. In a way, this practice may be considered as a direct intrusion in the personal space of the users and can be a very serious reason to uninstall the application that is behind it. Moreover, the possibility of landing on insecure or misleading content is quite high and the risk of getting infected with a virus, a Trojan or a Ransomware is simply is also there.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may frequently experience automatic page-redirects and aggressive exposure to ads, banners and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, ads, free downloads, different freeware and shareware sites, automatic installers, spam.
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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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