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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) March 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”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. “Virus” is a new browser hijacker application which has recently been reported to redirect its users to different advertising sites and suspicious web locations. In order to do that, the application tends to impose some potentially unwanted changes to the homepage address or to the search engine of browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari without any warning. may display sponsored links, pay-per-click ads, and pop-ups and modify the results of the search queries by showing paid banners and offers.

Browser hijacker apps like “Virus” are often regarded as annoying and intrusive, but, luckily, they are not as harmful as other types of unwanted software such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. They cannot infect the system like a computer virus but may often get installed on the PC via software bundles, free download links, ad-supported pages injected with advertising software or via different spam messages, torrents, and freeware.  Sometimes, such applications may get downloaded from their official web page and they might provide the users with some free functionality. However, in most of the cases, this supposed functionality cannot compensate for the advertising disturbance caused by the ads.

Additionally, such potentially unwanted applications may often collect browsing information and use it to monetize the users’ clicks and to generate revenue from pay-per-click ads for their creators. Different non-personal data may be monitored and transferred to the application’s owners and can later be used for targeted online advertising campaigns. This data may contain:

  • Bookmarks;
  • Recent search queries;
  • Viewed web pages and duration of the visit;
  • Links that have been clicked;
  • IP address;
  • location
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) and others.

To avoid getting such information collected from your browser, you can uninstall “Virus” with the help of the professional removal tool on this page or use the manual removal guide below to remove all of the hijacker’s components.

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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Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result

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.


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.

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

Risks and protection

If you want to stay safe online and avoid security risks, it is very important that your personal information is safe and that you do not reveal it to different dubious web pages, unfamiliar advertising companies, and to third-parties. It is also very important that you avoid interaction with unfamiliar web content and sketchy sites and also that you stick only to well-known and reputed web locations. With software like on your PC, however, that might be very difficult because, not only may it monitor your online behavior and share it with its partners but the job of the browser hijacker is to redirect you to various promotional pages, ads, sponsored links, offers, and pop-ups and to make you click on them as much as possible. Such behavior, despite not being malicious on its own, may possibly expose you to security hazards in the form of dubious links, fake offers or even downloads that may contain dangerous components such as Trojan scripts or Ransomware viruses. That’s why it is not a good idea to trust everything that an application like may display on your screen and to click on it blindly. What we’d generally advise you is to stay safe and use the instructions on this page to uninstall the annoying hijacker and remove all of its ads.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice some new homepage or a search engine on your browser.
Distribution Method Typically distributed via optional installs in free software bundles and automatic installers, but also can be found in spam, torrents, ads and freeware sites.
Detection Tool

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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