The virus typically seeks to modify the options of your browser without your direct permission with the idea to display different sponsored ads, banners, pop-up messages and commercials and to redirect you to some third-party websites that promote some products and services. The changes that the virus may apply may vary, but one of the results is always the same: you get exposed to more advertising materials than normal every time you start a new browsing session. Virus

The “Virus” will display Pop-up windows asking for permission for its Push notifications.

Have you ever experienced the following situation: you download a program that you need from some supposedly reliable website, you download the installer and click on “Accept” without further exploring the installation options? But when you finish the installation process and you return to the browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or another one), you realize that one or several third-party toolbars have appeared there or that the default homepage or the search engine have been changed and are now pate-redirecting you to some unknown sites. If the answer is yes, then the chances are you have accidentally installed a Browser Hijacker such as or Cloudnet on your Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc. What has happened to you is something very common and a lot of web users seem to face the same issue when they carelessly install some new software on their machine via the automatic setup. They get their browser’s settings changed and in addition to that, some of them experience an aggressive stream of different ads, banners, pop-ups and sponsored redirects on their screen. But why those changes take place and how to remove them? Are they caused by some malicious program (such as a Trojans, a Ransomware, or a Spyware), and can they expose your system to viruses? This is exactly what we are going to talk about here. If you have on your system, in the next lines, we will explain to you how to uninstall all of its changes and potentially unwanted components as well as how to permanently remove the nagging ads, associated with it.

Fortunately, is not a serious computer threat but a rather harmless representative of the Browser Hijacker family. Therefore, you have a great chance of successfully dealing with it effectively if you carefully follow the instructions at the end of the article or use the suggested “Virus” removal tool below.

How can you remove the changes and uninstall the Browser Hijacker?

If your web browser has been taken over by ads generated by “Virus”, it is a good idea to get rid of the cause of those ads before the sponsored pop-ups become a major browsing issue. Another good reason to uninstall it is that you can never be sure where the browser hijacker redirect may you to – there are pages with unreliable content where viruses and nasty malware, including Ransomware and Trojans can be found and the best way to avoid them is to avoid automatic page-redirects to unfamiliar web locations. In order to do that, simply follow the steps that you will find in the removal guide below and restore the default settings of your browser.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This program may replace your browser’s settings and initiate sponsored page-redirects.
Distribution Method Spam, ads, free software installers, program bundles, automatic installations, torrents, shareware.
IP Adress
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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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