Virus is a browser hijacker type based scam. The virus tries to trick you into subscribing to push notifications so that it can send unwanted advertisements directly to your desktop. Virus

The virus will display pop up ads and windows

If you want to make your computer as safe as possible, one of the most important things you need to consider, and something that many people tend to disregard, is how secure your browser is. Sure, popular browsing programs like Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox have high levels of security as it is but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things out there that may make them less safe and more likely to be used as gateways into your computer by Ransomware, Trojans and other threats. One thing that can potentially make your browser less secure is what most experts refer to as a browser hijacker. This is a small software component that can get installed into most browsers and that can set to them a new homepage, toolbar buttons, search engine tools and more. If your homepage has recently become and page-redirects are occurring in your browser every time you try to surf the net, then you are probably dealing with a particularly annoying hijacker that is used to promote “Virus”. Luckily for you, the article you are reading right now is focused on this annoying app and will help you with the uninstallation and full removal of this pesky irritation. However, you must first learn some more things about the hijackers in order to be better prepared when some other similar app tries to get installed in your browser.

The Virus

Browser hijackers like virus are known to cause website redirects, intrusive advertisements and even phishing attempts. It could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

The thing about hijackers is that they aren’t illegal and most of what they do isn’t really harmful to your computer. Also, these invasive apps do not actually infect your computer like Trojans, Viruses, Malware and Ransomware programs do. Instead, the browser hijackers actually gain the user’s permission in a subtle way, without the user realizing. The way this happens is through the use of file bundles. You have surely noticed how many program installers that you download because you want the main program from them have some added components in their setup settings. Those components could be video converters, browser extensions, media players and all kinds of other utilities. However, they could also oftentimes be browser hijackers such as or In most cases, it is possible to opt out of their installation and only install the main program from the installation wizard. However, in order to do that, one may need to go to the Advanced or to the Custom setup menu in the installer, where they can uncheck the optional clauses that allow the installation of the extra apps. Most users, however, can’t be bothered to explore the different setup customization settings and they simply go with the default install configuration. This is how hijackers like the one that makes your homepage can easily gain the user’s permission to get installed. Now, if you are struggling with the page and your search engine isn’t the one you want, then it’s best to take a look at the instructions we have added below and follow them in order to remove from your browser and bring back your preferred settings.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some of the symptoms you can expect are changes in the starting page of the browser and replacement of the search engine. 
Distribution Method The methods that can be used to spread hijackers are spam letters, clickbait pop-ups, software bundles and automatic 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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove  from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove  from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove  from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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