How to Remove “Virus” (March 2018 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.

In case your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser has been greeting you recently with a new startpage named, then you probably have installed a browser hijacker called “Virus” on your computer. Browser hijackers are programs with a rather negative reputation and despite that they are not as dangerous as a Trojan horse or Ransomware infection, many users want to remove them from their computers. The reason is, such programs tend to take over one’s browser and install some new homepage or search engine on it. The newly installed component usually starts to redirect the search queries and prompt people to click on various nagging ads, banners, and pop-ups. The purpose of the hijacker is to advertise and generate traffic and clicks, which benefit certain marketers and software developers. You as a user, however, may not really benefit from the intrusive ads generation and redirects. In the next lines, we are going to tell you more information about the typical activities a program like can be related to, as well as the reasons you should consider uninstalling such software. If you decide to remove the hijacker, the free Removal Guide below will guide you through the process while the professional removal tool can scan your PC throughout. “Virus”

What is doing on your computer?

Typically, a browser hijacker like this may install some elements inside the users’ browsers (such as toolbars, search engines, homepages, and shortcut buttons) and try to manipulate their search queries by redirecting them to some sponsored content. Different websites, blinking boxes, new tabs, ads, sales offers and intrusive pop-ups messages may constantly interrupt the normal browsing activity without the users’ approval. Obviously, such activity can be very frustrating, especially for people, who use their browser on a daily basis for work or leisure. That’s why it is not surprising that lots of users desperately seek for ways to remove programs like and get their browser settings back to normal. “Virus” Removal

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).



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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.


To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

What dangers might occur from a Browser Hijacker?

It is rare for Browser hijackers like to cause serious issues or direct harm to the users’ computers. As we already said, the aim of this software is to advertise, not to corrupt your system. In regard to this, the hijacker may try to collect some valuable information from your browser (such as your history of searches, bookmarks, location, language, frequently visited pages, etc.) and transmit it to third-party marketers and advertisers. This is not malicious activity, but it may be seen as a form of a privacy invasion for some users. Another indirect danger, related to this software is the fact that you may eventually get exposed to some other security hazards if you let the hijacker automatically redirect you to random sites and ads. Since you have no way to check the legitimacy and safety of every pop-up or new page that gets displayed on your screen, you have all the right to question it. In some rare cases, you may unknowingly bump into fake ads, misleading links or already infected web pages, which could be transmitters or all sorts of viruses, including Trojan horses and Ransomware. We know that you definitely don’t want this to happen to you, so in order to eliminate such a possibility, we suggest you permanently uninstall the hijacker from your system and remove all of its components and ads.

Are there some tips to prevent browser hijacking?

As with any other potentially unwanted software, it is much easier to avoid the installation of a browser hijacker rather than to deal with it later. That’s why here we will share some useful tips with you. Typically, programs like may be found everywhere on the web because they are distributed as free software. Oftentimes, the software developers include them inside some free software setups and distribute them as “suggested programs” in order to earn some Pay-Per-Click revenue form the displayed ads. Knowing this, you have to be very careful when installing new software on your system, as this is the most common way to end up with a browser hijacker or some other ad-generating software. Always read the EULA and select the Advanced/ Custom installation options over the Automatic/ Quick ones, because this way you can have full control of the entire software package. If you have skipped these instructions and now you have to deal with, we have covered the removal of this program in the guide below. Feel free to use the instructions or, if you need a quick and automatic uninstallation, scan your PC with the professional removal tool.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This program may install some new components such as toolbars, search engines, homepages, and shortcut buttons on your browser and initiate automatic redirects.
Distribution Method Platforms for free software distribution, torrents, free software bundles, free download links, automatic installers, ads, pop-up links.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Are there any suspicious-looking IPs in your hosts file or shady Registry entries in the Registry Editor?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Both entries are okay and shouldn’t be removed.

    • Trevor Davids

      All sorted. Changed / Updated the Group Policy as recommended and viola! – all sorted.

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        We are happy to hear that!