Applications such as are certainly not the most pleasant pieces of software that you may encounter and get added to your system. If you’ve had a close encounter with them, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is that you need to remove them as soon as possible. But the moment you begin to act on this issue, it turns out that it is not so easy to uninstall those pieces of software. Moreover, with their arrival, those applications tend to set their own settings in your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or any other browser. This includes changing your homepage with a new one and instead of a search engine chosen by you, they set their own as the default one. In addition, dozens of ads, pop-ups and banners start to appear on the screen and every time you search for something, an automatic page-redirect service lands you on some sponsored sites full of more nagging ads and offers. What is important to understand is that you cannot uninstall or remove these changes while their source is in your system. That’s why, in the next lines, we will focus on safely locating and removing the annoying software without causing more issues to your system.

To your relief, applications like “Virus”are not some dangerous viruses and do not represent malicious categories like Ransomware or Trojans. Typically, the term browser hijackers is used to describe these apps and dealing with them is fairly easy if you follow the instructions in the removal guide below.

The browser hijackers are generally harmless but quite annoying pieces of software, which serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They specialize in generating and displaying massive amounts of promotional materials within your browser (banners, pop-ups and others) and redirecting your searches to specific sponsored domains. Based on a reward system called Pay Per Click, applications like typically generate income for their developers and promote certain websites, products and services to make money. But by pursuing greater profits and clicks, those applications oftentimes cause irritation and browsing disturbances.


There are several other reasons why the presence of applications like “Virus” is undesirable in your system. Although these are not malicious applications, they can still have potentially negative consequences for you and your PC. For example, you may experience a significant slowdown of the processor since generating all the advertising materials that you see on your screen may eat up a lot of system resources. Sooner or later, your browser may start to freeze and crash which is also unpleasant. But the greatest risk that applications from the browser hijacker category can expose you to is the risk of accidental infections with real viruses like Trojans and Ransomware. These are the most terrible malicious programs on the Internet and they oftentimes spread through fake advertisements, misleading links and random pop-ups. In fact, hackers and various cyber criminals oftentimes inject their malicious scripts in different online advertisements. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid clicking on unknown links, random ads and redirects that may land you on unfamiliar pages.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove “Virus”

You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.

You can find the removal guide here.

For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone


About the author

Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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