Remove “Virus” Pop up (Chrome/FF/IE) May 2019 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

Online ads, though not the greatest issue that computer users may be forced to face, are actually one of the most commonly encountered ones. Now, to be fair, it’s oftentimes nearly impossible to avoid having ads spammed on your screen even with a good ad-blocked tool. After all, most sites tend to use ads to support themselves financially and to earn profits for their creators. However, this isn’t the type of ads we are going to be focusing on here since those can be avoided by simply not visiting the sites that are being too aggressive with their generation. However, there is another type of web commercials, pop-ups, banners, page-redirects and random blinking messages that tend to come directly from the user’s browser, regardless of what that browser is – Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, Opera and so on and so forth. If that is something happening to you and even though you aren’t visiting any sites known for their aggressive ad generation you are still forced to put up with significant numbers of highly irritating advertisements on your screen during your time spent online, then you most likely have an app on your computer that has gotten attached to your browser and which belongs to the so-called adware category. Now, adware shouldn’t scare you and and cause panic since it isn’t technically a type of malware programs similar to nasty threats like Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits or Trojans. Despite that, however, it’s still not something you would like to have and keep on your computer because of its endless and highly irritating stream of advertisements and page redirects. “Virus” is an example of such an app – a lot of users have made complaints about its unpleasant activities and ads generation and if you are one of those users, you may find the next removal instructions quite useful as they will help you eliminate

Some more information you need to know about adware

Adware apps the likes of “Virus” are certainly unpleasant to have on your computer and though they are technically not malicious and are not intended to harm your computer, there are still risks related to them you should know about. If, for instance, a certain redirect link to an unsafe site or page makes it into the stream of ads that streams on your screen, there’s always the risk of you accidentally clicking on that link and, in turn, getting redirected to some shady and potentially hazardous site that may expose your system to all sorts of threats – Trojan Horse viruses, Ransomware, Rootkits and many more. Also, some adware apps may prompt you to download more undesirable software and even trick you into purchasing overpriced products that you don’t really need. Due to all that, we advise you to use the guide from the current page and/or the added anti-malware tool and, through them, eliminate the nagging software from your PC. Last, but not least, remember to refrain from visiting sketchy sites and opening any obscure links or downloading low-quality software so that you don’t land any more adware like in the future.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Ads everywhere on your screen while you are browsing is usually a sure sign that you have an adware app instaleld on your computer.
Distribution Method Something Something Something Something Something Something Something SomethingSomething
Detection Tool

Remove “Virus” Pop up

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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