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

A number of people have recently been affected by a browser app called This application is commonly distributed in a package with various free applications, updates, torrents and software bundles so it is no surprise that there are so many users who have found it on their computer as a result from the installation of another software package.

No matter how attractive may look, however, this application typically has little to no benefit for the people who have it on their PCs as it tends to create a lot of browsing irritation through its ads and endless page-redirects.

For instance, once it becomes part of the system, it may automatically replace the homepage or set a new search engine service to the main browser (it could happen on Chrome, Opera, Firefox and so on). As a typical browser hijacker, may also show tons of pop-up ads during your regular browsing sessions and may prompt you to click on different links, page-redirect offers and intrusive banners. If you have landed on this page because you are already experiencing such activities, our advice is to be careful around the newly installed components and the randomly generated adverts because there is no guarantee that they are all safe and reliable. If you happen to accidentally click on a misleading ad or the hijacker redirects you to some unfamiliar web location, you may come across security hazards and nasty infections such as Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses.

The best way to avoid such an encounter is to remove and uninstall all of its related components. That’s why, in the removal guide below, we will show you the exact steps that you need to follow in order to safely get rid of the browser hijacker and its potentially unwanted activities. can be removed either manually or automatically, but the security experts recommend using the second option if you have never dealt with a browser hijacker before. Otherwise, you may accidentally fail to delete all the data related to the hijacker such as the browser helper objects which may have been installed in the system along with the ad-generating application.

What issues may cause if it remains on your system? is not a virus or a representative of any malware category. That’s why the application is unlikely to cause any permanent damage to your system or corrupt your files like a Ransomware or a Trojan horse virus. Yet, you should be careful with the components and the content generated by this application because, as we said above, you never know where they may redirect you to. It is very clear that the main purpose of this browser hijacker is to earn profits from sponsored ads and links that can be found on the homepage as well as in the search results. Therefore, what you could expect from it is to constantly get prompted to visit some third-party websites and offers during your regular web surfing. Apart from this, you may experience browser unresponsiveness, modified search results, sluggishness and sudden crashes, which may further direct you towards the decision to uninstall the browser hijacker.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The typical symptoms may include aggressive generation of ads, homepage or search engine changes, automatic page-redirects to unfamiliar sites.
Distribution Method Spam and software bundling are common methods of distribution along with torrents, free downloads, automatic installers and ads.
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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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