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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.

The reason why we have prepared the article below is the constantly increasing number of infections rendered by a piece of software known as “Virus”, and according to the majority of experts in the field, it is a browser hijacker, exploited for the purpose of taking over all versions of browser apps, such as Chrome, Opera, Explorer. It can change your browsers by modifying their default settings and making them generate pop-ups, banners, tabs and box messages all the time. In addition, they tend to change the homepage and default search engine of the browsers. One more of the functions of this program is to cause some redirection to websites you have never wanted to visit in the first place. “Virus”

What a browser hijacker really represents:

Perhaps the name of these ad-generating programs is the most confusing aspect of this kind of software. However, some of them might indeed work in quite a suspicious manner and this side of their behavior has earned them a questionable reputation as potentially unwanted programsBrowser hijackers could be blamed for the never-ending stream of ads that might become an unpleasant issue when it comes to surfing the Internet. Furthermore, they are the ones responsible for the unfamiliar browser homepage you currently have. What may concern you the most among their common features could be the ways in which they, also, can redirect you to suspicious and completely unfamiliar locations on the Internet. Despite all these annoying traits, which could show that “Virus” is a browser hijacker, it is quite harmless as it may never cause any real damage to your device. Bear in mind that this is not a virus and you are not facing any kind of a serious contamination. Such a program is just a piece of ad-generating software; it can’t modify any other settings of your PC, simply those of your browser apps.

What’s more, it is NOT able to use any of your data, passwords For private credentials without your permission or for bad purposes like spying on your, stealing your identity or your money or harassing you in any other way. Still, it may show some quite alarming traits such as keeping track of your search requests and analyzing them in order to define what kind of products you might prefer to buy/order. This is necessary for any hijacker as such a program will later be able to broadcast only the pop-ups and banners containing deals which could appear interesting to you.

As for removing, simply follow the guidelines inside our Removal Guide below. “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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

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!

Hijackers exist with the purpose to:

To really understand their behavior, you should be aware of the reasons why such programs are developed and spread around on the Internet. The answer to both of these questions is simple – money. Some vendors may be really fascinated by the opportunity to promote their goods (software, services) online. That is why they might be willing to pay some particular programmers to develop programs like with the aim to popularize their goods. The payment the programmers get in fact comes from the displayed ads. The more of them displays, the bigger the amount of money its developers receive in return.

Distribution and installation tips:

The most common distribution manner that programmers use is program bundling. This process is merely the mixing of several programs of from various kinds and transporting them together, in this way giving the users the chance to download and try out all of them totally for free. It is likely that the hijacker that is now annoying you has come exactly from such a program bundle. However, programmers might just spread bundles, they can’t make you install or use anything inside them. You are responsible for that – and that’s exactly why you should avoid the most common mistake when it comes to programs like

  • Whereas there is really no concrete prevention practice, there is a tested way to get infected with a browser hijacker and it is very simple. Install all the bundles that you download in the easiest possible way, which is by not reading the EUC agreement and by incorporating their entire contents into your system. A contamination will be 99% sure in case you choose the Default feature of any installer, as this option will automatically incorporate a hijacker like with your system and bring about all the ads it may broadcast.

Despite that, if you are one of the users who don’t really like being attacked by hoards of colorful ads and banners while using your browsers, you should consider choosing the Advanced installation feature instead. Thus you will be given the opportunity to install only what you truly want from any bundle.

Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some very annoying traits of your browser apps such as ad generation and redirecting.
Distribution Method Via bundling, spam distribution, torrents, ads.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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