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This page aims to help you remove “Virus” Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

Sudden page-redirects, different intrusive adverts on your screen, changes in your homepage URL or search engine are some of the most common symptoms which can indicate that a browser hijacker has been installed on your system. This type of software is usually similar to browser extensions and can be encountered on popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and others. Many users end up with browser hijackers when they perform a quick or automatic installation of application bundles, different free apps, add-ons and updates which are the most common sources of additional and free browser-hijacker components inside their setup settings. Luckily, these pieces of software do not have any particular harmful abilities and that’s why they are not considered to be as dangerous as Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits, computer viruses or similar malicious threats. Still, many web users and security experts refer to the browser hijackers as potentially unwanted due to their aggressive ad-generating and page-redirecting behavior. Within the next paragraphs, you can learn more about the purpose of these pieces of software and the potential problems you may have with them as well as about the best methods that you can use to safely remove them. In fact, in the removal guide below, we will describe the uninstallation steps of one recently reported hijacker-based application called It seems that this app has managed to hijack the browsers of quite a lot of web users and to irritate them with its unwanted browser changes and unstoppable ads. If you are also one of those customers who are desperately seeking ways to remove from their browsers, the instructions that follow will be of a great use to you. We should warn you, though, that even though this application is not a computer virus, its complete and effective elimination could be somewhat tricky, especially for inexperienced users. That’s why, on this page, there is also a professional removal tool which you can use to scan your system and automatically remove all the ads and browser changes from the computer without taking too much time and effort.

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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

Why is bombarding you with ads?

Generally, the reason browser hijacker apps such as exist is to generate revenue for their owners through different aggressive (yet still legal) marketing campaigns. Such applications are programmed to fill your screen with various ads, offers, sponsored tools, toolbars, search engines and domains, which, once clicked upon, earn pay-per-click or pay-per-view income. Usually, there is nothing harmful or criminal in such an advertising approach and that is why the hijacking software is not considered to be any serious computer danger. However, trusting everything a potentially unwanted browser component like may display is not a good idea in general. The reason is, the ad-generating application may oftentimes load adverts or links with unverified origin. It is not excluded that you may be prompted to purchase goods or services with questionable quality or to provide personal details on some sketchy platforms. A danger may also come from the automatic redirects that the hijacker may initiate. Without having control over your browser and over your search engine or homepage, you may land on unfamiliar sites or different risky platforms where real computer dangers (like Trojans, Ransomware and other viruses) may hide. For this reason, we consider the uninstallation of to be highly advisable and suggest that you use the instructions above to remove its ads and browser changes permanently.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice a new search engine or homepage changes in your main browser. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, automatic software installers, program bundling, torrents, ads, free downloads.
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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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