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

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

A number of users have recently reached our “How to remove” team with a request to help them uninstall an application called This application is nothing serious to worry about and is far from any nasty computer threat such as viruses or malware like Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans, etc. However, according to most users, is a source of nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect ads as well as of some unwanted browser changes such as homepage or search engine replacements which disturb their normal web surfing activity. Browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Explorer are a common target for the ad-generating application but other browsing apps may also get hijacked. Once it integrates with the main browser on the system, “Virus” starts to promote different pages, platforms, sales offers and sponsored links and prompts the users to click the commercial materials. Fortunately, it is not difficult to detect when your browser has been hijacked but what is more challenging is to remove the hijacker and uninstall its changes. In most of the cases, you may need to follow certain instructions and to navigate to specific system locations in order to safely delete the related software components. However, if you are not really sure what needs to be removed, it is quite possible that you may delete the wrong files and to cause more issues to your system. That’s why the faster and the safer option is to use a professional removal tool or a combination of a manual and automatic removal methods. In the next lines, our team has prepared a special removal guide which offers both options – an automatic removal tool and a manual set of instructions for the uninstallation of We suggest you use them if this application is causing issues and if you want to have it fully eradicated from your system.

Why is it a good idea to remove “Virus”? is not a harmful virus or a malicious infection. However, we still advise you to eliminate it because the longer the browser hijacker remains in the system, the greater the exposure to different irritating and unfamiliar ads, pop-ups and web locations would be. This piece of software is basically programmed to redirect your browsing queries to random third-party sites, links and platforms, which generate revenue on a pay-per-click basis. Such an activity is not only very annoying in the long run, but it may also contribute to the exposure to nasty security hazards, misleading links, fake ads and shady pages. The reason is, when the browser hijacker takes over your browser, you have no control over the content that gets displayed on your screen. Yes, “Virus” may deliver some good offers, discount coupons and deals of products and services that you might be interested in, but if you are not careful with where and what you click on, it is perfectly possible that you may get redirected to shady web locations where nasty viruses such as Ransomware and Trojans may lurk. That’s why it is generally not a good idea to keep such software on your PC and is simply safer to regain the control over your browser in order to minimize the risk of landing on something misleading.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different sponsored ads, pop-ups and banners may spam your monitor during your regular web browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Usually, most browser hijackers spread via software bundling, free downloads, automatic installers, torrents and ads.
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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).



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.


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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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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