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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) March 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.

Maybe the browser hijackers like “Virus” are not as dangerous as Trojans and can’t block the access to your data as Ransomware cryptoviruses but there is no doubt that these apps are still rather unwanted and if you have already had “Virus” installed on your computer, you probably know what we mean by that. Endless ad generation inside the browser, frequent and obstructive redirects to different promotional and marketing pages that always seek to sell you stuff as well as replacements of the search engine service, the new-tab page and the homepage addresses that your browser had as its default ones. Also, it should be mentioned that, just like most other hijackers, is not a browser-specific app, meaning that you can get it on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and maybe even on Safari. All in all, even if the browser hijackers aren’t exactly viruses, they are still most definitely software that most users would find highly intrusive, irritating and unpleasant to have on their computers. Luckily, in case you need help with the uninstallation of “Virus”, you can find it inside the guide for removing that we have provided our readers with within the current write-up. We’ve also added a removal tool for automatic assistance in case you need the extra help since the manual instructions from the guide may not be for everyone. What we mean by that is some users may find the guide a bit too advanced and may prefer an automatic way of removing the hijacker instead of manually trying to uninstall its components from their computer and browser. Whatever the method that you choose, just remember that it really is better to eliminate the hijacker as soon as possible in order to stop its invasive activities in your browser as this is the only guaranteed way you could do that. “Virus”

Make sure not to “touch” any of the ads

User who have been browsing the Internet for some time and have experience with their browser should know that not all requests, colorful ads and random pop-ups that show on their screen while on the Internet are safe and reliable. In fact, many of the online commercial messages that may get shown inside your browsers may actually be hazardous and may even lead to the infection of your machine with some nasty Trojan or maybe a cryptovirus of the infamous Ransomware family. Of course, such ads are rarity, however, the problem with browser hijackers is that if you have one such software component in your browser, the number of online ads you see would be quite significant and the chances of getting ads that are unsafe would drastically increase. Therefore, what we recommend is that you keep your distance from the commercial messages that shows you and use our guide to rid your browser of the annoying application so that it bothers you no more. This really is the best thing you can do in such a situation so we advise you to waste n time and uninstall the hijacker at once!


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  It’s not difficult to spot a hijacker – as soon as the ads start popping-up, you’d know it’s there.
Distribution Method You could land such software through web ads, software installers, spam messages as well as through other ways.
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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