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Remove “Virus” (Feb. 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

A very annoying piece of software, called “Virus”, has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. This program has been called a “redirect virus” by a number of web users, who have been experiencing unwanted page-redirects and interruptions of their normal browsing activity since “Virus” has been found on their system. A “redirect virus”, however, is not the correct way to call this software. There is a special term which the cyber community uses for such programs and this is the term browser hijackers. Now, a browser hijacker is a special type of page-redirecting and ad-generating software, which has advertising purposes and can affect the way you browse the web. It typically operates by “hijacking” the main browser in the system (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.) and forcing it to display tons of sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners, links, and similar promotional materials. In addition to the ads generation, the hijacker may install a new search engine or a sponsored toolbar and to replace the default homepage without asking for the users’ permission. The main idea behind all this intrusiveness is, of course, to advertise and to earn profits from sponsored page-redirects and clicks on paid commercials. Similarly, “Virus” will keep redirecting you to the sites of its partners and different pay-per-click ads platforms until it gets removed from the system. It is arguable if you can benefit from this activity in any way, but you may land on unsafe and even malicious web locations where nasty threats like Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans may lurk if you are not careful where you click. This is the main reason why our “How to remove” team would advise you to take a look at the removal instructions below and consider the uninstallation of “Virus”. There you can find a step-by-step removal guide and a helpful automatic removal tool, which can rid you of the ads invasion on your screen as well as all the newly installed components on your main browser.    

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.


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.


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.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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

Methods to uninstall is not a lethal and nasty malware infection (from the rank of Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware), but it is possible that it may cause irritation and browsing disturbance, which may quickly make you decide to remove it. Fortunately, it is possible to safely get rid of this browser hijacker without any negative consequences for the system and there are two main methods, which you can use for that – Manual  Automatic. The manual method is carefully described in the removal guide above and contains specific steps, which may need and a bit of computer knowledge to be successfully completed. The Automatic method includes the usage of the specialized removal tool, which can carefully scan your entire machine and remove the browser hijacker without the need of any manual actions from your side. Choose the one that works the best for you and say bye-bye to all the nagging ads.

How can get installed on your PC and what to do to prevent it? may often get installed when you download different free bundles and browser add-ons or click on spam, ads, sketchy websites, torrents, and peer-to-peer file sharing. In order to prevent it, we advise you to avoid such shady and free downloads if possible. Also, when you intend to install new software, pay close attention to options such as Advanced or Custom, because there you can disable any additionally bundled programs and have full control over the setup process of your desired software. 


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new homepage or a search engine may get installed on your browser without your approval
Distribution Method Software bundles, free program installers, torrents, ads and sketchy sites, spam, email attachments, freeware. 
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!

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