Trojan virus detected Scam

Trojan virus detected

“Trojan virus detected” is an ad-generating piece of software that has been developed to execute web marketing promotion campaigns and generate pay-per-click income for its creators. “Trojan virus detected” may automatically redirect your web searches to specific websites and to spam the screen for your browser with hard-to-remove pop-up ads and banners.

Trojan Virus Detected

Applications such as “Trojan virus detected” usually operate under pay-per-click and pay-per-view remuneration models. Thus, their actions and behavior is governed by their strive to generate as many paid clicks and visits as possible. Basically, for as long as such software operates inside your computer, different ads, on-screen reminders, banners and redirect links and pop-up notifications won’t stop appearing on your screen. All these advertisements will typically try to encourage you to click on them in order to redirect you to particular sites that pay for traffic and visits.

The “Trojan virus detected” Virus

Normally, programs like the “Trojan virus detected” and McAfee virus are said to be helpful browser add-ons that boost the user experience as when they get connected to their Chrome , Firefox, Edge or other web browsers. However, the “Trojan virus detected” virus usually function like browser hijacker and can change the default browser’s settings in many ways.

For example, they may not ask your approval to modify the URL of your homepage, introduce a new search engine or integrate some new redirect buttons and toolbars inside your browser. Very often, they may start to redirect you to the sponsored sites and place a variety of hard-to-remove pop-up advertisements, banner notifications, pop-up messages, blink boxes and text links on top of the pages that you visit. Therefore, such programs are not advised to run for a long period of time on your computer.

We aren’t telling you this to frighten you, of course. As a matter of fact, pieces like “Trojan virus detected” are not as malicious as computer viruses, ransomware or Trojan threats and, in general, cannot harm your computer and its data. Most browser hijackers are simply tools that online marketers use to advertise specific products, services, and websites on the users’ screen. Still, it is hard to ignore the fact that programs such as “Trojan virus detected” may cause unpleasant web browsing interruptions, as well as browser unresponsiveness, sudden crashes and freezing of the screen thanks to the unregulated ad-generating and page-redirecting activities they perform. This is the main reason why a lot of web users decide to uninstall this software and permanently remove its ads  when they are given the opportunity do so.

Unfortunately, it may take some serious tinkering with your system’s settings to find the hijacker-related files and delete them from your computer. This is why most people consider it very difficult to uninstall most browser hijacker-based programs. The good news is that there are some very effective methods for that. One of the options is to use a professional removal tool which is the advisable option if you are dealing with a browser hijacker for the first time. The other alternative is to use the directions in a guide such as the one that you will find below to manually find the “Trojan virus detected” files and remove them. Whichever method you chose, though, the decision to get rid of “Trojan virus detected” is a smart one. Moreover, you can never tell how trustworthy the web advertisements of the hijacker are and where do they link to. Malicious software (such as ransomware, Trojan viruses, etc.) may sometimes be spread through the pop-up messages and the redirect links that are shown on your screen. Thus, it is best not to click on anything and get rid of the invasive program without losing time.


NameTrojan virus detected
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove “Trojan virus detected” McAfee Virus

To try and remove “Trojan virus detected” quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the “Trojan virus detected” extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove “Trojan virus detected” by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of “Trojan virus detected” and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed “Trojan virus detected” removal guide below.

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).



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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Trojan virus detected”  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 “Trojan virus detected”  from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Trojan virus detected”  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.


    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!


    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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