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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.

Software components such as are intrusive applications and programs that are primarily programmed to make money from online advertisements. In order to fulfill their task, these apps tend to attach themselves the default browser on the computer and then swarm it with different ads, pop-up messages and redirects to sites that the hijacker is supposed to advertise. To make the whole advertising campaign more effective, the invasive software piece may also attempt to replace the default search engine tool that the browser uses as well as set a new starting page address that would once again more than likely be a site that the hijacker seek to promote. In most cases, browser hijacker/browser redirect applications like are compatible with many different browsers which means that you can likely get such an invasive software in Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge and, in many cases, eve Safari users get targeted by hijackers as well. The only truly effective way of handling all this is by fully getting rid of the intrusive software that is causing the ads to pop-up on the screen. However, the creators of and other similar software don’t really want that to happen which is why they typically make their invasive apps rather difficult to remove through a simple uninstallation. In fact, you are unlikely to actually find an uninstallation button or .exe file for a hijacker such as this one. This doesn’t mean that you are dealing with a virus or an insidious malware program the likes of Trojan Horses, Spyware and Ransomware but it still means that you may not be able to easily get rid of the annoying app – that is, if you don’t get any help. In this regard, we have prepared a set of instructions and posted them below that we advise you to follow if you currently have on your hands and would like to have it removed from the computer. “Virus”

How could a browser hijacker be?

The fact that apps like are not real viruses doesn’t automatically make them safe and reliable software tools. First and foremost, you will probably not get much use out of such an app to begin with, which, in itself, is enough of a reason to remove the app from your computer. There is also the obvious irritation that the ads are likely to bring which is pretty much impossible to ignore if you use your browser on regular basis. Another issue regarding browser hijackers, however, that many seem to forget about, is the fact that these apps may not always show you the most reliable commercial content. The control over the origins of their ads is oftentimes limited or outright lacking and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if any of the redirects, the banners or the pop-ups are actually coming from shady and questionable sites. If you are not careful with a hijacker’s ads, you could easily get your machine exposed to serious software hazards and even scary malware programs like Ransomware cryptoviruses and screen-lockers, Trojan Horse infections, stealthy Spyware and all other kinds of nasty threats.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms you will surely notice are the annoying ads and the browser changes. 
Distribution Method More often than not, app like get distributed with the help of the software bundling technique.
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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