Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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

There are tons of advertisements available on the web. However, how disturbing can it be when you are facing them nonstop and they interfere with your normal browsing activity? Surely not a nice experience, especially when they come in series of nagging ads, pop-ups ups, banners and aggressive web pages that constantly interrupt your searches or the articles you are reading, the videos you are watching and so on. Such ads are mostly delivered directly on your screen with the help of specific software known as browser hijackers and the program we are going to discuss now is exactly one such piece. is a browser hijacking component, which easily integrates with all popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc. and incorporates some potentially undesired page redirects, search engine and homepage changes that may heavily disturb the user’s browsing experience. Luckily, there is a way to uninstall this program and remove all of its traces from your system which will automatically save you from its ads invasion. The removal guide below will show you how to do that, so keep on reading if you want to fully eliminate it. Virus in Chrome

So, what’s the deal with “Virus”?

Let’s start by saying that is not actually a “Virus“. Many users, who are facing’s activity firsthand, may classify this program as a potentially unwanted source of annoyance and online disturbance. Usually the reason is the enormous amount of advertisements they are exposed to once this browser hijacker starts to operate on their machine. The strange new tabs, ads, pop-ups and pages that aggressively appear could easily be mistaken for a dangerous virus infection. Luckily, this is just a wrong impression that this program may give to some people who are not aware why this browser hijacker is on their computer and what it’s really doing there. In terms of harmfulness, is far away from any malicious threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware or other viruses. In fact, browser hijackers are considered to be among the most harmless applications one could get, but of course, this doesn’t make them any less irritating. They really do not contain malicious scripts that can lock your files and blackmail you to pay money like Ransomware does, nor can they corrupt your system the way a Trojan horse could. Still, keeping them on your computer may cause you some potentially undesired side effects, which may really make you wish to uninstall this software from your system.

Why is it a good idea to remove

Despite that nothing harmful could happen to your PC, if you decide to keep this program on your machine, you are more likely to experience some system issues over time. For example, you may notice that your browser may take longer to load the pages you type in. The constant page redirects and new tabs that appear may land you on some useless pages with irrelevant content and simply waste your precious time in trying to close different ads and pop-ups. Once affected by, your search engine may not display the search results you want, but redirect you to other sponsored pages with more intrusive ads. As a result of all that background activity, you may experience some system lags and freezing screen effects. All in all, you could not expect anything useful or beneficial for yourself. However, the owners would earn a lot of money from your clicks through the famous Pay-Per-Click method, which is the main reason why they have created this program.

How did get installed on your PC and how to avoid it in the future?

You have probably installed on your computer through the installation pack of another application you’ve installed recently. This is a common method of browser hijacker distribution which is called software bundling. Let’s say you found a nice free application you wanted to install. You downloaded it and ran the installation manager by simply clicking “OK” on the default installation method. The program you wanted got installed, but along with it, you somehow unknowingly got also a program like which started to mess with your browser. How has this happened? Well, you didn’t read the EULA, nor did you check the advanced options of the setup and this is a major mistake many users make, which ends up with them having a bunch of potentially unwanted programs. A simple click on the advanced option is enough to open a menu where one can manually prevent the additionally bundled browser hijacker from getting installed. This is what we advise all our readers to do every time they are installing new software. Not only will they disable it, but they will not have to seek for ways to uninstall it later.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usual symptoms are the changes in the homepage and the search engine of the default browser as well as tons of intrusive ads and pop-ups all over the screen.
Distribution Method Software bundles are the most common distribution method, but spam emails, free download platforms, torrents and installation managers are also possible transmiters.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. “Virus” Removal



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).


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.

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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.


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.

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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