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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.

Instructions for "Virus" removal

The “Virus” will try to trick you into subscribing to it’s Push notifications, do not allow them or you will be spammed with Pop-up ads.

What exactly is “Virus”?

The Browser Hijackers are notorious for the annoyance that they cause to the users who have them attached to their browser and there is a good reason why they are seen as undesirable. However, there are also a lot of misconceptions about them that confuse a lot of users. For example, a browser hijacker is more similar to browser extension than to an actual virus, to a Trojan, or to a Ransomware. In fact, the browser hijackers are oftentimes pretty harmless in and of themselves. They are software components that can get added to Chrome, Safari, Firefox and other similar browsers and a lot of users may even think of them as legitimate browser extensions. However, there is one main difference and that difference is the fact that a hijacker may introduce unwelcome changes in the homepage or search engine as well as trigger annoying page-redirects., for example, is what you may see set as your new homepage or search engine if you have had a hijacker installed in your browser. This is actually the hijacker-imposed page that we will be talking in this post. If you see anything related to “Virus” in your browser, then you most definitely have the hijacker responsible for its promotion in your browser and you need to find a way to remove it. Now, unlike regular add-ons and browser extensions, the hijackers aren’t so easily removed. After all, their main goal is to promote stuff on yours screen, during your browsing time, and the longer they are able to stay inside the browser, the more effective their advertising would be. This is why the creators of most hijackers tend to go out of their way just so that they could make their products as difficult to uninstall as possible. And while a hijacker, such as the or isn’t really a virus as we already mentioned, it is definitely an annoyance that you may find difficult to remove from your browser. The good news is that with the help of the instructions included in our “Virus” removal guide below, you should be able to remove the hijacker and then easily get rid of the imposed homepage, new toolbar buttons, search engine and any other unwanted browser additions that the hijacker may have brought with it.

Is dangerous to Chrome?

One of the main targets of most malware threats is the web browser of the user. The browser is, after all, the computer’s gateway to the Internet, the intermediate between your system and the World Wide Web. This is why it is so essential to keep the browser clean from any obscure and questionable applications, extensions, buttons, homepages and other elements that may reduce its levels of security. A hijacker is definitely one such element that, while not harmful on its own, may definitely make your browser less safe then it should be, and this, in turn, could lead to attacks from Ransomware, Worms, Spyware and all other kinds of devastating malware programs. Therefore, the next time you are about to install some new program, take a look at the optional clauses in it and uncheck anything that may allow the installation of a new search engine, toolbar or homepage, or the addition of some element to your browser – such file-bundling is the most common method used for hijacker distribution and you should always be on the lookout for it.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers oftentimes replace the starting page of the browser or add a new search engine in the toolbar without the user’s permission. 
Distribution Method The file-bundling method is what typically allows hijackers to get installed inside so many computers.
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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).



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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