There are hundreds of free applications which can be downloaded online and many of them promise to enhance your web experience either by installing some free tools, toolbars, better search engines or more useful homepage domains inside your main browser or by adding some helpful add-ons. “Virus” is one such application which promotes itself as free and useful but once you install it on the computer, you may start to experience some rather unwanted browsing interruptions such as sudden page-redirects, automatic pop-ups and generation of various aggressive pay-per-click ads, banners and sponsored notifications. In addition to that, the application may place some changes to the settings of the main browser and may forcefully install some third-party search engine or a sponsored homepage domain, which may frequently prompt you to visit some predefined web locations.

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Such activities are typically not malicious but they can easily be mistaken for virus-inflicted, especially by users who are not familiar with the true nature of applications like The good news is that these pesky browser components are usually entirely advertising oriented and lack the malicious features of a Trojan Horse or of a cryptovirus of the Ransomware category, for example. Yet, they are commonly encountered and are mostly classified as browser hijackers. You may easily get your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer (or practically any browser) “invaded” by an ad-generating and page-redirecting browser hijacker such as “virus”, usually after an installation of a browser add-on, a free program bundle, an update or an automatic setup. In most of the cases, the hijacker may be hidden under the advanced or the custom configuration menu of various programs. That’s why you should pay attention to the settings in the advanced menus of each and every setup wizard and manually disable any optional components that you don’t want to make part of your system. Otherwise, if you skip these settings, you may end up with an aggressive online advertising tool on your system, which may constantly nag you until you remove it.

Luckily, it is not the end of the world if you have accidentally installed on your system. Such software can be uninstalled rather easily, especially when compared to removal process of real malicious threats. In fact, in most of the cases, you don’t even need the help of a security professional because you are not dealing with some nasty virus or a stealthy Ransomware infection. Still, there are certain removal steps that need to be followed if you want to effectively deal with the browser hijacker. That’s why, as you have likely already seen, on this page, we have published a detailed removal guide and added to it a trusted removal tool that can help you take care of the hijacker-related issue you are currently struggling with. Those of you who want to safely eliminate the browsing disturbance, which this software may create, as well as rid themselves of the random exposure to various automatic redirects, sponsored links, third-party ads and pay-per-click banners are advised to use either or both the manual steps and the automatic removal tool for best results.


Type  Browser Hijacker
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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


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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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