Browser Redirect 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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Applications such as “Virus” are software elements which operate only when they get added to browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or similar browsing programs. They normally cannot provide any separate functionality on their own because they very much resemble regular browser add-ons and extensions.

However, such applications are typically classified as browser hijackers due to their aggressive advertising-oriented nature and the way they can modify the browser’s settings without asking for approval. Therefore, a lot of people consider them to be potentially unwanted and seek methods to uninstall them from their PCs. Many hijackers may have the ability to replace the default search engine, to install a new toolbar or to set another homepage to the main browser. They may also start an automatic page-redirect service to certain websites and to flood the users’ screen with hard-to-remove ads, pop-ups, promotional messages, and blinking banners. It is hard to ignore such activities, because they may heavily disturb the way you normally browse the web by constantly interrupting your browsing sessions with various ads. Aside from the irritation, the browser hijackers might be associated with bigger problems. Now, we need to say that these pieces of software significantly differ from the viruses and the malware threats you could come across on the Internet (Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) and that we often talk about on this website. However, the browser hijackers are perfectly capable of exposing you to security hazards and sketchy web ads, misleading links, or fake web pages if you are not cautious and click on everything that might get displayed on your screen. That’s why it might be a good idea to minimize such risks by limiting your interaction with the content that the hijacker may generate. In fact, if you have an application such as “Virus” on your system, we suggest you use the instructions in the specialized removal guide below to have it uninstalled. This will stop it from redirecting you to various unfamiliar pages and interrupting your browsing with aggressive ads.

How to deal with the browser hijacker?

The way a browser hijacker operates is more or less the one that we described above. Such software can mess with your browser’s settings and force it to redirect you to various advertising messages, sponsored links and clickable pop-ups during your browsing sessions. This behavior is not mean to cause harm to your system or to corrupt it the way that a real virus can, which is quite relieving. However, it might be quite frustrating trying to get rid of it and to remove the ad-generating and page-redirecting application that stands behind it. For instance, the successful removal process of applications like could be a bit tricky and may require some additional assistance. If you try to uninstall the hijacker from your browser, you may find that there is no uninstallation option which you can use or any uninstallation entries in the Control Panel. That’s why you may need to carefully navigate through your system’s files and manually locate the ones that are related to the ad-generating service. This could typically be achieved in two ways. You can either use a manual removal guide like the one on this page or scan your PC with a professional removal tool which could automatically detect the invasive software and help you eliminate the it from your browser. There shouldn’t be much difference in terms of effectiveness regarding which method you choose as long as you successfully get rid of and its disturbance but for best results, we encourage you to use a combination of both of the suggested removal options, the manual steps from the guide and the professional tool.

Pay attention when installing software bundles!

If you don’t want to be forced to deal with nagging ads, automatic page-redirects, and aggressive advertising applications every now and then, then you should definitely learn which their potential sources are and try to avoid them. Now, like most of the web users who are concerned about their system’s safety, you most probably try to stay away from obviously sketchy web locations such as torrent sites, freeware or shareware platforms, free download links, spam messages, pirated content and email attachments from unfamiliar senders. If you do so, this is great because such places could be transmitters not only of potentially unwanted applications such as but also of nasty viruses, hidden Trojan horse infections or Ransomware threats. Another thing to be very careful with, however, is the software that you install on your PC and its installation settings. A lot of software setup packages may contain additional or bonus components bundled with them and if you don’t pay attention during the installation process, they may get browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications installed on your machine. That’s why you should always opt for the installation option that allows for customization of the setup configuration (the Advanced or the Custom setup menus) and from there manually make the necessary changes in order to install only the software that you want to have on your PC.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may have the ability to replace your browser’s homepage or search engine without asking for approval.
Distribution Method Ads, free downloads, automatic installation managers, software bundles, spam, torrents, freeware and shareware sites.
Detection Tool Virus 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!


  • I read this and laughed. All a person has to do is uninstall chrome and then download chrome back onto their computer. Problem solved! Way to make it more complicated for others when it is so simple to remove.

    • Sadly, although a browser re-installation might have worked for you, more often than not, this is not enough to get rid of such undesirable software. Oftentimes, there is leftover data from it on the computer which allows it to later get back inside your browser and start to disrupt you once more. Hence, the need for a detailed guide that covers everything.

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