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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.

If your machine is suffering from a surge of pop-up windows, banners and other forms of advertisements, it is likely because you have installed on it. What you are going through is recognized as a browser hijacker invasion and such apps have been causing problems for quite some time now. Some people assume that browser hijacker applications are created to solely display adverts and little else and they are actually right. However, since very few people would actually keep such a program on their machine for long, some browser hijacker programs have some sort of usefulness integrated into them. The creators of these apps need you to keep the program for its supposed functionality in spite of the pop-ups.

Once installed, starts monitoring your online behavior for the purpose of serving you with new advertisements.

With all this said it got to be now clear the fact that browser hijacker programs aren’t always totally worthless in all cases and that’s why lot of people might even end up getting convinced to keep them on their computers since they are receiving some form of free functionality from the pesky app. Most of these people learn to ignore the adverts and aren’t seriously annoyed by them. Readers of this article, however, are likely trying to find a way to get rid of the browser hijacker without a second thought and we will attempt to help. A quick removal of this nagging software should be the most sensible course of action and to do so keep on reading.

Don’t let any more hijackers get in your system

The tactics employed for installing “Virus” are quite a few and could even be viewed as some form of a stealth installation. By far, the most common strategies used to spread such apps are fake links in file-sharings sites, torrent files and the obligatory spam e-mails. Nonetheless, there’s one strategy for installing browser hijackers that stands out among the rest by being the the most successful, namely, the file-bundling technique. When a browser hijacker is packed with another piece of software, it gets on your computer after you install that piece of software. Those file bundles tend to be the only income source for creators of free programs. Simply getting an infected file is not really enough to get your system in trouble in the most of the cases. The actual issue occurs when you agree to the installation of that application and present it with your agreement for it to alter your system. This type of scenario often occurs if you are not watchful enough while installing a new piece of software on your computer. That is why the file bundling method is so widely used – you can actually give your agreement for the installation of all software programs concealed inside while believing that you are only about to install one single program. Should you choose the all-time-favourite “Regular” step, you are likely to end up getting more than you’ve bargained for. To prevent installing “Virus” or some other unwelcome computer software alongside the piece of software you actually want in your computer, simply choose the custom settings while in the installation wizard – in there, you will be able to see and uncheck any of the additional programs that seem to be questionable. As far as removing the browser hijacker is concerned, you could find out the best way to do that by making use of our guide right below this article. Follow the steps meticulously and get rid of your browser hijacker-induced problems.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.
Distribution Method The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.
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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).



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.

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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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