Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)

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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.

The browser hijackers are a notorious category of software that is widely-known for being used in aggressive online advertising campaigns which is the main reason why most users are very reserved towards such apps. And this is totally understandable – if you have come to our site seeking help for the removal of such an app from your browser (Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or another browser), then you have likely already faced the unwanted consequences of getting a hijacker installed in the computer. Such apps can be extremely invasive with all the added changes to the browser that they may be programmed to enforce as well as with the endless stream of commercial messages, ads, banners and page-redirects.

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Some of the possible things that may get modified in your browser without your permission is the default search engine service that you normally use, the starting page address of your browser and also the toolbar settings and buttons. In some cases, those changes may seem like they have been introduced to the browser in order to improve your Internet experience in one way or another or to make it safer. The truth, however, is that the new search engine added by the hijacker or the new homepage you now have to see every time you open your browser are mainly there to help the pesky app with its advertising activities. Because of this, we do not advise you to keep an app of this category in your computer – it will likely not help you in any way and will probably only irritate you with its presence. Case in point, the invasive software piece is an add-on like application for popular browsers the likes of Firefox and Google Chrome which many people have complained about. If you have it in your browser as well, you may want to look at the manual uninstallation steps below or may be use the recommended security tool and use them to remove and, in this way, clean your browser.

Some things you need to know about the hijacker

Aside from being invasive and irritating, apps like could also hide certain risks for your system. This app is definitely not as scary as a Ransomware and will probably not mess with the health of your system like a Trojan Horse would but it is, at the same time, a software tool responsible for an uncontrolled generation of different advertisements on the screens of the users. Though the ads should mostly be coming from reliable or, at the very least, harmless sources, the very fact that you have no way of knowing whether or not that is true means that you shouldn’t be overly trusting of the activities of Because of that, what we would advise you to do is take a careful look at the guide we’ve included here and use the manual steps and/or the added removal software to uninstall and, by doing so, make your computer less likely to get targeted by Ransomware, Rootkits or insidious Trojan Horse infections.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most noticeable symptoms are the invasive ads and the unwelcome changes in the browser.
Distribution Method The typical methods used to spread hijackers are the software bundling and the spam message campaigns.
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

Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)

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. 

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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:

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

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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.

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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” (April 2020 Update)

Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update) —–> Manage Add-ons.

Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Virus” (April 2020 Update)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!


About the author


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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