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How to Remove “Virus” (August 2018 Update)

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.

This article is created for the purpose of giving you all the information on the way (a program recognized as a browser hijacker) may function. Such an annoying piece of software might often render some changes in the way your browser applications look or operate. An irritating and intense generation of online ads may start; forms of redirecting to different web pages could be launched, and the way your browser apps (even the best of them such as Firefox, Chrome and Explorer) look may become different. For example, their homepages and default search engines may be replaced with new ones. Virus

How to Remove

The standard behavior of and the characteristic features of browser hijackers in general:

Browser hijackers seem to be getting more and more widely spread and more popular at the present moment. In general, the programs from this category are not known to cause any real trouble. Nevertheless, these programs may indeed spoil your surfing experience since they may have the ability to infect and modify the settings of all your browser applications. Generally, this is what hijackers indeed do – they infect only your browsers, generate pop-up ads; send you to somewhere on the web without your command to do so; and set some entirely new homepages and search engines to your browsers.

Are these programs in any way dangerous?

We can’t talk about any ties to any kind of malware when discussing browser hijackers. They are normally regarded as non-invasive and lacking the ability to harm your PC in any serious way. Really, no real danger might ever come as a result of the presence of hijacker inside your system. Just to draw the necessary comparison, if we discuss a Ransomware virus, for example, or a Trojan horse, you are very likely to end up unable to access some files; harassed for your money or even hacked and spied on by the creators of such a virus.  As far as is concerned, all these negative consequences are highly improbable.

How to 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).



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

Despite its general harmlessness, could lead to anything harmful or negative? Every version of software has its minuses. When we talk about this hijacker and any other program of this type, the negative results may be the research that such software might perform based on the data about your most common search requests. This practice may be seen as a little invasive by some users. Furthermore, your entire device may become slightly slower due to the intense consumption of system resources (as a result of the redirection and the pop-up generation processes). This in turn leads to the question: Why do browser hijackers exist in general? This sort of software usually only has marketing functions. Some particular providers and distributors may pay programmers to come up with a kind of software capable of advertising various products and services in an effective way. Actually, that’s the reason why browser hijackers and Adware were first created. There is nothing wrong or illegal about the marketing business.

How could an infection take place? What are the most common sources of

Hijackers are not malicious and cannot really get self-installed on your device. Hence, their makers have found a way to tempt the innocent users into indirectly complying with the installation of these programs. This works in the following way:

Browser hijackers get included in software bundles. Such bundles are free and everyone can download and install them. Usually, users are impatient about using a part of such a bundle – a free game, for instance, and install the whole bundles in the least smart way. The way to install only the wanted programs from such a software bundle is to always use the Custom/ Customized, or the Advanced/ Manual installer features. They will save you from catching some really irritating programs like hijackers.

Some very helpful tips:

It is always wise to have a good anti-virus program, so make sure to invest in the best one. Some of the anti-malware tools that really are good, have anti-ad-generating features and can stop programs such as What’s more, try to carefully choose the web pages you visit on a daily basis, and you will be unlikely to catch any forms of malware. For the removal of from your PC, use a helpful uninstallation guide, such as the one we have created for your needs below. The instructions have been assembled with great care and attention to detail, and should be what you need to help you remove


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some browser app changes including redirection and ad production.
Distribution Method Program bundling, spam, movie-sharing, video-streaming sites, various ads.
Detection Tool

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.

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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