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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

The nagging ads generated by software apps the likes of “Virus” are sure to bring frustration to anyone who gets to experience them in their browser. Unfortunately, “Virus” and the other representatives of the same software category (called browser hijackers) are a very commonly encountered software annoyances and many users do not actually know how to properly deal with them. At the same time, pretty much everyone who gets to face such an app in their system is willing to remove the hijacker at once because the nagging application would normally make the Internet browsing of the user quite unpleasant. Such apps can spam you with ads, redirect your searchers to unknown pages, replace the browser’s search engine or its homepage address and cause many other forms of browsing disturbance. The people most affected by these types of apps are the ones who use Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other similar popular browsing programs since these browsers are the main targets of the browser hijackers “Virus”

.Another problem with apps like “Virus” is that they are quite difficult to properly remove from a computer. You may try to remove the app from the Control Panel on your computer or from the extensions menu in the browser but that would oftentimes not be enough. It’s highly likely that even after you’ve seemingly uninstalled the hijacker, the nagging app comes back to bother you the very next instance you open your browser. This is why we have written this write-up – to help our readers who may have in their browsers successfully uninstall and remove the invasive software from their computers so that it is no longer able to spam their screens with annoying advertising contents and tinker with the settings of their browser. The information and instructions that you may need in order to remove can be found in the removal guide right below.

Don’t procrastinate the hijacker’s removal

The reason we say that has to do with the unreliable nature of these apps. While they are certainly not as dangerous as problematic viruses and malware programs like Ransomware, Spyware and Trojans, they are still not to be trusted, particularly due to the nature of the ads that they may show on your screen. It’s well known that online ads can be dangerous if their source is some sketchy and obscure website and even though won’t purposefully show you hazardous commercial content, it is still not impossible that some of its advertisements may be linked to sketchy online locations that you shouldn’t be visiting. You certainly don’t want to get some nasty Trojan or a malicious Ransomware cryptovirus on your computer and for that reason we once again need to remind you that it is important to act quickly and eliminate the ad-generating software from your machine. The guide above contains all the instructions and details you may need in order to safely remove the annoying app and bring your browsing program to its normal state.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Invasive web messages and ads as well as unauthorized changes to different components of the browser. 
Distribution Method Pirated or low-quality software installers, misleading update prompts, spam, software bundling, etc.
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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