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Remove “Virus” (July 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.

Experiencing irritating browser obstruction caused by random ads and page-redirects showing on your screen? If you have this problem on your computer then we might be able to help you deal with it and put an end to the advertising obstruction. However, first we should give you a general idea about what the actual cause behind those adverts, pop-ups, banners and page redirects is. “Virus” and the browser hijacker software category “Virus” is most probably the reason why a lot of you are currently reading this article. This is a rather intrusive add-on app for popular browsing programs the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera. It can change some of the browser’s settings like its starting page address, its search engine tool and its toolbar settings. The point of all those changes according to the developers of such apps is to improve the online experience of the user in one way or another. The problem is that this is hardly ever the case when it comes to what the actual effects of the hijacker’s changes are. In most instances, the users would find themselves getting irritated and needlessly obstructed by the obscure new search engine or stating page which are actually mostly there to help the browser hijacker promote different products and sites. That’s right, the actual purpose of applications like “Virus” is to stream ads to your screen and promote various websites, software products, online services, Internet stores and so on. Through those ads and redirects, the creators of “Virus” are able to make significant amounts of money as long as the pesky hijacker is installed onto enough PCs. Here, however, we can give you a reliable method of eliminating the unwanted software from your machine so make sure to check out the instructions below:

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
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

What more you must know about browser hijackers

One important thing that some of you might not know about apps like “Virus” is that they are not really viruses in the same way that a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware would be referred to virus programs. In their core, hijacker are usually not harmful to the computer they are installed on. After all, their creators wouldn’t really benefit if their product damages the PC in some way since the ads exposure would then go down and so would the end-profits.

That being said, we still advise you to remove “Virus” and keep away from potential sources of browser hijackers such as low-quality software bundles/installers, obscure sites, sites with adult content, spam messages and suspicious web ads and offers. This is important because the advertising content streamed by hijackers the likes of “Virus” can’t always be verified as secure. In fact, in most cases you won’t have any way of knowing if the advertising link or banner won’t actually lead you to some hazardous page that might be used by hackers for spreading nasty cyber threats like Rootkits, Trojan Horses, Worms, Spyware and Ransomware.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Common symptoms caused by hijackers are changes to the browser the user didn’t agree to and pesky redirects and generation of random online ads.
Distribution Method Most hijackers are either put inside the installers of other software or linked to misleading online advertisements and download requests.
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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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