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Remove Pop-up “Virus” (Chrome/ Firefox/IE)

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

Are you tired of the never-ending stream of Internet ads and redirects to pages you don’t want to go to that you are getting exposed to each and every time you open Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browser that you might typically use? Has your browser/s recently had a new search engine placed on it and a new starting page and new-tab page imposed on it that have replaced the previous ones? If the answer to any of these question is yes, then you’d certainly be interested in reading the next lines as in the article on this page, we will explain to you what the likely cause behind this intrusiveness is and how you can quickly deal with it on your own. That is why, we advise any of the visitors to this page who are presently struggling with this type of browser-related issues to read the remainder of this write-up in order to learn more about the problem and its possible solution.

What you must know about browser hijackers (and about “Virus”)

A browser hijacker is a piece of software that is mostly regarded as unwanted due to its rather irritating abilities like the ability to make unauthorized changes to the user’s browser and also to fill the browsing program with obnoxious and obstructive advertisements and page redirects that randomly pop-up during browsing sessions. Notice how we say that hijackers are unwanted instead of saying that they are viruses. The reason for that lies in the fact that most apps of this category aren’t supposed to cause harm to the computers they get installed on. Despite being irritating, the majority of the browser hijackers are not malicious and will typically not try to attack your computer. That said, they could still be really unpleasant since their ads are likely to prevent you from normally surfing the Internet and reaching the sites and pages that you want without getting exposed to all kinds of irritating and intrusive advertising materials. 

Remove Pop-up “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.


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
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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

This is why, the best thing you could do if one such piece of software has somehow gotten installed on your PC is get rid of it in the quickest way possible. Below, we have placed a guide with detailed instructions on how to uninstall the so-called hijacker so be sure to use it if you have reason we mainly focus on the hijacker app known as “Virus” in this particular article is because this unwanted app is presently a really widespread issue that many users are struggling with. Most likely, a big number of the visitors of this page have come here exactly because of it. Therefore, if you think you might have this hijacker on your machine right now, we advise you to use the instructions from the guide or the professional removal tool for hijackers that’s also available on this page and with their help get rid of the pesky software component. The fact that we told you “Virus” isn’t some insidious Trojan Horse virus or some sneaky piece of Ransomware (or some other malware program) doesn’t make this app any more desirable in your system. In fact, although hijackers are technically not viruses, there’s still a reason to be concerned about your system’s safety if is presently residing on your computer. The reason for that lies in the nature of the ads displayed on your screen by the unwanted application. While many of them are likely legitimate and will not expose your computer to potential harm, you can never know if a certain advert isn’t actually a redirect link to some shady phishing site or even a direct download link for more undesirable software and maybe even for malware. Understandably, the best way to prevent any danger coming to your PC due to you being exposed to different adverts with unverified origins is to eliminate the source of the advertisements for good.

Spam, malvertising, bundling, etc…

There are indeed a big number of ways a hijacker could get downloaded and installed on your computer. Many such apps get added to spam messages and distributed that way. Other could come to you in the form of misleading online offers and requests that prompt you t download some seemingly helpful piece of software. Many hijackers are put within installation packages for other programs in which case installing the package without first disabling the hijacker would mean that the unwanted app gets inside your computer alongside the other program. That is the reason it’s essential to be careful on the Internet, to avoid sketchy sites and content and to always be vigilant and attentive when you are trying to install new software on your computer even if it looks perfectly legitimate.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most typical hijacker symptoms are the unwanted changes to the browser.
Distribution Method A hijacker can get distributed through spam messages, torrents, low-quality (or pirated) downloads, file bundles, etc.
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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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