Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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

Does your Chrome or Firefox browser behave strangely? Is your homepage or search engine substituted by some unfamiliar one and now every time you try to search the web you get redirected to a bunch of aggressive advertisements? Then, the probable source of all this intrusive activity and changes in your browser is a new Browser hijacker called “Virus”. This type of software may easily turn into a nuisance and may heavily disturb your normal online activity with its annoying popping notifications, banners, and sponsored advertisements. They may appear on your screen every now and then and literally make it impossible for you to browse the web in peace unless you uninstall the browser hijacker from your PC. Fortunately, this can easily be done with a little bit of guidance from the removal guide that we have prepared below. So, if you are looking for an effective way to remove “Virus”, the information that follows is just for you. has taken over your browser – is this a virus?

Fortunately, is nowhere near malicious threats like Ransomware or Trojan horses, not even some sort of a computer virus. Being a browser hijacker, this program is basically not interested in doing harm to your system or compromising your security. Apart from your browser, no other program or system component will be affected by “Virus”, so you don’t need to be worried about your computer and your privacy the way that you should, if you would have been attacked by a nasty Ransomware cryptovirus, for example. However, the Browser hijacker may create a huge amount of irritation and browsing-related disturbance to you, every time you try to open your browser. This can be explained with the aggressive approaches of the online advertising industry, which is using browser hijacking components like “Virus” to promote various sponsored products, services, and promotions. Thanks to a method called Pay-Per-Click, many advertisers, and online businesses profit from displaying such sponsored ads directly on the users’ screen. Very often, driven by the desire for more money, they may use the browser hijackers way more aggressively than what the end users can tolerate.

By redirecting them to specific web pages and ads, these programs may prevent the users from browsing the web normally and constantly exposing them to various undesired messages and unknown web locations. More than that, programs like “Virus” may heavily affect the speed and the performance of the hijacked browser and make it unresponsive to the users’ searches. Aside from that, the browser hijacker may keep collecting browsing-related data and keep sending it back to its developers for the purposes of the online advertising industry. This is something that has gained the browser hijackers the fame of potentially unwanted programs, which create more browsing irritation and interruptions than actual benefit for the users. That’s why, many people end up uninstalling these programs from their machines, even though they are not really malicious.

How are browser hijackers distributed on the web and how can you get them on your PC unknowingly?

There is a very small chance that you willingly installed such an annoying piece of software on your PC with the desire to be redirected to dozens of popping ads and promotional pages. However, the truth is that you might have installed the browser hijacker on your machine along with some other software. One very common way that programs like “Virus” use to distribute themselves is program bundling – a method, used by many software developers, who pack their attractive and free software along with some Pay-Per-Click revenue generating components like browser hijackers or adware. By bundling such programs inside the installer of some games, free apps, optimization software, spam email messages, promotional links, free downloads, shareware or freeware download platforms or torrents, the developers basically trick the users into installing them along with the software they desire.

Some advertising annoyance is the price that the users may have to pay for using free software or an attractive application. However, if they pay attention during the installation of the given bundle, the users may always customize it and reject the additionally bundled browser hijacker through the “Advanced” or the so-called “Custom” option in the installer. Unfortunately, they may not very often know about this option or take advantage of it and this is how they may end up with an irritating program like “Virus” on their PC.

How to completely remove “Virus”?

If your browser has been invaded by “Virus”, the steps in the removal guide below will help you completely eliminate it from your system. All you have to do is to closely follow the instructions and correctly identify the browser hijacker files. You can also use the professional “Virus” removal tool if you are not really sure which files you need to delete and this way you will eliminate any risk of erasing some vital system files from your OS.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Page redirects, changes in your homepage or search engine, sluggish browser performance.
Distribution Method Spam emails, free downloads, software bundles, torrents, freeware or shareware platforms, installation managers.
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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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove “Virus” successfully!

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 “Virus” 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 “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Virus” 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

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