Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (March 2019 Update)

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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.

If you enjoy installing free applications and browser plugins, watch out not to get your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox browser hijacked by a program called “Virus”. This program is a browser hijacking piece of software, which usually comes along with some other installation packages and promises to enhance your browsing experience, but in fact, it tends to replace your homepage or search engine and to redirect your web searches to certain sponsored web pages, ads, pop-ups, banners, and links. Such activity is generally not related to some virus-like activities (such as spying, file destruction or credential theft), however, it is not excluded that “Virus” may cause frequent browsing interruptions and irritation to some users. They may find themselves on some unfamiliar web pages full of different blinking messages every time they open their web browser and may face the need to uninstall the browser hijacker in order to save themselves from these interruptions. If you landed on this page to find out more about “Virus” and the ways to remove it, you have found the right place because here we have prepared a step-by-step removal guide with exact instructions on that. Before you check it out, though, we would suggest you read the next lines, as they will give you a good idea about the nature of this software and the way it operates.

Most probably “Virus” has hijacked your browser without your permission!

This is one of the reasons why you would be willing to remove this browser hijacker from your computer. Another reason is the problem of redirecting, initiated by “Virus”, which causes a headache and irritation to almost all computer users, who have the “joy” to face it. The problem with this program is that it does not concentrate on delivering quality search results because its primary aim is to generate income from sponsored search results. Therefore, every time you open your hijacked browser, it fills the results with paid records that lead to different third party web pages. Generally, this is seen as an aggressive online advertising approach, which does not intend to corrupt your system or cause any kind of harm that a real virus (let’s say Ransomware or a Trojan horse) could do. Therefore, according to the law, it is not seen as illegal. However, the security experts in our “How to remove” team would advise you not to click on the redirects and not to interact with the hundreds of pop-ups and offers that may appear on your screen. The reason is, these search results can be changed and customized and may land you on web locations with questionable safety. “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 “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

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!

Additionally, the longer the hijacker stays in your computer system, the longer it will collect information related to your browsing, such as queries, location of the device, IP addresses, and other similar data. All of this information can be transferred to the hijacker developers and can be used for marketing analyses, and can also be shared with third parties. This way, the information gathered can help provide you with tempting search results and pop-up ads that, once opened, can take you to dangerous websites that you would not normally visit. If you are concerned about your privacy, it is best to take care of uninstalling “Virus” without wasting your time. To facilitate the process, we strongly recommend using the instructions prepared by our specialists and removing the program through system scanning with trusted tools such as the “Virus” removal tool.

Techniques of spreading of “Virus”

Unfortunately, most of the potentially unwanted programs such as “Virus” are still considered legitimate, as their activity balances the edge of legitimacy. One of the things that makes them legal is their distribution method – unlike viruses, such as Trojans and Ransomware, that can sneak into the system without your permission, browser hijackers can technically be installed only with the user’s approval. Yet, they are distributed along with other free programs and usually hide their presence behind the default / standard installation Settings that the users choose instinctively, without even reading the EULA. Most browser hijackers that can be found on different torrent sites, ads, direct download links, spam messages or free installers are usually grouped with some free programs and presented as additional components, “recommended for download”. With this in mind, if you want to avoid installing suspicious third-party software, refuse to install additional products by choosing User or Advanced Setup, and uncheck the boxes for installing programs, which you consider potentially unwanted.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Replacements of your browser’s search engine or homepage, generation of ads, pop-ups and banners, frequent search redirects.
Distribution Method Spam messages, torrent sites, ads, free installers, direct download links from the web. 
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.

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