While you could just skip this section and head straight for the removal instructions, we highly recommend you read the text below before using the removal guide. It is of utmost importance for you to understand at least to a reasonable degree what you’re dealing with. That will help you take action more effectively, help you prevent this from happening in the future and most of all it will teach you basic knowledge on your enemy of the day: (and the reason why you are here)

What is

What differences do they have when compared to Viruses? Now, it is important to comprehend that is classified as an browser hijacker, which isn’t a Virus. Most experts on this subject all agree that browser hijacker has enough differences to be differentiated from Viruses. Most notably it is in their degree of severity.

Viruses are considered High priority for removal, while browser hijacker is usually low-to-medium. This doesn’t mean that they should be ignored, in fact it’s quite the opposite. They can introduce more browser hijacker (or even malware) into your machine by tricking you into clicking on one of the ads they place. Most of the popular browsers like Chrome or Firefox are all subjected to these pieces of software.

Viruses have the tendency to alter your computer to a severe level, much more than what an browser hijacker would normally do. They not only replicate themselves on other files or even hard drivers, but they can sometimes be FUD (term meaning Fully UnDetectable by anti-virus software). When infected, the PCs are most commonly robbed from their resources such as RAM space, CPU time, disk space. They can also often access private information on your machine, which can vary from passwords to credit card information. Sometimes they aren’t as destructive, though. The general description is a piece of software that is self-replicating and installs itself without user consent.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (Ads are annoying, may open your computer to additional risks)
Symptoms Various advertisements displayed on the user’s screen, also possible search redirects.
Distribution Method Commonly inserted in the installers of other applications, but can also be obtained from misleading online Ads and more.
Detection Tool Browser hijackers are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection, you need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Remove “Virus”

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

The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant “Virus” software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.

Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders

Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.

For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.

Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.

Removing “Virus”

Step 1: Checking the Task Manager

Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.

Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process. Virus


Step 2: Disabling Startup programs

Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name “Virus” on them. Right-click on those, and select disable. Virus



Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name “Virus” in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation. Virus

Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s

Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.

Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers

You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:


Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.

You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.


Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.


Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.


Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.

Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor

Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type “Virus” and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for “Virus” in your PC’s Registry. Virus


Step 7: Deleting recent entries

For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files. Virus

Step 8: System Restore

In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.

  1. Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
  2. Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
  3. Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
  4. Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
  5. Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional) Virus
  6. Click on next and take and then select Finish.
  7. A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.

Let us know in the comment sections if you need assistance in any of the steps or would like to share valuable information about “Virus”     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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  • Result was found when I searched the Gstatic virus in the registry editor. it showed
    Name: (Default)
    Type: REG_SZ

    Data: (Value not set)

    What should I do next?

    • Delete it from your Registry editor if this is what shows up when you search for the unwanted software’s name.

  • If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.

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