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.

Today, we will put the emphasis of the following article on browser hijackers and one particular representative of this software called “Virus”. What we are going to share with you below is some highly-important information about the way such browser redirects typically behave.

Such page redirects/hijackers may put some unwanted browser homepages or search engines inside your browser, thus replacing your typical ones, which could indeed be really annoying. What else is possible to happen is that your browser could get showered with many forms of online ads such as pop-ups and banners, which could bother your browsing activities. Moreover, all of your browsers (such as Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other) could be affected by “Virus”.

More details are available below in the coming article. Hopefully, we have included exactly the information you need to successfully deal with a hijacker like

More about hijackers/page-redirects:

To make a long story short, we can say that the known browser hijackers represent a sort of page redirects created to affect browsers ONLY. Such hijackers are likely to modify your Internet browser settings without your CLEAR or STATED agreement. Usually, such hijackers may even change the homepage and default search settings you have been using up to that point. Furthermore, some of these page-redirects are known to inject irritating ads inside one’s browser. Therefore, you might get automatically redirected to possibly malicious destinations when you visit particular websites.

How and where did they appear?

Most of the experts in the field believe that browser hijackers might have first been created for a group of software companies in Tel Aviv, Israel. Actually, this group is called Download Valley and it produces software used for monetizing free software. Some of the other products of this group may include Adware and even some forms of malware. However, that is all hypothetically speaking. We cannot be sure who and where initially came up with the idea about these page redirects. What we can say for sure is that they typically serve the advertising industry, as they are primarily used as advertising tools that are supposed to promote something – a web page, a software product, an online service or something else.

Removal of “Virus”:

Browser redirects may be easy to remove. Sometimes sole use of an anti-malware software on the user’s infected system may be able to automatically delete all associated files and modifications made to your browsers. Nonetheless, in some cases, it may be more difficult to get a page redirect such as removed from your PC. For that purpose, we offer you our set of removal instructions below – our Guide. It is very detailed and tested and should be the thing you need in order to get rid of the hijacker. “Virus” Removal

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


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.

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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!

Common infection method

Most of the browser redirects may come in the form of toolbars or of a changed homepage/new-tab page. Usually, such toolbars/pages are bundled with free software. That is what we call a software bundle. Oftentimes hijackers may arrive at your PC by being embedded within a visited website, a pop-up or a pop-under ad. It is even possible that they may come together with some totally legitimate programs.

There is something important you DO need to remember when we talk about and all the other browser hijackers – they typically aren’t some sort of illegal tools and they could be removed and avoided if you follow our advice. You will find it in the following paragraphs.

Possible aftermath of having “Virus”on your PC:

Some hijackers as well as could be programmed to authorise certain modifications of the used browsing apps – even the most famous ones such as Firefox and Chrome. Pretty much all they might do is advertise certain webpages (via redirecting you to them); various homepages and search engines (by putting them on your browsers) or a variety of products (by showing their advertisements. As a result of that, some system slowdown is possible.

Avoiding hijackers:

What plays a key role in preventing all kinds of threats and annoyances such as browser redirects away from your PC is having all your programs and your OS constantly updated. Make sure you do that regularly and manually.

It is also crucial to pay attention to the installation process of the bundles downloaded from random websites. The majority of the known hijackers (and bundled software, generally speaking) require the user’s permission before they could be installed on your PC. Every time you install anything, you should go with the Advanced, the Manual or the Custom installation settings so as to have the opportunity to explicitly choose what to allow into your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some extremely annoying activities such as the appearance of some totally unfamiliar browser homepages/ search engines, as well as many unwanted annoying pop-up ads.
Distribution Method Via freeware, basically free software bundles, all forms of spam and many contagious web pages.
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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