Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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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.

Welcome to our article on a recently released hijacker app that has lately been messing with the browsing experience of a big number of users. This is the right place to be if a browser hijacker like “Virus” has invaded your machine. Facing such a software is certainly not the nicest of experiences. Moreover, struggling to browse the web with a changed homepage or a search engine while trying to navigate through dozens of annoying ads, pop-ups, banners and undesirable page-redirects can be a real nuisance. However, you don’t need to deal with all that anymore. If your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browsers have recently been forced to generate an unstoppable stream of ads and some new toolbars, search engine tools or homepage domains have been installed on it without your approval, stick around to learn more about how you can handle this unpleasant issue. We will give you a better understanding about to the root of your browsing disturbance and we will show you how to regain the control over your Internet settings. Our team has prepared a special set of instructions, neatly organized in a Removal guide, to help you uninstall and get rid of its annoying activities. Before you move right to it, however, make sure you read the specifics of this browser hijacker first, in order to handle the removal process more efficiently.

What kind of software is “Virus” and what is it after?

The web space is full of various programs – some are helpful, some are harmful and some are a source of incredible annoyance. The Browser hijackers belong to the latter group. They usually operate as online advertising tools, which serve the needs of different marketers and oftentimes employ online advertising methods such as Pay-Per-Click, sponsored page-redirects and paid ads positioning on the users’ screen. In order to advertise more effectively, these tools tend to set some modifications in the users’ browsers. These modifications may include the change of the homepage or of the search engine or the installation of some new toolbars, which every time the browser is opened, start to generate certain sponsored commercial messages or links and prompt the users to click on them. The result is normally much wider exposure to the products, services and web pages, which get displayed on the screen, as well as increase traffic and pay-per-click revenue for their vendors and distributors. “Virus” Removal

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 “Virus” is a new application that operates on the exact same principle. Therefore, we can consider it as a part of the Browser hijackers family. It basically generates revenue for its creators by displaying third-party promotional content during each browsing session. The advertising tactic that this app and the other hijackers usually employ, however, often becomes a source of unbearable browsing disturbance. Some users complain about being unable to deal with the constant page-redirects and the ad interruptions on their screen. Others find it risky to be forced to click on links and pages with unfamiliar content every time they decide to use their browser. That’s why, recently, there have been a lot of requests from users that need help with uninstalling the annoying software and removing all of its components and pop-ups from their system.

Can we relate any dangerous activities to “Virus”?

The browser hijackers, normally, are seen as harmless or at least non-malicious. They are typically seen as nothing more than aggressive online advertising tools which try to promote certain things on your screen. Therefore, referring to them as viruses and putting them next to malware such as Ransomware or Spyware is more or less incorrect. Still, their practice to alter your browser’s settings, to install new homepage domains and search engines without your approval or to initiate automatic page-redirects to third-party sites should not be taken lightly. For one, these activities are more or less invasive and may disturb your normal browsing to a significant extent, especially if you are using your web browser for work, studies or even for simple entertainment. However you look at it, if some undesired software is aggressively prompting you to click on certain sketchy ads and visit some unverified web locations, it is a matter of time before you to bump into something malicious. It may be a fake add, a misleading link or a page which has already been infected with some nasty Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse.  That’s why, if you ask us for our advice, we would recommend that you stay on the safer side by avoiding the content that the hijacker may display. That is also valid for its search engines and homepages, the reliability of which can also not be proven.

Another unpleasant feature of the hijackers is that, oftentimes, such intrusive apps may try to collect information about their users and their interests by keeping a track of their search queries, browsing history, likes, shares, location, language, bookmarks, and IP addresses. The creators of such hijackers claim that this is just a part of the software’s attempt to promote more relevant advertisements on your screen but the collected data may oftentimes be sold to third parties and different online advertising agencies for profits. To avoid anything like this, it is best to refer to the Removal Guide below and follow its steps. This will help you safely uninstall and get rid of all the unwanted invasion.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Nagging ads, unexpected page-redirects and intrusive pop-ups may disturb your while browsing the web. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, spam, ads, free download links, automatic installation managers, ad-supported websites. 
Detection Tool

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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