How To Remove “Virus” (Jan. 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.

Throughout the paragraphs below we will be describing the possible origin of your recent rather unpleasant browsing experiences. What we could blame for all the never-ceasing streams of pop-ups and banners, the unexpected redirection to some shady web pages and for the possible change of your usual browser homepage, is a program called The characteristic features of this program identify it as a form of a browser hijacker. Like all the other hijacker versions, it might affect all the famous browser apps you could use – Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Explorer. Browser Redirect

Is indeed dangerous?

Perhaps the initial question that any victim user that is facing a browser hijacker may think of is whether your device has been attacked by a virus. Luckily, you have nothing to worry about. You are not experiencing a virus, you are just facing an ad-generating program, which may be able to set your browser app to act differently. Such varying behavior of your browser might include the changes when it comes to the produced ads, the redirecting to a variety of web pages, and the setting of new homepages/ search engines. If you have ever been infected by a malicious program, the outcome could be totally different – much more terrifying, to be completely precise. It is possible that some of your most treasured files may get encrypted and you might need to pay a ransom to have them back in an accessible format. Probably the infection caused by a real virus might result in a total crash of your PC, or the process of destruction of important data. Fortunately, you need not worry about this outcome as has NEVER been considered a virus and has never shown such bothering traits.

The removal process:

The good news is that the removal of “Virus” is possible and isn’t even too difficult. One of the options is by using the removal guide we have prepared for you down here. “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).



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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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’s the reason for some experts to see hijackers as potentially unwanted?

There are users who may consider the manner in which such programs get distributed and the way in which they function to not be quite decent. That has resulted in the identification of as a potentially unwanted program. However, we are going to completely discuss its features and means of distribution in the next lines.

Manners of distribution

Browser hijackers might sometimes come as incorporated into program bundles. Despite the fact that bundles are the most common source, they could also get spread via email attachments, torrents, shareware, platforms streaming videos and movies, and even other hijackers. If has come to your system from a bundle, you need to know that these software combos are legal and very common, and programmers are likely to design them for the purpose of making more money by getting paid for every single ad which is eventually displayed.

The installation of such a browser hijacker:

Perhaps it is the means of installation that make this sort of software seem so suspicious. Maybe you are aware of the fact that to download a bundle is one thing, but to get it installed on your PC is a completely different story. In fact, most of the affected users themselves allow such a program to get inside their machines by being somehow careless in terms of the installation process they are likely to perform. Usually, “Virus” enters your system and you are totally clueless about that. Especially if you prefer using the following installer options when installing any kind of software – the Quick, Default or Automatic. What we would recommend is that you use the installation features that require a little more of an effort, if you want to avoid annoyances such as Adware, browser hijackers, and even the dangers of the cyber-world such as Ransomware and Trojans. The installer options that authorize such a detailed installation are known as Advanced or Customized.

Some negative effects that might have:

It doesn’t often happen, but it is still possible that “Virus” might cause some rather unpleasant consequences. For instance, the mass production of banners, pop-up and box ads may result in a slowdown of your entire device. Moreover, some of the redirections that this browser hijacker may cause might lead to places on the Internet, containing malware (even forms of Ransomware). However, for the most part the probable irritation and the distraction are likely to be the only negative aspects of


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Ad distribution, some sort of redirection, various new homepages/ search engines set.
Distribution Method Many options like bundles, spam, torrents and infected web pages.
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.