Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) August 2018 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

Browser hijackers are annoying, right? Obviously, nobody would want to be constantly having their regular browsing experience interrupted by nagging ads, intrusive banners, obstructive pop-ups and random page-redirects. Aside from the ads-generation, hijacker apps are also likely to introduce undesirable changes to your browser altering its appearance by replacing the default starting page, search engine, new-tab page and by adding new toolbars and buttons to your browser. Unfortunately, however, the software components known as browser hijacker are well known for doing exactly that to the user’s browser (IE, Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others). The browser hijacker software category is very widespread and it is really common for users to have such apps installed onto their machines without even realizing it. This has to do with the sneaky methods that browser hijacker apps use in order to infiltrate the user’s system. By that we do not mean that a hijacker app can infect your machine in the same way that virus programs like Trojan Horses, Spyware and Ransomware could but it is still highly likely that if a browser hijacking app has managed to get installed on your PC you haven’t noticed when this had happened. This is actually one of the reasons why many users regard app of this category as malicious malware threats. However, if you have a hijacker on your PC and are worried that this is some nasty and highly-dangerous virus that can damage your machine, know that such software is typically not supposed or able to harm anything in your system. Hijackers are primarily advertising-oriented and normally possess no harmful traits or abilities. Still, though, there are still potential risk factors associated with this software group and also the sheer intrusiveness that such apps could cause is more than enough of a reason to have any such piece of software eliminated as soon as you notice the unpleasant effects that it has on your browser/s. “Virus” Removal

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.


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.


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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 “Virus”

The main focus of and reason for writing his article is the newly-released browser hijacker. This is one particularly irritating software component that falls under the hijacker software group and there are many customers who have complained about its obstructive and frustrating abilities. Here, once again, we are talking about redirects to unknown pages, constant and ceaseless ads-streaming, undesirable changes to the browser and other similar unwanted activities. Naturally, any user who comes to experience this would be more than willing to uninstall and remove the software that causing it all (in this case, However, uninstalling a regular program and removing a hijacker are oftentimes two different things. While most normal programs have some kind of a built-in uninstallation mechanism, the same cannot be said about the majority of hijackers. The longer such apps are able to stay on the users’ PCs and the longer they can freely spam the browser with ads, the greater the profit their creators would accumulate. Therefore, the programmers behind most hijacking apps usually make sure to make their products as difficult to remove as possible while still keeping the software legal and not making it malicious. That is why you are likely not going to be able to find the directory for the hijacker on your PC or an uninstallation .exe file that you could use to uninstall the intrusive app. In most cases, you’d need to carry out several extra steps in order to locate all hijacker-related data on your PC and remove it in order to fully eradicate “Virus”. Down below, we have shown how this could be done within the manual removal guide for If, however, you feel like the steps from the guide might be a bit too much for you, you can make use of the suggested removal tool that’s also available in the guide and eliminate the pesky software piece with it. Whether you go for the manual or the automatic method is irrelevant as long as you make sure to get rid of Aside from being annoying, its ads might sometimes hide hazards such as Ransomware and Trojans and because of this it is advisable that you do not allow the hijacker to stay on your PC for any longer.

Avoiding hijacker installation

File bundling is probably the most effective method used for hijacker distribution – with it, the unwanted app is added to the installer of some free or cheap program and is opted-in as default. If you use the Quick/Default setup settings to install that free/cheap program, you are likely to get the hijacker as well. However, if you make sure to customize the installation configuration through the Advanced/Manual/Custom setup menu and opt-out of the installation of any added components that might look unwanted, you will only get the program that you want without the hijacker becoming part of your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some of the more typical symptoms are unpleasant alterations to your browser and obstructive online ads. 
Distribution Method Hijackers are usually distributed with the help of spam messages and software bundles.
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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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