“Virus” is a browser hijacker which has the ability to “invade” your main browser (it doesn’t matter if you are using Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or some other browsing app) and impose some potentially unwanted changes on its settings. does that with the purpose of spamming you with third-party ads, pop-ups, banners and on-screen page-redirect messages.

Our team has recently received a lot of questions about an application called “Virus” and that’s why, in the next lines, we will tell you all that you need to know about it, especially if you have had a close encounter with this piece of software in the recent days. In to make its advertising activities more effective and efficient, the browser hijacker typically replaces the main homepage with some sponsored URL and installs a new search engine which automatically redirects the users to some predefined web locations and generates modified search, favoring the websites of the partnering third-parties. As a result of that, every time you open your browser and start a new browsing session, you may start to experience invasive page-redirects to specific sites and an unstoppable stream of colorful messages that constantly promote different sales offers and links.  

Generally, such an activity is not malicious and is not intended to cause harm to your computer and its data. Yet, the entire ad-generating campaign can sometimes be very aggressive and, therefore, can easily be mistaken for a potential virus infection or a contamination with some form of nasty malware such as Trojans or Ransomware. People who have never dealt with browser hijackers before may indeed get panicked the moment they detect “Virus” in their browser because such software typically does not have an uninstallation mechanism like most other browser components and the modifications it imposes can sometimes be ridiculously difficult to remove. That’s why, in many cases, even if you seemingly uninstall the affected browser, this may not be enough to fully remove the browser hijacker and its activities from your PC. The effective elimination of the unwanted software may require you to follow certain manual steps or use some professional removal tool in order to get rid of everything related to the pesky pieces of software.

How can “Virus” get inside your PC without your knowledge?

It is typical for most browser hijackers to get installed in the system without the users’ direct approval. Yet, they don’t use the stealthy infection methods that threats like Ransomware, Trojans and the many types of computers viruses rely on. Instead, applications like usually become part of the system when the users download and perform a careless installation of some software bundle or of some free automatic update which may contain the ad-generating and page-redirecting software component inside the installation package. That’s why, in order to avoid landing some potentially unwanted applications like this hijacker when you download software from the web, we advise you to be selective about your sources and always pay attention to the setup menu. Oftentimes, browser hijackers, adware and other similar applications may be found under the Advanced/Custom settings which the users usually overlook. However, this is exactly where you need to go if you want to have more control over the entire setup process of a given software package as then you would be able to manually deselect any additional components that may have been bundled with the installer and, by doing so, leave them out of the setup process.


Type Browser Hijacker
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Remove “Virus”

You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.


About the author


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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