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Remove “Virus” (April 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.

A new source of browsing irritation and obstructiveness has recently been reported to us and we are here to tell you all that you may need to know about it. The unwanted application in question goes under the name of and is yet another representative of the browser hijacker family. As such, can silently “invade” the main browser in the system (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other browsing program) and introduce unauthorized changes to its settings in order to start promoting third-party ads, banners and pop-ups on its screen. Typically, the changes involve the replacement of the main search engine service in the browser and/or the replacement of the current homepage. After this, you are likely to start experiencing invasive automatic page-redirects to specific websites, sales offers and promotions.

The nature of this application is not malicious but its behavior can easily be mistaken for a possible infection with a virus or a malware program from the ranks of Trojans and Ransomware. And, indeed, the users, who have never met a browser hijacker before oftentimes mistake such apps nasty infections because usually lacks a built-in uninstallation mechanism and its ads, in most of the cases, are ridiculously difficult to remove. The application normally shows lots of sponsored ads, modified search results, pop-ups, ads, banners etc. on the targeted computer and is aimed at redirecting the web searches to certain websites to boost their traffic and generate revenue by doing so. The creators of this browser hijacker use a method known as Pay Per Click to get commissions on every redirect and ad click generated by the invasive app. Therefore, they are more than interested in keeping such software on your system for as long as possible and in redirecting your searches to the pages that bring them revenue. In the removal guide below, however, we will show you how to quickly uninstall and remove its potentially unwanted changes in order to browse the web in peace.

How can “Virus” infiltrate your PC? is not some nasty virus, a Ransomware or a Trojan which can infect your computer in full stealth. Yet, this browser hijacker has lots of tricks that allow it to get installed on more computers. It most commonly gets installed into the system without the users’ direct permission thanks to methods such as software bundling, automatic software updates and installs, spam and torrents. The application can typically be found under the advanced or the custom installation settings of a given setup package and is usually labeled as a “recommended” or a “bonus” component added to the main program that you want to install. Selecting the automatic installation option will make the hijacker part of the system alongside the main program of the bundle by default. That’s why, if you want to keep and similar browser hijackers away, you should always pay attention to the settings of the software you install and manually select your preferences about the bonus components that the setup package may contain.

Once inside your computer, “Virus” can easily make some potentially unwanted changes to your main browser and expose you to all sorts of third-party ads, links, and pop-ups, the origins of which may not always be reliable. Due to this, we recommend that you stay careful around such applications and uninstall them in case they start messing with your browsing experience.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may change your main search engine or homepage and initiate automatic page-redirects to various sites.
Distribution Method Some of the most common methods include software bundling, torrents, free downloads, automatic installs and updates.
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


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

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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