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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 browser hijacker software class is not as dangerous as the Trojan Horses or as malicious as the Ransomware cryptoviruses. In fact, though many people might not know it, a browser hijacker isn’t technically a virus. Despite being regarded as unwanted (and rightfully so), the representatives of the browser hijacker category are actually mostly legal software components created for browsing programs like Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari or any other browser that you could think of. They hardly ever seek to harm the users’ computers and, though irritating and unpleasant to have inside the system, do not typically pose any direct threat to the machine’s health.

“Well, then, why are they so unwanted?” you might ask. Well, for starters, they are known for spamming the users with random irritating ads and page redirects and tinkering with the search engine, the homepage, the toolbar and with other similar browser components. Though it might not seem like much, experiencing a hijacker’s activities first hand is sure to lead to tons of frustration and irritation on your side. Also, on top of all that, most hijackers are actually quite difficult to remove. Regular uninstallation doesn’t normally work for this type of browser components and even if you somehow manage to remove them from your browser, it’s likely that they’d still come back to bother you if their files and registry keys inside your system haven’t been thoroughly removed. Do not despair, though – even if they can be quite tricky to get rid of, there’s still an effective way to do it. Below, we have posted a guide on how to remove one of the newest and most annoying hijackers that you could stumble upon, the so-called “Virus”. But as long as you closely follow our instructions, you should have little to no problem removing it from your system.

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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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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.

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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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

It’s inadvisable to trust the content that a hijacker might put on your screen!

Even if “Virus” won’t directly harm your machine, it might, under certain circumstances, still prove to be a security hazard. The thing to remember here is that you should keep away from the page redirects, the promotional banners, the random pop-ups and the other commercial materials that this app might spam you with. It’s also a good idea to avoid using its custom browser elements like its search engine or its homepage/new-tab page as those could be unreliable as well. The reason for all that is because of the risk of exposing your PC to some actual hazards like malicious Trojan Horse or Ransomware viruses if you click on the wrong ad or open the wrong site. This is also why it’s important to ensure you don’t get any more hijackers installed on your system. In order to keep “Virus” and other similar apps away from your PC in the future, make sure to never download any software from unreliable and/or questionable sources and developers and also to always check the advanced installation where you should be able to see if any potentially unwanted elements have been bundled with the main install.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Random ads and page-redirects on your screen while browsing and unwanted and unauthorized changes to your browser.
Distribution Method Usually, hijackers get distributed by getting added/bundled with the installers of other programs.
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


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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