Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

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If the ads that show up in your browser are more than usual and they don’t seem to be restricted or coming from any particular site or page that you are visiting, then this may be an indication that there is a browser hijacker present in your system. The browser hijackers are software pieces that typically try to promote certain sites and products through rather obstructive and aggressive means. Usually, the way this all happens is through a file-bundle – an installation package for another program that includes a clause that allows the installer to make changes in your browser, whatever that browser may be – Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox are the usual targets. If the user doesn’t uncheck the said clause, the installation process may set a new homepage to their browser, introduce an automatic page-redirect service in it, replace the search engine or modify the toolbar. All of this is meant to popularize the site, the products or the services of the hijacker’s creators as well as to flood the users’ browsers with ads for extra income through pay-per-click. One recent example of a browser hijacker software component is the one that tries to promote a page known as If you have this hijacker in your system, it would ceaselessly try to redirect you to and show you ads related to it or ones that benefit the people behind it. Of course, this can quickly get quite irritating and also put your computer at risk of getting attacked by real malware like a cryptovirus of the Ransomware family or a Trojan Horse infection. The browser hijacker associated with isn’t really a malicious piece of dangerous software – it is instead a relatively harmless component inserted in your browser to help popularize “Virus”. However, the way it does its job could pose a risk to your system. You see, because of the different ads that may flood your screen and because can’t be sure if they won’t land you on some shady page with malware or Ransomware in it, it’s best if you keep away from them and also if you uninstall the source behind them. Uninstalling the hijacker and removing anything that may be related to it from your system will not only make the ads stop, but it will also allow you to effectively remove the changes that the browser hijacker has made to your browser while, at the same time, making your computer safer and less likely to get attacked by Ransomware, Trojans or viruses.

Avoiding this type of annoyances in the future

As we pointed out earlier, a hijacker may come to you as an element inserted in a file-bundle. Many software installers have some added clause that, when checked, allows them to install some additional app in the computer or make changes in the search engine, the toolbar or the homepage of the browser. You need to be on the lookout for such clauses and uncheck them when you see them unless you do actually agree with the changes that they could make. This is how most hijackers get distributed and it is something you shouldn’t disregard or ignore.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers are mostly known for changing the browser’s settings without the permission of the user.
Distribution Method The methods that the hijacker creators use to distribute such apps are mainly related to spam messages and file bundling.
IP Address
Detection Tool

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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” (Chrome/FF/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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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