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Remove Search Engine virus “Virus” (July 2019 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.

If you have recently opened your browsing program and have been greeted by a totally new homepage, different from the one that you had set as the default in your browser and if all of a sudden different nagging ads have started to disrupt your online sessions, then it would be safe to assume that you have a browser hijacker in your system. Another typical sign that this is indeed the case is if your search engine tool or some of the toolbar buttons have gotten replaced without you having given your permission for any of that to happen.

In most cases, a browser hijacker app should be compatible with Chrome, Edge, Firefox and other popular browsers. Once it’s inside of the browser, the user is likely to start experiencing sudden page-redirects and generation of random ads, pop-ups and box messages in addition to the unwelcome browser modifications. If you are currently struggling with an issue like this, know that the best way of handling it is by uninstalling the invasive application that is messing with the settings of your browser. The good news in this case is that the app responsible for the intrusiveness is not a virus, neither is it a data-encrypting Ransomware, a sneaky Trojan Horse infection or a nefarious Spyware program. As far as the safety of your machine is concerned, a hijacker is definitely not the worst type of software that you can get in your machine.

What brought you here is probably the “Virus”hijacker

If is indeed the browser hijacker that is currently messing with your browser and not leaving you in peace, then you have come to the right page as the article you are currently reading has been written precisely to help the users with in their machines handle this unpleasant issue. Currently, this is among the newest and also among the most irritating pieces of software that belong to the hijacker family. It’s symptoms are similar to those of other hijackers (changes in the browser, spam with ads, redirects to different sites and pages and so on). The important thing is to not panic at the sight of in your browser. As we said, it is not a malicious program and it’s purpose is different from the purpose of a Trojan, a Spyware or a Ransomware. “Virus”

Though not intended for criminal use, however, an app of the hijacker type is still something you must not be too trustful of. It can oftentimes be risky to interact with its adverts or to explore the sites you may get redirected to by this app. You can’t really know what may be waiting for you on the other side of some obscure banner or pop-up that prompt you to visit a certain site. The offers may indeed be legit and interesting but they may just as easily be linked to sketchy web addresses with hazardous contents. All things considered, it’s best if you don’t allow to mess with your browser any more than it already has and because of this we advise you to use the guide and the removal tool available here and remove the hijacker app with their help.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most users report symptoms such as invasive ads and unwelcome changes in the browser.
Distribution Method Usually, a hijacker would be in a bundle with other programs and get distributed as an added element in the setup package.
Detection Tool


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!


  • This software called Spyhunter is NOT FREE!
    It may scan if you have malware, soyware or other shenanigans
    But it will NOT remove them

    • Nowhere on this page is it stated that it is free. It is explicitly stated that the free version of the tool only offers scanning functionality.

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