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Remove Redirect “Virus” (Chrome/Safari/FF/IE) July 2019 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

When you do a normal search on a new tab or tab, the Google search system does not appear, but rather a

The existence of inside your system is probably the reason behind the barrage of unwanted pop-up windows or browser redirects, which you have been suffering from as of late. “Virus” is an untrusted search tool and redirects the browser and makes unnecessary changes to it.This category of software is known as browser hijackers and the main goal of apps like these is advertisement. Numerous browser hijacker programs are actually included in other software, software that may be useful. However, any kind of application which has excessive amounts of advertisements integrated in it is often recognised as a browser hijacker. Usually, when the annoyance of the Ads exceeds the perks from using the program, you can say you have an browser hijacker problem. The quick removal of this annoyance is the best course of action and the easiest way to stop the ads.

Viruses, hijackers and the difference between them

The main function of almost all browser hijacker programs is to display countless varieties of online commercials. The browser hijacker software utilizes a revenue-earning system labeled pay-per-click. Therefore, for every single click the commercials draw, the browser hijacker developer gets income. The browser hijacker is programmed in such a way so that it links the banners to different businesses that it’s supposed to promote. Each time a certain business’ products get promoted by the hijacker, the owners of the said business pay a small fee to the hijacker’s creators.

It should be pointed out, though, that, more often than not, the browser hijacker programs are legitimate in the face of the law. Actually, countless software creators use browser hijackers to promote their main products (and to also make a little extra income on the side). The browser hijackers are quite aggressive when showing their ads. The more aggressive types of browser hijacker can cover your computer screen with Ads and prevent you from using the computer up until you click on at least one of the adverts. This may even seem like a virus infection to someone who is not really acquainted with the nature of the browser hijacker apps. Despite their invasive nature, however, software applications of the browser hijacker category differ from dangerous software like viruses or malware. In contrast to real viruses such as Ransomware or Trojan Horses, the browser hijackers are, for the most part, just an unwanted programs that are simply irritating to have in your system. The intent behind and other browser hijacker applications basically is to feed all sorts of annoying pop-up ads to your screen that tend to greatly hamper your browsing experience. It’s usually done through installing an added component in your internet browser that could be something like a toolbar where pop-ups, ads, and banners appear. Now, you could be curious about why would someone flood your browser with all those annoying advertisements Well, it is all related to the virtual marketing industry where there’s a huge amount of money involved. Remember that many free software applications employ ads to support themselves. The browser hijacker simply take this behaviour to a new level of aggravation and invasiveness.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.
Distribution Method The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.
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Remove Redirect “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


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.


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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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 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 from Firefox:

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

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


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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