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Remove “Virus”(Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

The main problem with “Virus” as well as with other software components that are similar to it (there are lots of them) is that you won’t be able to normally surf the Internet with all the pesky ads and page-redirects that are getting shown on the screen of browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox as well as with all the unwanted modifications made to the browser. Speaking of modifications, what you can expect from is for it to give your browser a new search engine tool (which is most probably less optimized than your previous one) as well as a new starting page address and maybe a new new-tab page. The modifications may be promoted as things that will give you a better browsing experience or allow you to be safer on the Internet. However, this is oftentimes the exact opposite of what the reality is. After all, there is a reason why “Virus” is regarded as a browser hijacker and not a regular extension for the browser. In most cases, its ads are way too aggressive and invasive and its browser modifications are way too obstructive and useless for this to be a legitimate and helpful tool. That being said, is not some illegal software or a malicious virus.

The real nature of the browser hijacker apps

Comparing it to Ransomware or maybe to Trojan Horses, this is actually not a harmful app. Even if it may potentially be related to certain risks to the system, the hijacker itself lacks the harmful features and abilities of a Trojan Horse, a Spyware or a Ransomware encryption-virus. Still, wanting to remove it is the logical reaction of any user who comes to experience the nagging activities of such a browser hijacker inside their browsing program. This is, however, where many people may struggle and it’s easy to see why. Unlike some regular program or an actually useful extension for a browser, a hijacker would normally be quite tricky to uninstall from a given computer. These apps have their ways of sticking to the system they are installed in and remaining there for very long periods of time if the user doesn’t know how to properly dispose of them. Seeing as how you are reading this article, we would assume that you are one of the many disgruntled users who have recently had a close encounter with “Virus” and who are now struggling with with its removal. Not to worry, though, there is a practical, safe and relatively easy way to remove this app and in the guide we’ve included in this page, we will show you how you can do it on your own.

Our suggestion

Here, we have basically prepared two possible ways that you can follow in order to rid yourself and your computer of the invasive app. The first option is to do it manually, in which case you would need to carefully follow and complete each step from the guide. The second option involves the use of a specialized removal tool – you can choose any removal software as long as it is reliable but our suggestion for such software is linked in the guide and you can use it to automatically remove the hijacker.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Any type of unexpected browser annoyance that doesn’t seem to be coming from any particular site could be hijacker-induced.
Distribution Method Spam letters, misleading links, annoying download prompts, software bundles and more.
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).

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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  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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