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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. is not among the worst pieces of software that you may encounter. This application doesn’t have the harmful abilities of a Ransomware cryptovirus or the stealthiness of a Trojan horse infection. However, if you have it on your PC, then you are very likely to experience some of the following disturbances:

  • Generation of annoying and hard-to-remove ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen.
  • Modifications in the settings of your browser such as homepage replacement, new-tab page replacement or automatic page-redirects.
  • Installation of new search engine tools, unfamiliar toolbars, and browser add-ons.
  • Traffic data collection and exposure to sponsored commercials and promotional websites. Virus “Virus”

Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Explorer could easily get hijacked by this or any similar application and be forced to operate in the above-mentioned way. They may start to become unresponsive to the users’ search queries and may display certain links, ads or web pages, which are predefined and are thus supposed to get traffic and exposure. Other possible unwanted effects of having “Virus”on the computer may include sluggishness, sudden browser crashes, and excessive exposure to pay-per-click ads. These are potential results of the quite aggressive online advertising activity, which the software is trying to implement. Luckily, there is nothing harmful or criminal in such activity. Applications like “Virus”  are not viruses created to destroy the user’s system but online advertising tools, that are supposed to promote certain products, services, offers, and software programs through the users’ browsers. Due to their rather aggressive behavior, however, such pieces of software are better known as browser hijackers. Many web users face the disturbance of dealing with browser hijackers on a daily basis and that’s why it is really important to understand their nature in order to effectively handle them without risking the safety of your computer.

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

The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant “Virus” software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.

Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders

Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.

For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.

Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.

Removing “Virus”

Step 1: Checking the Task Manager

Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.

Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process. Virus


Step 2: Disabling Startup programs

Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name “Virus” on them. Right-click on those, and select disable. Virus

Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name “Virus” in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation. Virus

Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s

Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]

Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers

You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:


Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.

You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.


Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.


Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.


Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.

Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor

Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type “Virus” and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for “Virus” in your PC’s Registry. Virus


Step 7: Deleting recent entries

For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files. Virus

Step 8: System Restore

In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.

  1. Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
  2. Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
  3. Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
  4. Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
  5. Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional) Virus
  6. Click on next and take and then select Finish.
  7. A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.

Let us know in the comment sections if you need assistance in any of the steps or would like to share valuable information about “Virus”


The representatives of this software category are usually challenging to uninstall, but definitely not as hard as dealing with a computer virus. Still, for the effective and safe removal, we usually recommend that our readers either use a professional removal tool or the instructions of a trusted removal guide like the one below.

Why do so many people fear the browser hijackers?

The fear and panic that the browser hijackers tend to cause are usually not justified because such pieces of software do not initiate any criminal activities and do not aim to cause harm to the users. However, many people seek methods to have them uninstalled and remove all of their imposed browser changes and ads from their computer. The main reasons for that are the obvious ads irritation and browsing disturbance, which are very likely to appear the moment such software gets installed on the system as well as the potential interaction with security hazards. An application such as might not only install some sponsored custom search engine tool or toolbar on your default browser without your approval but may also force the browser to redirect you to some predefined web pages, links, and offers, which generate income from paid clicks and traffic.

This uncontrolled stream of random ads and redirects, as well as the browser’s changes might be quite unpleasant and make your machine more likely to get exposed to different types of malware and viruses such as Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware, or Spyware. That’s why, the general advice we usually give to our readers is to be cautious when applications like operate on their system and try to avoid interaction with their advertising materials because the legitimacy of the randomly popping-up ads might not be verified and there could be content with malicious or fake origin.

How can applications like get installed on your system?

Typically, the users may get potentially unwanted or hazardous applications on their systems when they interact with different spam messages, shady websites, torrents, different email attachments, ads, and free download links. In the case with the browser hijackers like , however, the most probable way to have them installed on the computer is when you perform a careless software installation of a given application bundle without customizing its configuration settings. This is so because, in most of the cases, the browser hijackers are bundled with other free applications, attractive toolbars, browser add-ons or software update installers. Usually, they are promoted as “optional” or “bonus” components to the main application and get installed alongside if you don’t disable them manually. That’s why, in order to prevent them from getting installed, you should always make use of the Advanced/Custom installation settings from the setup wizard and remove any components that seem potentially unwanted or shady.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  New homepage settings or search engine changes may take place in your browser. 
Distribution Method Software bundling, torrents, automatic installation packages, ads and ad-supported sites, spam.
Detection Tool

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!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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