Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The browser hijackers are a very common type of potentially undesirable software and most Internet users have probably had a close encounter with such software at least once because the browser hijackers are widely used in the online advertising industry to promote different products, services and websites. One of the newest representatives of this software category, which several of our readers have already complained from, is called “Virus” and, in the next lines, we will tell you more about it. Our goal is to explain exactly what a browser hijacker is, how it can be removed and why these applications have the ability to change the settings in your Firefox,Chrome, Edge, Opera or other browsers without your approval. “Virus” in particular tends to replace the homepage and/or the default search engine service of the main browser, as well as to spam the screen with hundreds of sponsored page-redirect pop-ups, banners, links and more annoying forms of online advertisement. Furthermore, this hijacker may also be responsible for the frequent browser crashes that you may have been experiencing lately as well as for the sluggishness and the unresponsiveness of the browser which may happen during your regular web browsing sessions. That’s why below we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to uninstall this application and how to remove all the changes and the ads related to it. To your relief, once you effectively eliminate the browser hijacker from the system, everything will be back to normal and you will be able to use your browser like before. It is unlikely for such software to have any negative consequences on your PC because this is not a virus or a type of malware (such as Ransomware or Trojans) which can damage the OS or mess with your personal data.

What the purpose of “Virus” really is

The browser hijackers usually serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They display huge amounts of online advertisements (in the form of ads, pop-ups, banners, colorful messages, blinking boxes, etc.) as means of promoting certain goods, services and websites. The replacement of your usual homepage and the introduction of a new search engine are also part of the advertising activity because such tools can redirect your web searches to specific sponsored sites and platforms. The creators of the promoted websites and products as well as the people who are providing the advertising services through applications like are the ones that benefit the most. The first gain more exposure while the second earn income based on how many times the users click on the displayed advertisements. With this in mind, it is not difficult to understand why the developers of browser hijackers try to fill your screen with as many advertisements as possible and trick you into clicking on them. However, we always advise our readers to refrain from interacting with random online ads no matter how harmless they may seem because, sometimes, nasty viruses and malware like Ransomware and Trojans may hide behind them. Therefore, it is better to simply avoid such advertising materials by uninstalling the software that is responsible for their generation.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different sponsored ads, pop-ups and redirect links may start to spam your screen.
Distribution Method Browser hijackers are typically distributed via methods like software bundling, free installers, torrents, ads and spam.
Detection Tool

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

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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. 

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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. 

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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:

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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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Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

  • 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).

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons.

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

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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