Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (June 2017 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 have recently detected that your browser’s homepage or search engine has been replaced, a new toolbar has been installed or some nagging ads and pop-ups have been constantly redirecting you to various sponsored sites, then you should know that these changes are not initiated by some nasty virus, but by a browser hijacker named “Virus”. This type of software is definitely not as malicious as a real virus threat or some other forms of malware such as Ransomware or Trojans. However, it can cause some disturbance and, in the next lines, we are going to explain to you how to remove it.  The removal guide below is created with that purpose and, if you carefully follow its instructions, you will be able to safely uninstall “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other affected browser. This will eliminate all of its changes without any risk for your system. But before you scroll down, let us give you a bit more information on the browser hijackers and their typical behavior, as well as some tips on how to prevent them in the future.

What kind of a program is “Virus”?

At first sight, “Virus” may appear like a very strange virus-like application that messes up with your browser without your approval. Indeed, this program can initiate certain potentially unwanted changes to your homepage or your search engine and may redirect you to some really nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored sites. However, this is a typical activity of a browser hijacker, not some harmful virus. A real virus or a malware (like a Trojan horse, or a Ransomware for example) is a software piece, specialized to do some harm to your computer. A browser hijacker, just like “Virus”, on the other hand, has no intention to do harm to anything. This type of software contains non-malicious programming code, which is developed to integrate with the default browser, generate advertisements on the users’ screen and get them redirected to certain web pages, with the idea to bring traffic and clicks to the advertised items. Basically, this activity is related to the aggressive approaches of the online advertising industry and has nothing in common with the criminal deeds the real viruses can be involved in.

The potentially unwanted activities…

However, despite that the browser hijacker is not considered as harmful, it can be related to some potentially unwanted side effects, which can irritate the users and make them wish to uninstall this software. Generally, most of the irritation and disturbance comes from the unapproved modifications that take place in the users’ browser settings. Having their favorite search engine or a homepage replaced by some unfamiliar and strange one can cause confusion. Moreover, the frequent page redirects may land the users on web locations they never wanted to visit and may prompt them to interact with some content they don’t trust or are not interested in. This is not only a big waste of time but, in fact, dealing with the constantly popping ads, banners, blinking boxes,  intrusive web pages and new tabs, may eventually expose the users to some security hazards. What we mean here is that you may unknowingly happen to click on some misleading link, a fake ad or an already compromised web page, and this way, you may catch some really nasty infection.

Another questionable activity, which some of the users may not be aware of is the so-called “Traffic data” collection. Programs like “Virus” may be programmed to track down your latest browsing activity, your bookmarks, history and frequently visited pages, and transmit the collected data to various marketers for the purposes of the online advertising industry.  Unfortunately, the users have no control over the collected data, nor can they disable it, in case they don’t want to be tracked down unless they fully uninstall the hijacker from their system.

How to remove “Virus” and prevent it in the future?

Removing the browser from your system is not that complex, but still, it has its specifics. That’s why we suggest you take a close look at the removal guide below and carefully repeat its steps in order to safely eliminate “Virus” and all of its traces. If you are not confident to follow the manual instructions, help yourself by scanning the system with the special “Virus” removal tool. It will detect the browser hijacker in no time. To prevent future disturbance, caused by this type of software, we would advise you to avoid interacting with spam messages, sketchy content, emails with different attachments, ads or some free download offers that may pop-up on your screen. Also, pay attention when you install some new software on your computer because programs like “Virus” often get distributed as additional software inside different installers. Use the Custom/Advanced/Manual installation options to be in control of the installation process and always read the EULA carefully as this can some potentially unwanted programs to become part of your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser’s homepage or search engine could be replaced, a new toolbar could be installed or some nagging ads and pop-ups may constantly redirect you to various sponsored sites.
Distribution Method Software bundles, automatic installers, free download links, freewware or shareware sites, torrents, spam messages, emails, attachments. 
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. “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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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!

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