Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

The “Virus” will trick you into subscribing to its mailing list.

                                                  Will you allow to send notifications?
                                                               Allow notifications | Not now

Choosing the “Allow notifications” option will spam you with unrelated pop-ups and ads.

Unwelcome and unauthorized changes in the browser can be annoying and they may sometimes seem like an infection with some serious threat like a malware virus or a Ransomware attack. However, in most cases, what’s behind such unexpected changes in the search engine of the browser, in its homepage or toolbar or new-tab page address, is a software piece that got installed in your computer without your knowledge. The said software piece can be referred to as a browser hijacker and it’s job is to add some extra elements to your browser that force your Firefox, Chrome or whatever other program you are using to start promoting certain ads and pages on your screen. One very recent example of this is the hijacker responsible for promoting the page or search engine. If you are frequently getting page-redirected to a page with the “Virus” logo on it or if there is a new search engine in your browser that has that same logo, then you can be pretty sure that you’ve been targeted by this browser hijacker. This is definitely not perfect for you or for your browser and system – while most browser hijackers are not particularly dangerous, they may oftentimes lead to the generation of unreliable advertising materials during your browsing sessions. As you probably know, clicking on random ads with unverified origins while surfing the Internet really isn’t a good idea – it may lead to Trojan Horse infections, Ransomware cryptovirus attacks and more similar issues. Therefore, we definitely advise you to keep away from any ads that this hijacker may show you and also to not use the homepage, search engine or any toolbar buttons that may also be related to it. Usually, the presence of a hijacker in your system is nothing but an aggressive attempt at advertising something, and in this case that something is the “Virus”. Still, there is no real reason to keep the new and unwelcome elements in your browser.

This is, however, where most users tend to struggle. Restoring a browser infiltrated by a hijacker to its previous state may be tricky if you don’t know how to get rid of the software elements responsible for the imposed changes. This is why you will find a guide included below this article that will show you what you need to do and where you need to look in order to locate all data related to the hijacker and responsible for the promotion of inside your browser. Once you go through all the steps from the guide, the unpleasant changes made to your browser should no longer be there and the unpleasant page-redirects and ad disruptions should have stopped. In case you are, for some reason, unable to deal with this issue solely with he help of the guide, the removal tool linked in it can help you to quickly and automatically liberate your computer and browser from the invasive hijacker and bring things back to normal without any risks for the health of your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Any unauthorized or unexpected changes in your browser may be regarded as a hijacker invasion.
Distribution Method Methods that are oftentimes used to spread hijackers are the file-bundling and the malvertising.
Detection Tool

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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

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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. 

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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.

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  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons.

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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