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Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

A browser hijacker is not a virus or some other dangerous program like a Ransomware or a Trojan but it could still be potentially hazardous (albeit not directly) and it is almost certainly not something that you’d enjoy having added to your Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, Edge or to any other of the browsers that you might have. Here, we will show you how to take care of the so-called “Virus” which is yet another recently released browser hijacker that many users have been complaining about as of late. But before we get to the part where we give you a detailed guide on how to remove “Virus”, we must first tell you something more about it. “Virus”

 As said above, “Virus” is a browser hijacker – it may spam you with page redirects and ads and also alter the homepage, the search engine, the toolbar and some other elements of your browser. This is what browser hijackers normally do and while on paper it might not seem like much, experiencing a hijacker first hand nearly always turns out to be a pretty unpleasant experiences. Nowadays, we use our browsers a lot and therefore we need them to be as fast and as optimized as possible. Though a hijacker app might actually sometimes promise you to help you with that, the reality is that it will usually do the exact opposite. The constant spam with ads and redirects to random sites and the changes to your browser’s components that you probably didn’t actually agree on are all things that most users find highly irritating and undesirable. The good news here is that you can, with proper, guidance, easily deal with this issue and remove the nagging software component from your browser. Just take a look at the uninstallation instructions down below and follow them in order to get rid of “Virus”.

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).



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

Hijackers are not viruses but could still be unsafe!

Due to the constant spam with all kinds of advertising materials and the usually low-quality of the newly imposed browser tools that a hijacker is likely to add to your browser, most security experts advise users to uninstall software like from their machines or else, the computers might get exposed to different sorts of threats like Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware and so on. Again, a hijacker, in and of itself, is usually not something malicious that is going to harm your computer. However, it’s ads may not be safe and sometimes it might redirect you to online addresses that aren’t overly reliable either. Besides, you certainly don’t fancy the endless irritation coming from the unstoppable barrage of commercials, banners and pop-ups showing on your screen which is usually more than enough of a reason for the majority of users to get rid of a browser hijacker. Just makes sure to only download quality software from now on and even then to always check for bundled components in the setup wizards since this file-bundling method is one of the most commonly used ways of getting a hijacker app installed onto more machines.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you have on your machine, then you will likely have different elements of your browser such as its homepage and search engine modified without your permission.
Distribution Method A lot of hijackers get distributed through spam, malvertising and also through file bundles.
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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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