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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.

In this post, we will take a look at Virus – one of the newest representatives of the so-called called browser hijackers software category. Detecting the presence of this program in your system is not at all difficult. Most often, the first signs are the replacement of the default home page or the main search engine of your browser with a new, completely unfamiliar one. Another thing that gives this software away are the numerous ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored redirect links, which start to appear all over the screen of your main browsing app the very moment Virus becomes part of your system. It doesn’t really matter which browser you use – Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, or some of the other popular browser — they can all get hijacked by such software without your consent. If you want to get rid of the browser hijacker and remove all the annoying ads that come along with it or you are seeking a way to uninstall the changes that have been imposed in your favorite browser, stay with us. In the next paragraphs, we have prepared a special removal guide with detailed manual instructions, as well as a trusted removal tool for automatic assistance.

If you are not a skillful computer user, don’t worry. Virus is not some nasty malware, such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse virus which requires special removal skills. Most web users can effectively deal with such software in a fast and reliable manner if they carefully follow the instructions that we have given. Moreover, you are unlikely to face any lasting negative consequences from the presence of a browser hijacker in your system and, if uninstalled correctly, it should get removed from the system along with all of its browser changes and ads.


What are the hijackers actually doing on your PC?

Even if you know that Virus is not a virus, you are still probably wondering why would it fill your screen with ads and mess with your browser. Indeed, there’s a reason for that and it gets explained by the purpose of the browser hijackers. Such pieces of software are basically created to promote some third-party products, services, tools toolbars, and URLs and to generate profit for their developers on a pay-per-click basis. All of the advertisements that you usually see on your screen are aimed at catching your attention and making you click on certain offers or visit certain sites. From a legal point of view, this is nothing but a form of advertising, which does not pose a direct risk to the system. However, the presence of a piece like Virus inside your browser can be very irritating in the long run as it may constantly redirect you to different ads, offers, banners and sponsored sites and to interrupt your regular browsing with dozens of pop-ups in single browsing session. But this is not the worst thing that can be expected – sometimes, carriers of threats like Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware may get displayed on your screen along with the random advertising content that the hijacker typically generates. And if you are not careful where you click, you may get redirected to such malware before you realize it.


Name Virus
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A change in the default search engine or the main home page may give this program away.
Distribution Method Softwrae bundles, free installers, ads, torrents, free download links, shareware sites, freeware platforms, spam.
Detection Tool Virus Removal

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 Virus 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 Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Virus 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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