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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.

A browser hijacker is a special piece of software which may alter the settings of most browsers (including ones like Chrome, Firefox, Opera and soon) and may force them to generate an excessive amount of sponsored advertisements and open new pages redirecting the user to them. This type of software usually doesn’t ask for permission from the users to mess with their main browser and typically installs some new toolbars, search engine tools, new new-tab and homepage URLs which tend to redirect the web searches to some third-party websites, promotional platforms and sales offers of various kinds. In most of the cases, the browser hijacker may display aggressive pop-ups, ads, banners and pay-per-click links, which may prompt you to click on some predefined links or landing pages that try to sell something. Browser Redirect is a new addition to the browser hijacker category, which displays the above-described behavior and, on this page, we will focus our attention on its features. If your browser has recently been hijacked by this application but you haven’t dealt with browser hijackers before, you may easily mistake it for some nasty virus infection or a stealthy malware from the rank of Trojans or Ransomware. However, to your relief, this is not the case with Such software cannot cause any major damage to your computer and you shouldn’t panic about it. Still, you can never fully trust all of its sponsored domains, search engines, ads and toolbars because you never know when they may redirect you to some questionable web locations which may put the safety of your computer at risk. That’s why, in the next lines, we will show you how to uninstall the potentially unwanted browser changes that the hijacker may have placed and remove all the irritating ads from your screen so that they never bother you again. All you have to do is carefully follow the instructions in the removal guide below or use the suggested professional removal tool that is available within the instructions.

Another good reason to uninstall the browser hijacker from your computer is because by doing so you will save yourself from some quite irritating issues with your browser such as sluggishness, unresponsiveness and sudden crashes, which may oftentimes be caused by the excessive number of sponsored ads that may get displayed on your screen during your browsing sessions. Such issues are quite common and may become really annoying in the long run which is why it is best to act now and prevent future disturbances. Besides, once you regain the control over your browser settings, you will greatly reduce the risk of bumping into potential virus transmitters or carriers of nasty stealthy threats such as Ransomware and Trojans, which are known to get distributed via misleading online advertisements. For optimal results and fast elimination, we advise you to carefully repeat the steps in the guide above because, sometimes, the uninstallation of the hijacker may be a bit trickier and, if not removed correctly, it may hijack your browser again.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unexpected page-redirects, homepage or search engine changes, aggressive ads exposure.
Distribution Method Typically found as a bonus component inside the installers of other programs, free downloads, shareware sites, 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


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. 


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 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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