“Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Replacements in your search engine or homepage, constant page redirects, ads, pop-ups and banners all over your screen – is this what is happening with your favorite Safari or Chrome browser recently? Then, on this page, you’ve found a permanent solution that can remove all these strange activities from your system. The reason for them is a browser hijacker called “Virus” and in the next lines, you are going to find a detailed removal guide that can help you fully uninstall it as well as some helpful information about the way this program functions.

How can you recognize that a browser hijacker is operating on your computer?

You may probably mistake the intrusive activity of a browser hijacking program like with a virus if this is the first time that you have had a close encounter with this type of software. It may place some unauthorized changes to your browser’s homepage or replace your search engine, make your browser unresponsive to your searches and redirect you to different popping ads, sponsored links and promotions. What is more, it won’t even ask you to approve any of these activities. However, despite the aggressiveness, a browser hijacker is, fortunately, not a virus. Its nature is mostly harmless and it won’t attempt to affect any other program except your default browser. Your system and your files are also not posed to any serious security risk with “Virus”. However, they would have been if you were infected with a real virus or malware from the Trojan or the Ransomware type.

Browser hijackers are used by different web developers and online marketers to aggressively advertise specific web pages, services, and products through the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. It gains them some revenue every time you click on the ads you see. Earning from clicks isn’t illegal, and there is nothing criminal about having your system exposed to sponsored advertisements. But this, although it may sound reliving, doesn’t make programs like “Virus” any less annoying. These pieces of software are able to cause some huge browsing-related disturbance and interruptions, which some users may not like to tolerate. This is the reason why many of them usually refer to the browser hijacker as potentially unwanted and seek ways to remove it from their system.

What are the possible ways that “Virus” might have snuck inside your PC?

Knowing that is not a virus, you can’t expect from this program to self-invade your computer the way that a malicious script will do. In fact, browser hijackers like this one serve as online advertising tools. The people, who develop them, usually spread them in software bundles along with some other attractive programs and free applications. Some web locations, where you are more likely to come across browser hijackers, are usually free software download platforms, shareware sites, torrents, spam emails and attachments, streaming sites, different free installers and installation managers. Different bundles can be found there, and if you decide to download some software from such locations, it is best to pay attention when installing it on your PC. When running the setup, you may not be clearly notified about the presence of the browser hijacker inside the bundle. That’s why you should manually check for it with the help of installation options like “Advanced” or “Custom” where all the programs in the given bundle will be visible and available for customization. If you don’t do that during the installation itself, and you proceed with some other options like “Default”, “Automatic” or “Quick”, then you will install the whole bundle as it is, including the potentially unwanted program. 

What may happen if you keep “Virus” on your PC?

Nothing fatal will happen to your PC if you don’t uninstall “Virus”. However, you should be prepared for some rather unpleasant consequences that may follow, the longer you keep the browser hijacker on your system. Apart from the annoying changes and the constantly popping ads and page redirects that may interrupt your online activity, your browser itself may frequently crash, have lags and generally may not be able to respond to your searches. Moreover, some people are concerned that with the rise of malicious virus-spreading methods like malvertising, which spread threats like Ransomware and Trojans on the web, insecure ads or misleading links may somehow sneak among the flow of popping messages, displayed by the browser hijacker, and infect them with some nasty malware. The best way to eliminate even the slightest option for this to happen is to remove “Virus” from your computer. Use the instructions in the removal guide below to get rid of all the related components and imposed changes on your machine. You can also double check your system with the professional “Virus” removal tool. Both ways work, so you can easily follow them to save your browser from the ads invasion.  


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Unauthorized homepage or search engine replacements, page redirects, ads, pop-ups.
Distribution Method Free software download platforms, shareware sites, torrents, spam emails and attachments, streaming sites, different free installers and installation managers, software bundles. 
Detection Tool “Virus” Removal

If you are an iPhone/iPad user, please follow this guide.

For Mac Users: “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box: “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Now click on Sample at the bottom: “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files: “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)
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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu, “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

and then again on the Extensions tab, “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab, “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac) How to Remove “Virus” From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac) (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings. “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)How to Remove “Virus” From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac) —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac). “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

 Click “Virus” Removal (iPhone/iPad/Mac) again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.


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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