Remove “Virus”

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”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A number of users have recently shared their concerns with our “How to remove” team about the presence of a piece of software called inside their computers. As per their reports, the mentioned app attaches itself to whichever is the main browser on the system (could be Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, Edge or practically any other browser) and places some potentially unwanted changes to its settings. There may be alterations to the homepage URL, the new tab page or to some of the shortcut buttons. There may also be changes in the way the browser displays ads as there may be streams of aggressive pop-ups, banners, page-redirects and pay-per-click commercials on the screen during every browsing session, even on sites that don’t typically show a lot of intrusive advertisements. Lots of people report that, once gets installed on the system, it starts to redirect their searches to some predefined third-party websites, which are filled with promotional content that prompts them to click on some offers, links and discounts. Naturally, this behavior could easily be mistaken for some virus-like activity and could cause a lot of frustration and browsing disturbance. Many users actually believe that is some sort of a nasty virus, which is now trying to redirect them to shady web locations in order to infect them with more threats like Ransomware or Trojans. Fortunately, this is not the case because this software is nothing but a nagging adware app. It does not belong to any virus or malware category but its presence on the computer could still be potentially unwanted due to the aggressive advertising activities that it may initiate. And since we understand how frustrating and annoying it could be to not be able to browse the Internet in peace, in the next lines, we have included a detailed removal guide which can help you uninstall from all of your browsers and remove all of its nagging popping-up ads.

If you have on your PC, you should know that such software does not threaten the safety of your system directly. The main purpose of the adware is to generate traffic and clicks to certain partnering webpages, offers and links and to collect some traffic data from the users in relation to its advertising strategy. Due to the lack of threatening abilities and criminal activities from adware apps, despite their irritating nature, they are primarily regarded as legal pieces of software. Still, understandably, people often complain about the fact that this type of software tends to interrupt their regular web surfing with various unwanted pop-up offers, blinking banners and hard-to-remove ads. They also face difficulties uninstalling the ad-generating component and bringing their default browser settings back. As a result, their searches oftentimes get automatically redirected to some other sites which they did not have the intention of visiting. There are also cases where the users happen to click on misleading advertising materials or deceitful offers of low-quality products and services, which aim to trick them into purchasing or installing something which they may not need. Taking all of these factors into consideration, we believe it is a good idea to use the provided instructions above and uninstall in case that it bothers you because this way you will save yourself from its activity in a fast and safe manner.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive ads and hard-to-remove pop-ups may start to interrupt you during your web browsing. 
Distribution Method Most commonly, adware is distributed via software bundling, spam, ads, free downloads, torrents, email attachments. Removal

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

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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