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Remove “Virus” (May 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.

It is certainly unpleasant to have various types of ads and page redirects show up on your screen each time you are looking for something on the Internet and yet this is a very common phenomenon that occurs on a lot of computers. Of course, many websites are supported by ads and it is shouldn’t come as a surprise that visiting such a site would inevitably result in advertisements getting shown on your screen. However, you can skip those sites and not visit them or at least use an ad-blocker.

The real issue here comes when a browser hijacker like “Virus” gets installed on your computer. Such apps are mostly compatible with the majority of browsers including Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, Opera and others and are able to impose changes on their search engines, toolbars, starting pages and new-tab pages without asking for a permission from the PC Administrator. If such an app gets installed on your machine, aside from tinkering with your browser without your permission, it is also likely to start spamming your browsing screen with advertisements, banners, pop-ups, box messages and page redirects irrespective of the website or page that is currently being visited. This is how hijackers normally function as their usual purpose is to spam your screen with ads and redirect your searches to promoted content in order to make money off the users’ backs and at the expense of their undisrupted browsing experience.

How you can deal with such an issue

The fix to this is rather simply but requires some understanding of how uninstalling a hijacker is supposed to be done. The guide we are about to give you right now has all the steps and instructions to help you with the elimination of – a typical and recently released browser hijacker representative that a lot of you likely have on their PCs right now.

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

Some more words about the browser hijacker software family

Though nowhere near as malicious or as dangerous as Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware and other similar insidious malware programs, hijackers are not something we’d advise you to keep on the computer. They are oftentimes of questionable quality and their ads might sometimes prove to be hazardous for your PC. A common distribution method for some of the nastiest forms of malware the likes of Ransomware and Trojan Horses is the malvertising technique which relies on misleading infected ads. Now, we are not saying that the ads of are necessarily compromised in that way, but we also can’t disprove that so it’s simply better to stay on the safer side and eliminate using our instructions.

Also, remember to never install obscure software on your PC which might be regarded as a hijacker – you really don’t need any more such apps on your computer. A good piece of advise you also need to bear in mind is that you must not open any spam e-mails or sketchy-looking web offers as those are also common sources of undesirable apps the likes of


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes to the browser and ads on your screen are sure to give away the presence of the hijacker.
Distribution Method In most cases, a hijacker would get distributed through file bundles and misleading download offers.
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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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