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Remove “Virus” Pop-up (Chrome/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove the “Virus” Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

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Stubborn ads which will continue popping up while you are surfing the Internet can be a quite annoying subject. Getting spammed all over the place in a variety of designs, colors and shapes, they can easily take control of your monitor and interrupt your regular browsing. It is, therefore, not difficult to see why you’d decide to remove all those pop-ups as soon as possible. Most often, what is causing this bothersome issue is a tool named the “Virus”. Thankfully, in this post, we’re going to provide you with everything you need as a way to easily take care of this sort of invasive application., Browser Hijackers and Viruses

Whenever people see a Browser Hijacker, they usually mistakenly believe their computer has become a victim of a malicious infection. Computer viruses are destructive by design – they do not display advertising materials – they will gain access to the user’s data, spy or engage in various other harmful activities. Ransomware is a type of destructive type of computer viruses we could give you as a possible example. It will lock all personal files in a computer and blackmail its user for ransom money for their restoration. The point we are trying to make is that, as opposed to a pc virus, a Browser Hijacker is more of an irritation rather than anything hazardous and, through the application of the correct guide, it can be removed without any issues. We outlined the distinction between malicious programs and Browser Hijackers in order to calm you down but none of this should make you think that the “Virus” shouldn’t be uninstalled. This is, naturally, a removal guide. One especially irritating and worrisome fact that we need to add is here is that the majority of Browser Hijacker programs are legal regardless of how tough they could be to eliminate or how nagging the Ads they create happen to be.

The Safety of your Computer is in your hands

You’ll often find Browser Hijacker applications bundled with other software – a distribution method known as software bundling. This technique for spreading Browser Hijackers is among the most efficient ones. Such bundles can be downloaded via torrents or some questionable download websites. Many people regard this as some kind of stealth installation. It is possible to, however, check if and what software has been combined with the installation files of any new software that you download by utilizing the custom installation alternative when trying to install a new application. What users normally do is, they neglect these settings and select the normal installation instead. Most often, there should be an EULA section in the installer where you’ll find all the details that you need to know about the installation.

Obviously, the best way to keep any unwanted software away from your machine is to avoid downloading and installing free software from questionable developers. For those who desperately need a particular computer program and you can’t find it in some popular and reliable internet site, then at least always choose the advanced setup option – there, you should be able to uncheck everything that could turn out to be unwanted software. This can seem like a simple rule but it’ll keep your Computer safe.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You will notice the hijacker once it starts swarming your screen with ads and once it replaces your browser’s default search engine.
Distribution Method The methods that distribute these apps are the software bundling, the spam messages and the clickbait ads.
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).



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
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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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