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Remove “Virus” (March 2019 Update)

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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.

If annoying ads are trying to cover your screen each and every time you attempt you browse the Internet on your Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser, then you are likely dealing with an intrusive software piece that belongs to the browser hijacker group of apps and programs. “Virus” is one such application that may initially resemble a useful browser extension but as soon as it gets installed on your browser, it will likely start to show different ads on its screen as well as introduce various changes such as replacements of the starting page, the search engine and the toolbar buttons as well as other similar unwanted modifications. The hijacker is also likely to attempt to redirect you to various unknown pages that are thereby supposed to gain more views and increased traffic. And, as invasive and as unpleasant as all of this might sound, it is actually not an illegal activity. Browser hijackers the likes of “Virus” are normally not forbidden by any law and are therefore getting freely distributed throughout the Internet. Of course, most users wouldn’t want to download and install them if they know just how irritating they could be which is why their creators seek to bundle them with other software – free and helpful-looking programs and applications which a lot of users are likely to download. However, if “Virus” or any other hijacker is added to such free software and the said software gets installed through the Default installation option, the hijacker will also get installed on the PC without the user even realizing it. Anyway, let’s say that you are already past that point and there’s currently a pesky hijacker on your machine that is making it difficult for you to browser the Internet. What are you supposed to do in such a case so as to uninstall the annoying app? Well, the following removal guide is there to give you an answer to that question.

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

Do not allow to stay on your machine

Currently, we do not have any reports about “Virus” trying to damage the computer of any user. As we said, hijackers are mostly technically legal apps – they are quite different from real viruses and malware like the infamous Trojans or the nasty Ransomware cryptovirus infections. Still, these apps are not to be trusted as their advertisements and redirects to different sites on the Internet can get shown on your screen randomly and could be linked to all sorts of questionable web locations. Sure, the purpose of a hijacker isn’t to actually get you infected with Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses or other nefarious programs but it’s still possible that this might happen if you aren’t careful around such an app. Therefore, the sensible course of action that we would advise you to take is to quickly get rid of the annoying hijacker and, in this way, decrease the chances of getting your computer exposed to any potential dangers from the Internet


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The usual symptoms you can expect from a hijacker app are changes to your browser that you haven’t approved as well as frequent page-redirects and unpleasant generation of advertising materials.
Distribution Method The most common methods used for the distribution of apps such as are by getting them bundled with other software and thus getting them installed on the users’ computers alongside that other software whenever the Default setup configuration is used.
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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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