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
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may start to experience automatic page-redirects to various sponsored sites full of nagging ads.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method for distribution of browser hijackers. 
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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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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