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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. is a legitimate website and it has nothing to do with a virus. However if you have a virus on your computer you may encounter a browser hijacker pretending to be If a program called “Virus” is operating in your system, there is hardly any way you won’t notice it because the stream of nagging ads, pop-ups and new tabs that this piece can generate can literally flood your entire screen. Usually, such behavior is typical for one specific software type called browser hijackers and taking into consideration that your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Edge browser is most probably affected by “Virus”, we can consider this program as one of the representatives of the browser hijackers. After a recent infection with this software, you may open your default browser and notice some significant changes in its homepage or search engine and may start to experience some strange and undesired redirects to various intrusive sites, new tabs, blinking boxes and links full of commercial content. The good news is that there is no need to tolerate that activity if you find it as annoying and in the next lines, we are going to show you exactly how to remove the nagging popping messages once and for all. Basically, all you need to do is to uninstall their source, (aka “Virus”), with the help of the instructions in the removal guide that you will find at the end of this article. But first, let us give you a bit more details about the specifics of the browser hijacker that has taken over your PC, its danger level and the possible measures you can take to protect your system from such software in the future.

What is the real purpose of browser hijackers?

Many users come to us panicked by the enormous amount of ads that “Virus” fills their screen with. Others face serious difficulty in getting their normal browser settings back and accuse the browser hijacker in some virus-like behavior. You may also wonder why all that ad-generation and redirecting disturbance is about and to put things simple for you, we will tell you that programs like “Virus” are created with the sole purpose to advertise. Yes, the main reason to see so many sponsored sites, popping messages, offers and links every time you try to open your affected browser is to interact with them (click, visit, like and share) because this exposure brings profits to the vendors and the hijacker developers. Popular remuneration models like Pay-Per-Click work on this principle where each click turns into profit and validates the whole aggressive advertising process for the people, who advertise certain products, sites, and services to you. “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. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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). “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)


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. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)
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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. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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: “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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: “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

  • 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). “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)  Remove “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) —–> Manage Add-ons. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) Remove “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)Remove “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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!

What other activities may browser hijackers be related to and are they dangerous?

The intrusive advertising is not everything that a piece like “Virus” is capable of. Usually, in the name of maximizing their income, the advertisers tend to employ some questionable and invasive marketing practices. For instance, thanks to the hijacker, they may monitor your browsing queries and keep a track on the websites you visit, your browsing history and bookmarks. Such information may help them analyze the type of content you are interested in and based on it, they may start to spam you with offers and ads that try to match your latest searches and preferences. Most users may see such activity as a privacy invasion. Moreover, it is not really clear where, when and how this data can be transmitted to third parties or implemented in targeted marketing campaigns.

Aside from this background data-collecting service, the browser hijacker may use some of your system resources and internet data. You may find your CPU being busy with loading unnecessary ads instead of responding to your commands. What is more, your default browser may become unresponsive to your searches and keep redirecting you to the sponsored sites, regardless of your attempts to close them down and get back to your original browsing queries. Such behavior may not only prevent you from surfing the web normally but may also expose you to certain online hazards, such as viruses and other tricky infections like Ransomware and Trojans. Since you don’t have control over the redirects, you may happen to land on some sketchy content or a compromised site and catch some nasty malware. It is well known that Trojans, and especially the recently popular Ransomware viruses are commonly lurking in between intriguing ads, pop-ups, and website links, that’s why we don’t encourage our readers to interact with the contents that get randomly generated by the browser hijacker. 

How to remove “Virus” safely?

Having in mind all that we said above, you’ve probably gained an idea of why it is better to uninstall “Virus” than keep it on your system. To eliminate all of its traces safely, we suggest you combine the instructions in the removal guide below with the help of the professional removal tool. Once you have removed the hijacker, it would be good to think about protection. For this, you need to be more careful when downloading and installing new software because usually, pieces like this can be found in different free installers, automatic setups, and software packages and if you don’t customize them, you may end up with some programs you may not desire. 


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Intrusive generation of ads, frequent redirects of your searches, modifications in the default homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, different free installers, automatic setups, software packages, ads, free download links, torrents.
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.


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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