Remove “Virus”

One of the most common reasons for uncontrolled and aggressive ads exposure during the browsing time is the presence of special ad-generating and page-redirecting pieces of software inside the users’ system. These pieces of software are known as browser hijackers and can be found all over the Internet. They oftentimes get installed on the computer by default alongside some other, more desirable program, especially if the user doesn’t pay close attention during the setup process. Once they become part of the system, the browser hijackers usually latch onto the main browser (it could be Chrome, Firefox,  Safari or any other browser you may have installed on your computer) and start to generate various intrusive pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, banners, and sponsored redirect links through the browser’s screen during your web surfing sessions. They also tend to install some sponsored search engine tools, toolbars, buttons or homepage domains which are meant to replace your default settings and to generate more of those aggressive advertisements on your monitor.

Luckily, the main purpose of all these actions and changes is not to corrupt your PC or to mess with your files. The hijacker apps simply try to advertise some third-party content and to increase the traffic and the exposure to certain websites, sales platforms, tools and offers and to boost the chances successful sales. Therefore, they are not considered to be serious computer threats and do not belong to any virus or malware category such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. The lack of dangerous features, however, still does not make them the most desirable software. Many people experience annoyance and irritation due to the browser changes that such applications may impose and due to the excessive ad generation. That’s why they often seek methods to remove the unwanted changes and uninstall the ad-generating software from their PC. For this reason, in the next lines, we have published a special removal tool specialized in the uninstallation of hijacker-based applications and a manual guide, specifically aimed to help our readers remove a hijacker called, which is a common source of browsing irritation.

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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

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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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.

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  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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Remove “Virus”  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove “Virus” —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove “Virus” —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Remove “Virus” Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove “Virus”  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Virus”Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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

Some general information about the specifics of “virus” is a piece of software, which may commonly be mistaken for a virus or some sort of a nasty application due to its aggressive behavior. However, to your relief, even if you have on your PC, this browser hijacker won’t try to harm your computer like a Trojan Horse would or target your personal data – a typical trait of the Ransomware cryptoviruses. On the other hand, the unwanted application may modify the settings of your main browser and start to spam your screen with various sponsored ads, redirect links, new tabs and pop-up banners, which could make it rather difficult to navigate through the Internet. Oftentimes, you may be exposed to some potentially unwanted commercials or unfamiliar websites and may be prompted to click on some sketchy web locations, blinking boxes and redirect links. If you are not careful, you may even be tricked into downloading and installing some unreliable software, which may be infected with malware, or purchasing some low-quality products and services, which may come from unreliable providers. For this reason, we generally advise our readers to remove and uninstall its changes in order to permanently stop its activities.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new search engine, a toolbar, a new homepage domain may replace your default ones without your approval. 
Distribution Method Various distribution methods, including software bundling, torrents, spam, ads, free downloads, automatic installers, shareware. 
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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!


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.


  • These steps did not help, and I went through them three times now. The site pops up while I’m on my phone and while it’s off. Even typing this comment, the site has popped up and taken me from this page.

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