Remove Pop-up “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove Pop-up “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. Removal guide will try to trick you into subscribing for its mailing list.

If your personal computer is flooded with a ton of ads or pop-up windows, banners or some other forms of sponsored commercials, it is very likely that you have installed a program called on your system. This kind of programs are referred to as Browser Hijackers and they are created for a solely commercial purpose. In many cases, such pieces of software are intelligently sneaked along with other software, which may be free or useful, but instead of offering a real functionality they tend to take over your browser with aggressive ads. The moment the disturbance caused by the Ads exceeds the benefits of using the application, you can say you are dealing with a Browser Hijacker. The most efficient method to handle these applications is to get rid of them quickly and, on this page, we will show you how to do that.  

Whenever people encounter pieces like the “Virus” they typically inaccurately believe their device has been attacked by a malicious program. The Browser Hijacker, however, is not a PC virus because it does not share any of the malicious features that typical viruses have. At its worst, such software could perhaps irritate you showing tons of advertisements on your screen, but that is as far as it goes. A real virus, such as a Ransomware, for example, not only can sneak inside people’s machines without being detected but also can make all of their files inaccessible until a ransom is paid for their liberation. Compared to that, a hijacker is more a source of annoyance rather than a real hazardous infection. In fact, a lot of anti-virus programs do not take any action against widely known Hijacker programs for the fact that the latter are allowed by the law. Yet, despite lacking the harmful abilities of a Ransomware, such software should still be removed from the computer with the help of a trusted removal tool or a dedicated removal guide such as the one below.

There are hundreds of Browser Hijackers around the web and the “Virus” is certainly not the only one that you will meet. The essential thing to remember about this type of programs is to never click and explore any of the pop-ups they display. In case you are being spammed with ads related to specific items that you would like or that you’ve bought recently, then this is most likely because the “Virus” has read throughout the registry files, kept in your browser, and has acquired information about your recent Internet searches. Quite a lot of organizations collect data using this method – Google itself is known for doing it – but at least these companies are public and have a popularity to defend against a scandal. Browser Hijacker developers are usually small and unknown, giving them the power to sell and resell the information that they have acquired from you to whoever is interested in paying for it. Another thing to be aware of is that not every advert, displayed by the hijacker, is reliable. The possibility of opening something dangerous is high – you could lose your money on a low-quality product that doesn’t actually work or worse. That’s why it is just better to remove the unwanted program as soon as possible.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different aggressive ads may spam your screen and may redirect you to unfamiliar websites.
Distribution Method Software bundles, ads, free downloads, torrents, automatic updates, shareware sites.
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Remove Pop-up “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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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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