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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) July 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.

Instructions for "Virus" removal

The “Virus” will try to trick you into allowing it’s Push notifications by clicking the Allow button which will grant you access to the website.

The development of the Internet has helped us a lot in practically everything we can think of – from searching for information about something to shopping and paying bills, or simply keeping in contact with people thousands of miles away. But this development of the Internet has also brought us threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other nasty viruses that can put our information and our computer in serious danger. In today’s article, however, instead of speaking about the file-encryption that a Ransomware can apply or the theft of data a Trojan can perform, we will focus on a rather harmless but very annoying type of software known as Browser Hijackers that can make changes to the homepage of your Chrome or Firefox (or another) browser and that can also replace their homepages and cause them to page-redirect you to unknown (and sometimes unsafe) sites.

Browser Hijackers are a type of software that is specialized in online advertising and can easily integrate witjh popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and more. The representatives of this software, such as (the main topic of this post), or Cloudnet are usually not dangerous, as they are not created to steal information, scam the user, or harm their machine. However, these programs can redirect users to different sponsored websites, full of ads, banners, pop-ups, and other promotional materials. In addition to that, they may place some changes in the main browser, such as homepage or search engine replacements, or install some new toolbars and shortcut buttons to certain sites. Removing those changes and uninstalling the installed components is usually a daunting task, which requires the help of professional software or that of a special removal guide. That’s why it is not surprising that many web users, when faced with programs like “Virus”, easily mistake them for viruses and tend to panic about not being able to easily remove them.

How can you end up with a Browser Hijacker on your computer?

As it is with most of the unwanted software that we can find today circulating the network, the usual way that users get annoyances like “Virus” installed on their users’ computers is through downloading a program from an unofficial page, or from a program bundle or by installing some automatic update, which contains the hijacker as an additional install. Normally, such software can be found in pages with games, freeware sites, shareware pages, or pages with adult content. Once we have installed the software on our computer, the hijacker takes control of the browser, preventing the user from reverting the imposed changes.

Oftentimes, there is a continuous bombardment with pop-up ads, redirect links, banners and other click prompts on the screen, as well as annoying ads and that are difficult to close. New toolbars are installed that offer icons or links to other websites that may be unfamiliar to you. Sometimes, this type of software may also make your entire computer work so slow that even the simplest of tasks may take several minutes to complete.

Due to these reasons, it is generally a good idea to uninstall pieces of software like and to remove their related ads, and browser components. If you don’t know how to do that, below you will find a detailed guide with step-by-step instructions, as well as a professional “Virus” removal tool for automatic assistance.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may experience page-redirects, intrusive generation of various ads and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundling, ads, free installation packages, shareware sites, freeware platforms.
IP Address
Detection Tool

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.


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.

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!

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