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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.

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The “Virus” will redirect your browser searches to a page with ads such as these ones. is a recently reported Browser Hijacker that can integrate with browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and other popular browsing programs and can configure their homepage or search engine in such a way that they constantly redirect you to different ads, banners, pop-ups, and sponsored websites.

The app typically prompts the users to use some custom search bar, or some new homepage, and page-redirects them to sites full of offers, sales deals coupons, and free installs. From a legal point of view, “Virus” isn’t illegal like malicious programs such as Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware. However, the owners of this app seem to use some overly-aggressive promotion techniques to attract web traffic and clicks to the links and ads that generate them profits. They frequently use methods such as automatic page-redirects and unstoppable ads generation on the screen of the users in order to make them click on the sponsored messages. Additionally, they also impose some changes in the browser’s settings. Once the users install on their system (usually without even knowing about its installation), they immediately notice the appearance of an unusually high number of pay-per-click ads on their screen, as well as different unfamiliar browser add-ons, toolbars, and plugins that aggressively prompt them to visit some promotional websites or to click on some advertisements. All these are online marketing practices, which are generally not harmful, but they could be very annoying and could affect the overall web browsing experience. Therefore, it is not surprising that a lot of web users seek fast and effective methods to uninstall applications like, or The Goodcaster and to permanently remove their ads. If you are one of them, below you will find a detailed removal guide and a special automatic removal tool for quick and safe elimination.

How are Browser Hijackers distributed and how to avoid them?

Applications, which automatically redirect to third-party websites and fill the screen with sponsored ads, are usually distributed alongside free programs downloaded from the Internet. They can usually be found in a bundle with free add-ons or applications, torrents, and different automatic installers, as well as in spam messages, and in ads. To prevent them from becoming part of your system, always pay attention to each step in the installation of free programs and uncheck the boxes that ask your approval to modify the homepage or the default search engine.

Another tip to prevent the installation of this advertising software that alters the configuration of browsers is to give special attention to the download sources that you use. Always chose the official developer’s site or other reliable sources and stay away from sketchy platforms and cracked programs, as these could be transmitters of nasty viruses, Ransomware, and other malware. Currently, most freeware download websites use download clients that trick users into installing promoted browser add-ons, Browser Hijackers, Adware, and similar applications along with the free program of choice, often offering it as a “bonus”. However, almost never do these browser extensions really benefit the user in any way; on the contrary, they cause browser redirects and launch annoying ads. Therefore, when installing any free program, you are advised to select the “customized” or “advanced” installation options – this step will show if there is any hidden advertising software in there. Those users who have already installed “Virus” and want to permanently remove it can follow the instructions in the removal guide below to safely uninstall the browser hijacker from their system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may start to experience automatic page-redirects to different pages, as well as aggressive ads generation all over your screen.
Distribution Method Some of the most common distribution methods include software bundling, ads, torrents, spam and free download sites.
Detection Tool

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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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.

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  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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Remove Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

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Open Firefoxclick  Remove Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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