If you are currently feeling panicked or worried because some obscure and unknown piece of software called “Virus” has somehow nested inside of your browser, we must tell you that this piece of software isn’t really a scary malware threat. Instead of being some shady Ransomware virus or an insidious Trojan Horse program, “Virus” is a simple browser hijacker advertising tool that probably seeks to show ads on your screen and prompt you to click on them in order to earn money for its developers.

This is typically the gist of what most hijackers are meant to do. Still, the presence of such an app inside your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (or any other) browser that you use could greatly irritate you. The ads and page-redirects aren’t the only annoying things related to apps like The homepage and the search engine of your browser as well as its toolbar could also get affected by the hijacker in ways that you would likely find unpleasant and unwanted. For instance, the search engine could be replaced with some other one that specifically favors search results that represent sites and pages which the hijacker is supposed to promote. This could, of course, make it difficult for you to find what you actually want on the Internet, making your browsing sessions rather frustrating. The replaced homepage could also bring annoyance since it could be filled with commercial messages and redirect links to other advertising sites. Sudden newly-opened tabs, pop-ups, pop-unders and banners may also get displayed on your screen if the hijacker is currently integrated with your browser. This, of course, would all go away if you manage to remove the invasive app from your machine. To help you with that, below, we have posted a removal manual that will guide you through the different steps you will need to complete in order to uninstall the unwanted software.

 The Virus

You may not be dealing with some nasty Trojan or Rootkit or Ransomware cryptovirus but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful around while it’s still operational inside your computer. Something many users tend to forget about these types of apps is that the adverts they generate could be coming from anywhere – from legitimate online stores to shady websites with low reputation. In some cases, you may indeed be displayed legitimate online offers that you may be interested in and which you may want to explore but in other cases, you may get linked to obscure, obnoxious and obscene sites with questionable and, in some cases, potentially hazardous content.

We surely don’t want to scare you but you should still keep all of this in mind and avoid clicking on the ads that or other hijackers may try to generate inside your browser. Of course, the removal of the browser hijacker remains the best option in such cases and that is why we must once again remind you about the uninstallation guide from this page as it could greatly help you get rid of


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Usually, it’s the ads that give away the presence of such apps in your computer. 
Distribution Method Typically, a hijacker would get added to some other program’s installer.
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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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