Remove “Virus”

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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.

The adware apps may be some of the most annoying pieces of software that you get added to your browser. They are typically not dangerous and harmful which makes them different from Ransomware or Trojan Horses but they can really on your nerves the very moment you face them. Such programs typically take some of the more popular browsers – ones such as Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, and make them display hundreds of sponsored banners, colorful ads, page-redirect messages and pop-ups on the screen. “Virus”, as one of the latest adware representatives, is not an exception to this rule. The main feature of this program is that it can generate various advertising materials on the users’ screens, which are typically placed in an extremely inconvenient places inside the browser’s windows. Therefore, if you have in your system, it may become quite difficult to maneuver past all these colorful windows, boxes and other commercial messages during your web browsing. And this is not accidental – thanks to a popular monetization strategy called Pay Per Click, the creators of the adware can earn some serious income from advertising all sorts of goods and services on your monitor. Therefore, it is in their best interest to spam you with a lot of advertising materials and place them everywhere in order to make you click on them.

This article is devoted to clarifying some important facts about this program and the adware apps in general as well as dispelling some of the myths that have developed around them. Moreover, since you probably can’t wait to find a way to uninstall and remove its never-ending stream of ads, pop-ups, banners and redirect links, at the end of the current paragraph, you will find instructions for its removal. Read them carefully and follow them exactly as they are shown because deleting something else from the system can seriously affect the health of your computer as a whole.

Can adware like harm your PC?

For the most part, adware is completely legal software and is not used in criminal activities. However, its above-mentioned behavior is responsible for the fact that most security experts classify the adware as potentially unwanted software. Perhaps, like many other users who have come face-to-face with, you are also not quite sure about how exactly to treat such apps. They tend to spam you with hundreds of sponsored commercials, third-party links, redirect messages and annoying new tabs, which may oftentimes interrupt your regular web surfing and may land you on various unfamiliar web locations. Not only that, but such apps tend to make your browser slower, unresponsive and unstable, and sometimes may even crash it in their attempts to generate their sponsored commercials on your screen. Such behavior can, naturally, be considered as undesired even if it is not directly related to computer viruses or malware like Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. That’s why we are not surprised by the number of people who seek methods to uninstall and remove its ads permanently from their screen. In fact, we encourage our readers to make use of the removal instructions above and eliminate the source of their browsing disturbance as soon as possible.


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your web browsing may constantly get disturbed by various sponsored ads, pop-ups and banners.
Distribution Method Spam, software bundles, torrents, ads, free downloads, shareware platforms and automatic installers are common sources of adware.
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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).



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.


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.

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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.



  • 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

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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