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The “Virus” will display Pop-up windows asking for permission for Push notfications.

Hundreds of banners and aggressive ads pop-up on your screen the moment you open your browser? If this is what has been happening with you lately, “Virus”  might be held accountable for that activity. The main reason why you are experiencing this intrusive ad-generation is that this invasive Browser Hijacker has incorporated itself inside the computer and especially your browser. PC experts are well acquainted of those types of applications and usually, refer to them as potentially unwanted applications. In this article, we will provide you with more information about their nature, and will also equip you with a detailed removal guide, which will enable you to take care of the annoying software.To be able to properly get rid of a Browser Hijacker program such as or you’ll need at least a basic understanding of what precisely this type of software is capable of.

The Virus

The Virus may be used for any software made to spam a multitude of adverts on the user’s screen. The Virus employ a selection of practices to successfully promote different third-party banners, sponsored redirects, pop-ups, and pop-unders.

They typically install an ad-generating component inside the main browser or replace its homepage and/or search engine with some sponsored one. The main reason why those invasive programs are so problematic is that they have a tendency to seriously disturb your browsing experience. Probably none of this should be surprising because, let’s be honest, the goal of apps like is to earn some money every time you click on the displayed Ads. Thanks to methods like pay-per-click, the creators can earn a small amount in revenue every time the users click on any of the prompted messages. Unfortunately, in its attempts to promote more and to earn more, the Hijacker could be very aggressive when displaying advertisements. It’s likely that you’d be unable to use your browser due to the constant flow of pop-ups, box-messages, and banners.  Handling this unpleasant activity is usually quite annoying. However, it is inaccurate to label Hijackers  like Pop-up as some malicious viruses because they are not.

 You can easily determine if a program is harmful by checking its behavior and how it interacts with the data in your system. A real virus or a piece of malware, such as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware would usually have fatal consequences for your PC. They can mess with your data, delete important files or software, blackmail you and much more. As you have probably already identified, the primary aim of programs like “Virus” is to display adverts to the user’s screens, which is not something that can harm your computer directly. Yet, despite not being an actual malicious software, the Browser Hijackers can still serve as a portal for high-risk cyber-threats, such as Trojan Horses or Ransomware because the ads and the links they display may sometimes contain malicious scripts. This is the reason why interacting with the Adverts generated by such software is a bad idea – you simply cannot know where you’ll be redirected to. Malicious sites are a very real danger and, in some of the cases, and similar Hijacker applications may display adverts that work as a link to such sites.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser Hijackers typically spam the screen with various sponsored ads and make changes in the browser’s settings.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method of distribution for those programs along with ads, torrents and spam.
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Remove “Virus” Pop-up

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.

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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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