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This page aims to help you remove VIrus Pop-ups. Our Ecleneue Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

Ecleneue Virus

Ecleneue Virus is part of an advertising scheme used by website owners for additional revenue. Adware products inject pop up advertisements on website you visit  with the aim of generating revenue. Many computer users are careless or at least not very considerate with regards to the sites that they visit and the things they download from them. Virus

The Virus

This is oftentimes the main cause behind Ransomware and Trojan Horse infections as well as infections with other insidious malware programs. However, even less dangerous software such as the browser hijackers can land inside the computer if the user isn’t cautious on the Internet and if they download software from unreliable sources. One browser hijacker that we’ve recently learned about is the so-called Virus and it is an app capable of changing the search engine of the main browser in the computer as well as imposing a new homepage on it. The purpose of those changes, however, isn’t to help the users but to allow the hijacker t issue intrusive ad-generation and page-redirects. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and other popular browsers can all get affected by applications like ecleneue Virus – it doesn’t matter how advanced and secure the browsers is.

Ecleneue Remove

How to remove Ecleneue ? Here is a quick tip:

  1. To remove Ecleneue from Chrome go to Settings (upper right of the Chrome browser).
  2. Then go to Extensions. Look for Ecleneue and any other suspicious extensions.
  3. Remove Ecleneue and other suspicious extensions by clicking the remove button.
  4. Now go back to Settings.
  5. Make sure that Search Engine and Default browser are the ones you want.
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The Ecleneue Virus

One of the reasons why the hijacker apps are so effective is precisely because they are not illegal and malicious viruses. Even though they are still widely regarded as unwanted software, there is a distinct difference between malware the likes of Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware, on the one hand, and browser hijackers, such as on the other hand. However, if is in your computer right now, we assume that you want it uninstalled ASAP and seeing as how you are currently reading this article, it’s likely that you haven’t been able to remove the invasive app yourself. This is hardly surprising – the hijackers are known for their ability to remain on the system and be difficult to remove through regular means. We, however, can help you with this situation as long as you give a try to the guide for removing which you will see further down this page. Just make sure that you execute each step exactly as it’s explained and that you consult us via the comments section in case you have any doubts regarding what to do at any particular step. It’s really important not to accidentally delete something that is not related to “Virus” or else you may cause more complications to your system.

What you must know in order to not get more hijackers installed inside your computer system

The most important thing to understand about the browser hijacker distribution methods is that you don’t really need to be visiting any sketchy sites or to be downloading illegally distributed software in order to land such an app. As we already mentioned, this form of software isn’t really malware and could get distributed through regular means such as file-bundling. This is, in fact, one of the most common ways in which browser hijacker software gets distributed. The app gets bundled with a software installer that carries some main program which is the one that the users would be typically interested in. However, if the default setup settings are chosen and the installation configuration isn’t customized, the bundled hijacker would likely get installed in the system by default, alongside the main program.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Visually, you are likely to see ads, banners, changes in the search engine of the browser and in its homepage as well as other similar browsing disturbances.
Distribution Method Misleading letters from unknown senders, fake ads, automatic updates, software bundles and many more.
Detection Tool

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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).

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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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