Chrome “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

What is and how to deal with it once it gets on your PC is an unwanted program that incorporates itself with your Chrome, Firefox or whatever other browser you are using, causing various undesirable alterations to it, such as a changed homepage or default search engine and often redirecting you to other (sometimes suspicious) pages. There are also several other questionable effects that the bothersome program might have on your browser and PC that we will address later in the article. In fact, there are a lot of programs out there that share similar traits with They all fall under the Browser Hijacker category – a category of programs/browser add-ons that are considered unwanted due to their intrusive behavior and tendency to significantly obstruct one’s online experience and greatly reduce its quality. For that reason, many users who have been faced with a program of that type seek a way to have it removed from their PC.'s Chrome Engine’s Chrome Engine

Luckily, below this article, our readers who have the same problem can find a detailed manual on how they can uninstall and eliminate the unwanted software. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, so there’s no need for you to consult a specialist. However, simply being able to remove a Browser Hijacker is not enough – your machine needs to be kept safe and clean, so that you do not have to face these invasive applications ever again. That is why it would be a good idea to read the whole article instead of rushing straight to the removal guide. The tips and info presented here will greatly enhance your knowledge on how to effectively protect your machine from potentially unwanted programs that seek to get inside it.

What are Browser Hijackers capable of?

A common (and wrong) statement is that Browser Hijackers are similar to malicious programs such as Ransomware. It is important that you understand the difference between the two. A virus or some other malware is software that seeks to damage your computer’s system, spy on you, steal your money or force you to willingly transfer funds to the hacker who’s in control. All of this is absolutely illegal and forbidden by the law. On the other hand, an unwanted program such as a Browser Hijacker is generally considered legal and even though it might be annoying and what it does may be undesirable, it generally does not harm your PC or your virtual privacy. Therefore, if you are currently facing, know that there’s probably no reason to worry as long as you are careful, because you are not dealing with an actual virus like the dangerous Ransomware.

Remaining vigilant

Surely, there is no need for panic, but it is still crucial for you to remain cautious around a Browser Hijacker. Though these programs do not usually threaten your machine, they might still carry out certain questionable and shady tasks that you should be aware of. For example, might try to look through your browsing history in an attempt to gain valuable information that is later used to feed your browser with online ads that would be based on your personal preferences. This is often considered a privacy invasion and with good reason. Apart from that, a Browser Hijacker might also display false or deceptive messages on your screen that urge you to download a certain program or tool that, according to them, your PC needs. However, this is quite often a technique used to trick you into further filling your machine with unwanted software. On top of that, due to all those unwanted tasks that the Hijacker carries out, your machine might start to slow down since the intrusive application often requires significant amounts of RAM and CPU usage. With all this being said, it should be quite obvious by now, why these programs should be removed as soon as possible.

You have probably installed it yourself

There are many methods employed for distributing Browser Hijackers: spam e-mails, deceptive links, torrent files, file-sharing sites. However, in the majority of cases users actually install the Hijacker themselves, without even knowing it. This happens due to a software distribution method known as a file bundling. A file bundle is basically a program installer that, apart from the main program that it contains, has also been filled with various other applications and add-ons that might also get installed along if the user is not careful (which is often the case). However, there’s one simple and effective method to prevent this from happening. All you need to do is opt for the Custom configuration settings when installing any new program, instead of using the Default/Quick ones. This will allow you to see what applications have been added and leave out the ones that you think might be unwanted by unticking the check-box next to them. After doing so, you can continue with the actual installation – will surely stay out of your system.


Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you notice any odd and unusual behavior of your browsing program and if some of its settings have been altered without your permission, then you’ve probably landed a Browser Hijacker.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers frequently get distributed via spam e-mails, torrent files and program bundles.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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