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Remove Push Why Virus (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Push Why Virus . Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The Browser hijackers are commonly mistaken for nasty viruses and many users tend to fear them as much as they fear Ransomware and the Trojan Horse infections despite the fact that the hijackers are not actually malicious. This is because the symptoms of infection with browser hijackers are somewhat similar to the symptoms of infection with certain types of viruses and malware. For example, the appearance of a large number of banners, aggressive ads and pop-up windows on the screen of your PC are a common disturbance which could be caused by both some forms of malware as well as by hijackers. In addition, most applications of this category behave aggressively by changing the settings of your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other popular browser and setting a new home page, a sponsored search engine, or a toolbar,  which automatically redirects all your searches to different sponsored pages without your approval. Uninstalling those changes and getting rid of the ads and pop-ups is also rather difficult and most users can’t figure out how to do it effectively. The reason is, unlike most regular applications, the browser hijackers’ uninstallation process is quite different and requires the assistance of a professional removal tool or the correct implementation of certain removal steps. But do not worry – if you are on this page because you have recently been getting disturbed by the ads and the browser changes initiated by an application called Push Why Virus , then we will help you with this inconvenience. Below, you will find detailed removal instructions on how to remove the unwanted hijacker which you can use for free. There is also a trusted Push Why Virus removal tool for automatic assistance if you are not confident enough to tinker with the settings of your computer on your own. But before proceeding, we would still advise you to take a couple more minutes to rest of the information about the nature of Push Why Virus and other such applications.

What do the browser hijackers do in your browser?

As their name suggests, browser hijackers like Push Why Virus “hijack” your browser and change the way it operates by imposing certain changes on it. “But why is all this being done?” you may ask. Well, the fact is that these changes contribute to the generation of online advertisements such as banners, redirect links, pop-ups, etc. on the screen of your PC while you surf the Internet. And this, in turn, is necessary for the promotion of a variety of goods and services. From a legal point of view, there is nothing criminal or damaging in the attempts of the browser hijacker to advertise. However, applications like Push Why Virus may often expose you to different sketchy web locations and make you interact with questionable content. This is important to know because, although they do it with the goal of making the ad generation more efficient, this activity could increase the risk of landing on malware transmitters or clicking on a real virus, a Ransomware or another nasty threat. It would be worth keeping this in mind if you are hesitant about whether to keep Push Why Virus on your PC or remove it.


Name Push Why Virus
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new homepage or a search engine may get installed on your browser without permission.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common distribution method for many browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool

Push Why 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).

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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 Push Why Virus  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 Push Why Virus  from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Push Why Virus  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!

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