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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 source of browsing disturbance has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. The application which responsible for the irritation is called and it is a representative of the browser hijacker category of potentially unwanted software. This strange application typically integrates with the main browser inside the system (it could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer as well as others) and sets a new search engine tool or a sponsored homepage domain, which automatically start to page-redirect your searches to different sponsored sites, ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs. As a result of that, every time you open your main browsing program, you may start to experience aggressive exposure to hundreds of sponsored commercials of all kinds, regardless of the adverts-blocking tools and features that you may have installed. The continuous pop-up advertisements which may generate may slow down the performance of your PC and may cause issues like sudden browser crashes, unresponsiveness and freezing of the screen, which may seriously interrupt your normal browsing activity. Despite the rather irritating effects of the browser hijacker inside your system, however, we still need to mention that this is not the most hazardous and troublesome piece of software that you may encounter. In fact, compared to commonly-encountered malicious applications such as Ransomware, Trojans and other nasty viruses, is more or less harmless. It cannot encrypt your data, blackmail you or corrupt vital system files. Still, if the homepage of your browser gets its address replaced with some obscure ad-generating page that and if the web pages that you visit constantly get covered with pop-up ads, then you may be interested in learning how to remove those nagging ads and how to uninstall the browser changes. That’s why we suggest you take a look at the instructions that follow and use the manual removal guide or the automatic removal tool to quickly deal with and its associated activities.

How to remove is not a nasty computer infection but its presence on the system might be highly undesirable. As most browser hijackers, this application is aimed at earning revenue for its creators from sponsored ad-generation, page-redirects from and aggressive pay-per-click commercials. That’s why what you should expect from it is to constantly prompt you to click on various paid advertisements and to show lots of sponsored search results on your screen during your regular browsing sessions. If you don’t want to deal with this activity, the best way to stop it is to remove the browser hijacker that is initiating it.  The successful uninstallation of this software, however, typically requires some specific steps because, unlike most computer programs, the browser hijackers do not normally have an uninstallation kit and cannot be found under the Control Panel program uninstallation settings. That’s why, in order to remove them and get rid of all the associated files, you may need to go through various manual removal steps. Professional removal tools such as the one that you will find in the removal guide above, may also help you eliminate the unwanted software. Such tools are great options for detecting and removing browser hijackers and can also scan your system for other unwanted pieces of software, including viruses and malware like Trojans, Rootkits and Spyware.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browsing may constantly get interrupted by sponsored advertisements and page-redirects.
Distribution Method  Common sources of browser hijackers could be different free software bundles, torrents, spam, free downloads and ads.
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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).



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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