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Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE) Dec. 2018 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.

A new ad-generating and page-redirecting piece of software has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. The application is called “Virus”and could become part of your system in a number of ways if you are not careful. If you are have this piece on your PC and you have been getting bombarded by its never-ending stream of ads, pop-ups, page-redirects and banners, then it might be relieving to know that the security experts do not classify it as some nasty virus the rank of Ransomware or Trojans. Instead, is seen as a browser hijacker that has the purpose of generating profits for its creators from pay-per-click ads and sponsored page-redirects. In order to do its advertising job more effectively, “Virus” typically make changes to the users’ default browser (it could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.) and a new homepage, search engine, a promoted toolbar or some other add-ons and buttons, without asking for approval. “Virus”

You can easily notice these changes right away because they appear the very moment you open your browser.  Luckily, there is a relatively easy and risk-free way to uninstall the unwanted toolbars and components and to remove the nagging ads once and for all. In fact, in the next paragraph, we have prepared a detailed removal guide and a dedicated “Virus” removal tool, which could help even a non-experienced computer user get rid of the browser hijacker and its disturbance. Take a look at them and, in case that you have questions, do not hesitate to leave us a comment in the comments section at the end.

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).



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!

Can harm your PC in a serious way?

To your relief, the way that Browser hijacker-based applications behave is not illegal and does not pose a direct danger to the system. Unlike real threats such as Trojans, Ransomware, and similar nasty viruses which are clearly created to cause harm, pieces of software like are unlikely to affect anything else on your machine except your default browser. In most of the cases, the users consider their activity as very annoying because the constant ad-generation and page-redirects can greatly disturb their normal browsing experience and can expose them to aggressive offers, links, and websites that they didn’t have any intention to interact with. Some people get irritated by the endless flow of ads that spam their screen the very moment they open their browser, while others fear that they may click on something malicious and land on insecure web locations. This explains why so many users are looking for safe and reliable methods of removing the hijacker and uninstalling its page-redirecting components from their computers. However, few people pay attention when it comes to browser hijacker installation prevention because they usually perform careless installations of software bundles and different free installers or download pirated software without. Be sure not to do this as it is how applications like may end up on your machine.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser may constantly flood your screen with nagging ads and automatic page-redirects. 
Distribution Method Free software installers, program bundles, spam, ad-supported websites, torrents, email attachments. 
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