Remove Virus Pop up

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

If your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox browser has recently gone crazy displaying hundreds of nagging ads, pop-ups, and aggressive banners, then, on this page, we will show you how to bring things back to normal. The typical source of such a strange behavior is usually a type of advertising software commonly known as browser hijackers. In the article that you are about to read, we will tell you about one particular browser hijacker representative named Virus Pop up. In case your favorite browser has gotten invaded by this unpleasant software component, in the next lines, you will learn more about it and about the methods that you can use to have it removed. Virus Pop up would usually “invade” your system by default, alongside some other software that you agree to install, either from an a program bundle, from a free download set, from a torrent or from some automatic installer. It is impossible not to notice its presence after the hijacker has added itself to your browser because, from the moment it appears, this application is likely to make some changes to your default browser and thus alter the way it operates. For instance, it may set a new homepage or install some new search engine or toolbar. It may also launch an automatic page-redirect service and may start to flood your screen with numerous promotional messages such as ads, pop-ups, blinking boxes and banners. The main purpose of such applications which can initiate aggressive ads positioning on your monitor is to advertise and not to cause any actual harm. However, due to their aggressiveness and unapproved browser modifications, they can often be mistaken for viruses when, in reality, they are actually quite different from malicious threats such as Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware or Spyware.  Removal Guide

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 Virus Pop up 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 Virus Pop up from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Virus Pop up 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
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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

Can an application like Virus Pop up put your PC in any danger?

To your relief, the browser hijackers are not normally regarded as serious computer threats. Leading security experts classify them as relatively harmless because they lack the criminal abilities of an actual malware program such as a Ransomware, a Trojan horse or a Spyware infection and couldn’t really cause any irreparable damage or lead to any lasting consequences on their own. If you let them operate on your PC, however, you may face some issues and irritation. For instance, applications such as Virus Pop up might be related to never-ending ads interruptions, sudden page-redirects, browser sluggishness and unresponsiveness, which could lead to an overall browsing irritation as well as potential exposure to unreliable content. They may also be blamed for the se of a “traffic data” collection service, which the users may have no direct control over. What we are referring to here is the ability of the browser hijackers to collect some browsing-related information about the users’ latest searches, interests and online habits for the needs of the online marketing industry and their targeted online advertising services. Such an activity is generally not considered as a cyber crime because it does not steal or transmit any personal or identification data, which could put the web users’ virtual security and privacy at risk. However, the developers of the browser hijackers could use it for more aggressive online ads campaigns (such as pay-per-click) or sell it to third party advertisers for profits. Probably the most annoying thing is the fact that there is no way to disable or opt out of this data tracking activity unless the hijacker is completely uninstalled.

How can you get a browser hijacker installed on your PC (without even knowing it)?

Sneaking inside your PC in a stealthy way and hiding deep inside the system is the last thing you could expect from browser hijackers. These pieces of software are not viruses, and cannot infect you like a piece malware would. However, they can trick you into installing them if you don’t pay close attention when you need to. For instance, they may often get your indirect agreement to get installed when you are about to install a given software bundle or an automatic installation package, within which they may be bundled. Such packs could be found mostly in different torrent sites, free download platforms, shareware sites, spam messages or online installation managers.  That’s why, the best way to prevent browser hijackers from becoming part of your system along with some other software is to carefully read the EULA of every new setup that you intend to install on your PC and select the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation options instead of the Quick/Automatic ones.


Name Virus Pop up
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Ads interruptions, page-redirects, potentially unwanted browser changes.
Distribution Method Mostly found in software bundles, free download links, ads, spam, torrents, freeware or shareware sites, email attachments.
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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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