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Remove Virus (Oct. 2019 Update)

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A number of web users have recently reported that their web browsing experience has been disturbed by some unwanted notifications, ads, banners, pop-ups, and automatic page-redirects. The source of these notifications seems to be a program called Virus. This program is an application that easily can integrate with popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others, and typically alters their settings in favor of some sponsored toolbars, components and shortcuts to different sites. Due to this behavior, is considered to be a Browser Hijacker. If you don’t know what a Browser Hijacker is but you want to get rid of its imposed search engines, homepage URLs and ads and remove it from your computer permanently, stay with us. On this page, we will show you how to uninstall the potentially unwanted program and will explain to you how to protect yourself in the future.

Is Guce Advertising Browser Redirect a threat to your computer? Virus

The Virus will redirect your searches and display Pop-up ads.

Browser Hijackers are not some nasty malicious programs and do not have the harmful abilities of threats like Trojans, Ransomware or Viruses. Yet, it is advisable to treat them with caution as the sponsored ads they display may lead you to download potentially unwanted programs, disturb your browsing experience, and even lead to the potential exposure to insecure web locations via automatic page-redirects., in particular, is an online marketing tool used for aggressive online promotion that is actively spreading through software bundling, free downloads, browser add-ons, ads, and shareware. That’s why it’s not surprising that some of the web users who have landed their browser with it mistake it for a virus and do not recall having downloaded it.

Immediately after becoming part of the system, however, the Hijacker integrates with the main browser and may install a new search engine or a toolbar, or to start redirecting you to a new homepage URL without your approval. As a result, gets an opportunity to start displaying sponsored messages on your screen. Their goal is to redirect you to certain web pages and earn money via pay-per-click.

If you have not encountered such a Browser Hijacker until now, we advise you to follow the instructions provided at the end of the article to safely remove this potentially unwanted program. The main reason we recommend you this is because the main danger associated with the pop-up ads and redirects is that they may take you to potentially unwanted or insecure web pages. Sadly, most of the marketers who create Browser Hijackers and use the pay-per-click payment scheme do not closely monitor all the ads before adding their links. As a result, you may be redirected to a web page containing real malware, including Ransomware or Trojans, without knowing it.

That’s why, although apps like or may seem safe and secure and are not a direct threat to your system, you should be very careful with them and the content they generate. We advise you to uninstall those programs from your computer, especially if they have infiltrated you without your consent. If you cannot do this manually with the help of the Removal Guide below, choose the easiest way to scan your computer with an updated removal tool and remove everything reported as unsafe.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may start to spam you with different ads, pop-ups and sponsored page-redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, ads, free downloads, shareware sites, freeware platforms.
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).



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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