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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.

It sure isn’t easy surfing the Internet while your screen is getting bombarded by “You won an iPhone” messages and random advertising banners. It is even more annoying if you get your searches page-redirected to sites other than the site that you’re trying to visit. If these are things that you are struggling with at the moment and if those symptoms are accompanied by changes to the default browser in your computer which may include replaced search engine service or replaced homepage address and toolbar buttons, then you should probably read the rest of this article to learn about the likely culprit of these browsing disruptions.

The name of the software responsible for all this is likely an app named “Virus”. We call it an app because it isn’t a dangerous malware program like Ransomware or Trojans or Rootkits. Instead, this piece of software is more closely related to the browser hijacker/browser redirect family. Usually, any app capable of adding itself to your browser that tries to disrupt your browsing experience with nagging ads, page-redirects and unwelcome changes to the browser is categorized as either a browser hijacker or adware. The main difference is the fact that adware apps are more focused on swarming your screen with adverts while the hijackers also tend to mess with different aspects of the browser in order to turn it into a fully-operational advertising platform through which they could make even more money for their developers. Regardless of what you are going to call it (we are calling it a browser hijacker), one thing is clear – is not a software piece that you’d enjoy having in your computer and for this reason we will help you uninstall it and remove everything related to it from your computer with our removal guide:

There is a reason why you may notice that many people refer to browser hijackers like as viruses and malware. While they aren’t really that problematic and normally cause no lasting issues, it’s important to realize that their presence in your computer could potentially lead to different security hazards. The main thing that should concern you is the page-redirects and the adverts that software like “Virus” is supposed to display on your screen during browsing time. While most of the ads are supposed to be linked to real offers that you may be interested in checking out, it is possible that not all of them would be as they seem. There is a reason why most security experts warn the web users to stay away from sketchy looking adverts as interacting with this sort of online content could lead to infections with Ransomware, Worms and other nasty malware such as Trojan Horses. Also, sometimes you may get redirected to phishing pages that lure you into providing them with your personal details, which could later be used against you in all sorts of nefarious and unpleasant ways. Even the most experienced and watchful of users may get tricked by such web requests and it is therefore better to simply get rid of their potential source while you still can.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The changes to the browser that have been made without the user’s permission are what gives away most hijackers. 
Distribution Method Mostly with the help of installation bundles and various forms of spam.
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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