Remove “Virus” (April 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

The purpose of the article that you are about to read is to help you remove a very annoying application called This application typically affects the behavior of browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Explorer and floods them with various sponsored ads. That’s why the security experts regard it as a browser hijacker. If you have recently noticed some changes to the homepage or to the search engine of your default browsing app or if you have been experiencing unwanted page-redirects and sudden browsing interruptions with ads, pop-ups, banners and similar promotional messages, then the information that follows will help you uninstall the unwanted changes and deal with the disruptions in a fast and effective fashion. In fact, it is advisable that you take actions towards regain the control over your hijacked browser because the random promotional message that may appear on your screen may create a lot of disturbance and irritation and may prompt you to click on various unfamiliar links, third-party websites and shady platforms. Not to mention that the new search engine tools, homepage URLs and buttons promoted by this pesky software may expose you to some modified search results, which may have no relation to your actual searches and may make it rather difficult for you to browse the Internet. Luckily, is not a nasty virus or a malware program such as a Ransomware or a Spyware infection and all that you need to do to safely remove it is follow the instructions in the removal guide below or use the suggested scanner we have included in this write-up. Keep in mind, though, that you still have to pay close attention to the guide if you decide to use the manual steps because the components related to the browser hijacker may be placed in various system locations and may reinstall the entire program if you fail to delete them correctly.

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Even though programs like “Virus” are far from malicious threats and viruses and are generally incapable of encrypting your files like Ransomware or stealing your passwords like Trojan Horses do, we still do not advise you to trust them. The reason is, they are pieces of software which won’t really let you have control over what gets displayed on your screen until you fully uninstall them. They can generate various third-party commercials and random messages on your monitor and may prompt to visit different web locations, some of which may contain potentially dangerous or misleading content. Most browser hijackers may also access information such as your browsing history, bookmarks, cookies and other traffic data that your browser stores as well as redirect you to some shady or low-quality sites. Clicking on those is highly inadvisable because they may not only trick you into purchasing some questionable products or services but may also land you nasty viruses. For this reason, our advice is to limit your interaction with everything that comes from apps like and use the suggested instructions to safely get rid of this annoying hijacker element. This will ensure that you will be the one that has control over your web browsing and over the content that gets displayed on your screen.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  An unstoppable stream of ads, banners and automatic page-redirects may disturb your web surfing activity.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method used to distribute browser hijackers. 
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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).



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.


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
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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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