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Remove “Virus” (April 2019 Update)

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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.

Most software pieces like “Virus” are certainly not the most welcome or helpful applications that you can have on your computer. However, they are still not some dangerous viruses and if you currently have “Virus” on your machine, know that it will likely not try to cause any harm to the computer since it’s usual purpose is to advertise stuff on your screen which has little to nothing to do with messing up your system and causing long-lasting consequences. But why is this piece of software undesirable then? Well, for starters, it can impose changes to your browser without asking you for permission. Such changes could be modifications to the default search engine tool, to the toolbar, to the starting page, to the new-tab page and so on. Also, your Chrome or Firefox (or other browser) could experience page-redirects and unwanted ads generation that can really ruin your online experience because oftentimes the advertising materials and the newly-opened marketing-oriented pages could get way too overwhelming and aggressive. Naturally, pretty much anybody who experiences this kind of intrusiveness on their PCs is bound to seek ways to get rid of the software that’s causing it. Nobody likes having their screens flooded with an unbearable amount of advertising content while they are trying to reach a certain website and get something done on the Internet. Still, as we mentioned above, although hijackers can be quite unwanted, they are still not malicious malware programs like Ransomware, Spyware and Trojans and are normally not used for conducting any type of cyber crimes or fraud. That being said, it is understandable if you would still wish to uninstall any browser hijacker from your system if you indeed have such software on the computer.


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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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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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

In fact, we strongly advise you that you do that since hijackers hardly ever have any actual useful value and usually tend to cause more issues than the positive effects that they might (but usually don’t) have on your PC. The problem here is that it might be somewhat difficult to do get rid of a hijacker app. This is why we have prepared some instructions and arranged them in a removal guide that you can find right below. The instructions can help you with the removal of the newly released hijacker.

Why “Virus”?

We are mainly focusing on this particular hijacker named because it is one of the newer additions to this software family and is currently on the rise meaning that the number of users who get it installed on their computer is only going to increase throughout the next days. It is, in fact, more than likely that the majority of the readers of this post are here precisely because they have inside their systems and browsers and are therefore now looking for effective ways and methods of eliminating the nagging software piece that is. This is also the main purpose of the current post – to help all of you who are struggling with this hijacker have the unpleasant software component removed from their browsers and PCs. We understand that not all of you might be willing to go through the whole manual process of removing this app so we have also included an specialized removal tool in the guide that can help you quickly and easily get rid of the hijacker and also improve the overall security of your computer in the future.

Issues that might come with hijackers

A browser hijacker will likely not damage anything on your computer or try to conduct some kind of cyber crime. However, you must still be on your guard around such browser components mainly due to the way they tend to advertise stuff on your screen. There is usually little to no control over the legitimacy of the advertising materials that might come your way after being generated by the hijacker meaning that it is possible (though rather rare) that you might land on some shady or even malware-infested page or site if you interact with the wrong ad or page-redirect. This could, in turn, lead to the contamination of your machine with scary virus programs like Trojan Horses, Rootkits and Ransomware.

This is also why it’s better to simply keep away from hijackers in the future. Do not install suspicious and obscure software on your PC, avoid any fishy-looking e-mails and messages that may be spam, stay away from sites with low-reputation and also remember to install new software through the Custom setup menu so that you can learn about the presence of and leave out any bundled additional software components that have been added to the installer and which might be unwelcome on your PC.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers do not try to hide their presence – as soon as the ads and the changes to the browser start to occur, you will know that there’s a hijacker in the system of your PC.
Distribution Method Installer bundles and spam e-mails are some of the more typical methods of distribution for hijacker apps.
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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