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How to Remove “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

There is one type of software, which can be particularly annoying and even though it cannot harm your system the way that a computer virus or some other malware like a Trojan or Ransomware can, it can still be very unwanted. Yes, we are speaking about the browser hijackers here, and this time, we are going to point our attention to one of their latest representatives – “Virus”. If you landed on this page because you’ve just discovered that your browser (it could be Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, etc.) has been invaded by this program, then, here we are going to help you deal with it. What is more, we will show you exactly how to uninstall it and remove all the annoying modifications, such as homepage replacements, search engine changes, page redirects, and the flow of aggressive ads, which this browser hijacker might have imposed without your approval. At the end of the page you are going to find a removal guide, which has all the detailed instructions and screenshots to help you locate and delete the unwanted program, but let us first tell you a bit more about its specifics. Browser Redirect

What is a browser hijacker and what can it do?

As we already said, browser hijackers are not malicious pieces of software or some viruses. These programs are identified as online advertising tools, which basically serve the online marketing industry. They have mainly been programmed to modify the users’ browser in such a way, that it ensures that they are being exposed to as many advertisements as possible. For that, a program like “Virus” would usually change your homepage with some sponsored one, or insert a new toolbar or search engine, which will redirect you to different promotional pages, ads, and pop-ups. What’s the use of all that? Well, different vendors, advertisers, and online businesses can benefit from displaying their products, services, and sites directly on your screen. What is more, every time you click on the ads, the browser hijacker owners may earn some money through the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. So, as you can guess, it is in their best interest to flood you with as many sponsored ads as possible. They may also program the browser hijacker to track your online activity and collect data about your interests and searches, which can effectively be used in different marketing campaigns and advertisements.

However, you are hardly going to benefit from that advertising aggression and privacy invasion. It might happen to bump into some really good offers once in a while, but most of the time, you will have to deal with unstoppable and intrusive page redirects, different pop-ups, new tabs and messages, which will be constantly taking over your screen. To some of the users, this is undesirable activity, which costs them a lot of time and effort and leads to a huge browsing-related irritation. That’s why it is not surprising why programs like “Virus” are often referred to as potentially unwanted and are rather uninstalled from the users’ PC.

The risks and potential negatives…

The obvious reasons why programs like “Virus” are more annoying than beneficial to the users are already clear. However, let us give you a bit more information about the risks and the potentially negative effects that the browser hijackers may cause. Basically, keeping a program like “Virus” on your PC is not fatal as it won’t corrupt your system or mess with your files like a Trojan horse or Ransomware threat will. But still, there are some indirect security risks you may be exposed to. Unless you fully remove the browser hijacker from your system, you will be constantly redirected to different unknown and insecure web locations. You never know when you may bump into some compromised content or some virus, especially when malicious methods like malvertising are one of the favorite ways for hackers to distribute their threats. Potential malware transmitters may be hidden inside some fake ads or misleading links and in the flow of popping messages that you see daily, it is not excluded that you unknowingly click on them and get infected with some nasty threat. “Virus” uses software bundles to get inside your PC…

When it comes to browser hijacker distribution, they mostly come inside your PC thanks to program bundles. That’s why, to avoid this type of annoying programs to get installed and take over your browser, make sure you always pay attention during the setup process and always customize it through the “Advanced/Custom” option. If you can’t recall how “Virus” got installed on your PC, you most probably have overlooked that option the last time you installed new software on your PC and simply proceeded with the “Standard/Quick” installation. This is something that we don’t recommend doing as it may bring you a bunch of potentially unwanted programs, some of which may be shady or unreliable.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Homepage replacements, search engine changes, page redirects, and the flow of aggressive ads.
Distribution Method Software bundles, spam, freeware or shareware sites, torrents, automatic installation managers.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

How to Remove “Virus”

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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 “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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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