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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.

If you have an application software called inside your computer, then it wouldn’t be surprising if you are experiencing advertising interruptions inside your browser during the time you are surfing the Internet. After all, the main goal of most apps like is to make revenue through different forms of Internet advertising and marketing. The problem is that the way they achieve this could, and usually is, quite aggressive and unpleasant to the end user. For example, if your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or another browsing program on your computer gets attached to it, it’s search engine is likely to get replaced with some unknown one and the same would probably happen to its homepage and new-tab page URLs. In addition to this, the invasive software may start to redirect your searches and initiate automatic page-redirects to different web locations without you having clicked on anything that should normally trigger such a redirect. Nagging ads, invasive pop-ups and pesky screen-wide banners and new-tabs may also disrupt your use of the browser. An, of course, this is all done for the sake of higher profits from the various forms of ads that such software pieces subject their customers to. Usually, the term “browser hijacker” is used to refer to this form of software and though it may sound scary and make some users think of these apps as scary Ransomware or Trojan Horse viruses, the truth is that there is much less danger in having a hijacker in your computer than it is in actually getting your system infected by some actual virus program. Nonetheless, it is still unpleasant to find your browser infiltrated and modified by a hijacker app which is why we believe that the best way to handle this situation is to uninstall the unwanted browser component and remove any changes it may have made to the browser.

There may still be certain dangers!

Despite not being a virus or something similar to a Ransomware or a Spyware infection, apps the likes of “Virus” are usually not to be trusted. Their main goal is to present you with as many ads as possible and in order to achieve it, they may actually generate and show on your screen some rather unreliable online offers, links, pop-ups and banners. In many cases, you may see advertising messages in your browser that only seem to represent some interesting offers, while in reality are redirects to sketchy and unreliable pages. Though somewhat unlikely, it’s even possible that you may end up visiting a site that has Ransomware, Worms, Rootkits and Trojans hidden in it if you are not careful and interact with the wrong piece of advertisement generated by a hijacker. And since you certainly do not want any of that to happen, we strongly recommend that you take the necessary actions and rid your system of the invasive hijacker so that the risk of landing on some hazardous web address would be decreased. If you have any questions regarding and its removal that have been left unanswered by this article and the guide added to it, you can always ask them in the comments section under this post.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If the ads in your browser follow you on every page you visit, then you likely have a hijacker on your hands.
Distribution Method The method that is most commonly associated with the distribution of such apps is the so-called software-bundling.
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).

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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 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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