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Remove “Virus” Redirect (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2019 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. “Virus” is yet another annoying page-redirecting and ad-generating application that falls under the category of the browser hijackers. Created by a group of software developers, “Virus” aims to generate web traffic and make more money for third-parties via clicks on sponsored ads and pay-per-click links. Such software may often redirect the users to different predefined partnering websites, sales platforms, new tabs, banners, and offers and force them to click on certain links in order to generate income for its developers. It is also very common for such a browser hijacker to install some new toolbars, homepage domains and search engine tools to the users’ default browser in order to manipulate their search results and to easily expose them to the sponsored promotional content. Typically, “Virus” can get installed onto popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, but users of other browsers may also encounter the irritation caused by this application.

Luckily, as intrusive as it is, this software does not contain malicious code typical for threats like Trojans, Ransomware or other computer viruses and most of the users can easily remove it from the system without any negative consequences. The browser hijacker is mainly identified as an ad-supported advertising software, which delivers an endless stream or unstoppable ads, deals, banners, discounts, promo codes, in-text ads and other commercial messages on the screen. It may disturb the users’ browsing session on a regular basis but it certainly cannot corrupt any data or harm the computer in a serious way. Still, it is not advisable to trust everything that an application like “Virus” may display on your monitor because there is no guarantee that you will not bump into some infected ads, or malicious websites during the random page redirects. That’s why, in the next lines, we will show you how to uninstall the annoying application and remove its disturbing messages in a safe and reliable manner. Just take a look at the instructions in the removal guide below and follow them as shown.

Remove “Virus” Redirect

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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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

Methods through which may “infect” your browser

The browser hijackers are applications which can often become part of the system via methods like software bundling and through automatic installations or updates. They are also usually included as free or bonus third-party applications and add-ons that promise to provide some free functionality to the users and most commonly get installed by default on the user’s Computer along with the main program that the customers want. In order to remove a hijacker from the setup, the experts highly recommend the use of the Custom/Advanced installation option when such an option is available and to carefully read through all the small text and pre-selected agreements. Paying attention during the installations is also a good method to check for hidden threats like viruses, Trojans or Ransomware transmitters and keep them away.

Annoying traits related to browser hijackers

If, somehow, your browser has been invaded by a browser hijacker like, then you are very likely to suffer from several annoying issues until you fully uninstall it. Some of the most visible irritating effects of such a piece of software are:

  • Modifications in the user’s default search engine, homepage, bookmarks, new tab pages, browser settings etc.
  • Automatic redirects to suspicious or dangerous third-party sites.
  • An endless and  highly irritating stream of ads.
  • Browser sluggishness, unresponsiveness, and freezing of the screen.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice modifications in your default search engine, new toolbars, homepage domain settings and automatic page-redirects. 
Distribution Method Mainly distributed in a bundle with free programs, browser add-ons and automatic installers, but also found in freeware platforms, ad-supported pages and free download links, spam.
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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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