Remove Virus From Chrome/Firefox/IE

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This article aims to help users remove virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

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If you are reading this article then it’s likely you’ve already identified virus as a virus application. Yes, it is one and it is part of a whole family of viruses named Adware. This viruses specialize in creating large amounts of Advertisements and they flood your browser with the Ads regardless of whether you want it or not. The only way to stop the process is to remove virus, but this can be a lot trickier then it sounds.

Method of infection

In order to remove virus you first need to learn how it got in. This knowledge is valuable, because other viruses use the same pattern and if you are able to recognize it you will also be able to identify the viruses before they get installed on your computer.

The sad truth is that relatively few viruses target system vulnerabilities of the computer, over which the user has no control. The majority prefer to rely on deception and misdirection and they try to trick the human into unwillingly giving them access. All kinds of traps and baits can be encountered and new ones are created every day, but we’ll list those who’ve proven to be the most successful one over the years.

  • Error messages that appear to be related to the health of your PC. Usually involve missing plug-ins/video players/codecs supposedly required for your computer to be able to view media online
  • “Free online scans” that warn you of serious problems with your computer – things like virus infestations, registry errors. These things offer to fix the problem for free if you install them. These are either virus applications or bloatware that demands payment to fix the problem, but it only cleans the error messages it began generating in the first place
  • Torrent and online storage sites that auto-generate files with names that match your search queries. Please note that these files will always have the .exe extension and are very easy to spot if you pay attention. Also this involves bait&switch tactics showing multiple download buttons on the screen where only one is real and the rest download viruses.
  • Emails with attached files. There are even viruses capable of sending emails from the mailboxes of your friends that have already been infected. As above pay attention to the extension of the file – viruses will be executable files.
  • Installers for free programs or even retail programs not obtained from the official source. The installer will install the main program, but will also install something else alongside. Always try to use “Advanced” installation, because it can usually show what else is getting installed and you can deny it access, while still obtaining the main program you are after.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

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Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


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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Removing virus from your internet browsers is one of the most important steps in this guide. After you entered Safe Mode in Step 1 you now need to perform the steps explained in Step 2 and Step 3 for each and every internet browser currently installed on your computer. Don’t skip any of them – even if you are not really using a browser you still have to clean it. Otherwise you run the risk that the virus will copy itself and reinfect everything that was just cleaned the next time you reboot your computer.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Virus From Firefox virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Remove Virus From Chrome

 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

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If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


The following steps are both difficult and dangerous, but they will ensure that no trace remains of virus. Read the instructions carefully as doing this wrong could damage your OS or other programs, cause data loss and instability. If you are not feeling comfortable with such a risk instead you can download the professional virus removal program we recommend. Not only will it clean the virus for you, but you can also use the in-built scanner to search your computer for other viruses that may have been installed on your machine. There are some really nasty viruses that remain invisible to the naked eye until it is too late to do anything about them and an automated scan is your best bet.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random


We discovered an additional string you should delete in regedit :

  • HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsregedit.exe

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STEP 7 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.

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