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Remove “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) 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. "Virus" removal guide for windows and mac

The main goal of the “Virus” is to make you subscribe to its Push notifications by displaying pop-up windows asking for permission.

A new Browser Hijacker application has been reported to our “How to remove” team recently. The name of the program is and, according to the reports, popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer have been affected by it. If you are on this page because you have noticed a change in your homepage and/or in the default search engine, or a stream of aggressive ads, pop-ups, banners and redirect prompts, and all of them are “Powered by”, then stay with us to learn how to remove these changes and uninstall the program that is causing them.

To your relief, “Virus” is not some nasty virus, a Spyware, a Trojan or a Ransomware infection. That’s why you have a good chance to deal with it just by using the instructions and the removal tool in the removal guide below. In any case, even if the Browser Hijacker is not a harmful program, you may want to uninstall it as soon as possible because the longer it remains in the system, the more irritation and disturbance it may create. For instance, you may start to notice that your computer runs slower than normal, your browser becomes unresponsive to your searches and you start to see too many unwanted ads in pop-up windows, that redirect you to suspicious websites. This is something typical for those programs because they basically operate as online advertising tools that promote sponsored content.

When the users enter a search query in their browsers, the job of the hijacker is to open a sponsored web address, some pay-per-click ad or a banner first and only then to display the search result. In summary, this app causes unwanted redirects and spams the screen with advertisements, some of which may even be questionable.

How was installed on my computer?

It is possible that could be promoted in some supposedly official page that you have visited. However, it is quite common for most web users to download and install such applications without wanting to, mostly through software bundles. The developers distribute the unwanted apps by packing them into the download wizards and installers of other software. To be more concrete, they do this by hiding the hijacker in the “customized” or the “advanced” settings and other similar settings of installation wizards, and by not indicating this information as it should. The easiest way to be tricked into downloading and installing Browser Hijackers and other ad-generating programs is if you do not pay attention to the settings mentioned above in the wizards. However, this is not the only way to end up with a program like, Cloudnet or “Pornographic Virus Alert from Microsoft”. Sometimes it takes just a few clicks on several intrusive ads for some unwanted downloads and installations to be initiated. That’s why we strongly recommend downloading software only from official and reliable websites and not from third-party downloaders, installers, torrent or download clients (or other P2P networks), and unofficial websites, etc. Another important thing is to verify all custom or advanced settings and other small checkboxes and “bonus” programs that are available in any software installer. Also, avoid clicking on intrusive ads, especially if they appear on some suspicious and unofficial websites. These ads may cause redirects to different questionable pages (including sites infected with Trojans or Ransomware) or initiate the download and installation of unwanted apps.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may start to spam you with different sponsored ads, banners and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free installers, shareware sites, freeware platforms, torrents, ads and spam.
IP Adress
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.

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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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