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How to Remove “Virus” (March 2019 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. “Virus” is a form of software that might take control of all the browsing apps installed on your device, such as the popular Chrome, Explorer and/or Firefox (as well as pretty much all other browser apps) could also be targeted; and might lead to some really annoying modifications of the affected apps:

  • Perhaps you will get redirected to unknown websites while you are on the web all the time. Thus, your surfing experience as a whole might be affected in a negative way.
  • Your browser apps may launch the production of very many online ads. Banners, pop-ups and bright boxes could appear all over your browser apps, each time when you try to browse the Internet.
  • “Virus” may even be able to substitute your usual browser homepage and search engine with some new, oftentimes completely unfamiliar ones.

This software’s family is called browser hijackers. Such programs do not really represent serious cyber threats. However, no user wants to get infected by them as they are really annoying and might seriously irritate the entire browsing experience. As you can see, browser hijackers have been characterized as a kind of software, generally focused on affecting all the installed browser apps. Actually, no other component of your system could really be modified by this program. “Virus” may only access and change your browser apps to some extent but does not harm your PC in any way. Browser Redirect

What you may not know about “Virus” in particular

You may not be aware of the fact that all of the programs from the browser hijacker category are normally aiding the marketing industry. The efforts of manufacturers, service providers and programmers to come up with an online means of promotion (as nowadays people spend a lot of time in front of their computers) have resulted in the creation of such advertising-oriented software. Really, the redirecting and ads “Virus” and its sibling programs could cause are nothing different from all the ads we are exposed to on the radio or on TV. These are their online versions. In fact, the exact name of this online advertising scheme is pay per click. In general, it means that the more ads we are exposed to, and the more redirecting occurs, and the more new homepages are displayed; the more money the creators of hijackers could make as they are paid on the basis of the seen/ clicked on ads.

How to deal with this issue:

To remove an ongoing contamination, scroll down and find our removal guide. To prevent a future infection, master the installation skill we have described above and learn to invest in good anti-malware tools to keep your system safe. “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. 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.


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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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 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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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!

Is this program just annoying or does it indeed cause harm?

We are more than sure that “Virus” is NOT really a member of any malware category. This program is nothing but an easy means of income for developers and an efficient means of promotion for the people who want to gain more exposure for what they produce. Of course, there are some substantial differences between hijackers and most common forms of malware we are aware of. While any standard hijacker could do no more than simply “hijack” your browser apps and somehow modify them, the Ransomware and Trojan-type programs can actually access all the components of your PC and seriously damage them – either by destroying something or locking up some vital data. What’s more, no hijacker is really able to self-install on your device while Ransomware and Trojans are perfectly able to do that without your knowledge and clear consent.

How browser hijackers are likely to get distributed:

When discussing Adware and/or browser hijackers, we have to point out that the major source of both advertising kinds of apps is called program bundling. This is actually the process of mixing games and apps together, and spreading them in bundles, normally for free. Typically, the created bundles are harmless combos, but only if you manage to install their contents in the correct manner. There will be nothing bothering you and you will be able to enjoy some new free apps and programs, you just have to bear in mind that the secret to a safe installation process is choosing the ADVANCED (or sometimes CUSTOM) installation feature at all times and under no circumstances opting for the easy Default or Automatic installation features.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browsers might get modified in an annoying way.
Distribution Method Everything on the Internet – spam, ads, torrents, shareware, bundles.
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.



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    • Those IPs are certainly not supposed to be in the Hosts file, remove them and save the changes to the file.

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