Browser Redirect “Virus” Redirection Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

Annoying software components like “Virus” can be found all over the Internet. Those apps are well known for their irritating abilities and their tendency to obstruct the user’s browsing experience by displaying random online ads on the computer screen and also by imposing modifications on the user’s browsing program. If you have “Virus”on your machine, it is likely that the app would flood your screen with various banners, blinking boxes, page redirects and also it might try to replace the default search engine, new-tab page and homepage of your browsing program. Typically, unwanted apps like this one could affect any browser that you might have. This means that “Virus” could get added to Chrome, IE, Opera, Edge, Firefox and impose its changes on them without facing any resistance. Naturally, nobody would want that to happen to their browsing program. Not only are the effects of this unpleasant software highly irritating and obstructive bu they could also lead to certain more serious issues. In the worst of cases, it is even possible that your machine gets exposed to malicious malware programs the likes of Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits, Trojans and so on. One thing to be mentioned here is that “Virus”itself is not a virus. It is a browser hijacker – those are pieces of software that target the user’s browser and try to take over it in order to fill it with advertising materials through which they could earn revenue for their creators. Still, despite not being actual malware programs, browser hijackers are still seen as unwanted and undesirable due to the intrusive and invasive effects they could have on the user’s browser and also due to the potential dangers they could indirectly expose one’s computer to. Therefore, in case you have such a software element on your machine right now, we believe it’s best if you keep on reading in order to find out how to uninstall the pesky app so that it won’t be messing with your browser and with your Internet settings any more. Below, there is a guide that we have created precisely for this purpose – to show users who have this hijacker on their machines how they could have it removed. There are actually two methods available in the guide that you can use to eradicate the pesky app. The first one are the manual instructions – following them would allow you to locate any hijacker-related data inside your PC and delete it yourself in order to get rid of the unwanted software. The second option is to make use of the recommended removal tool available in the guide which can automatically take away the hijacker for you. Of course, you can combine the two methods and this is actually what we’d advise you to do as it will give you the highest chance of removing absolutely everything related to the hijacker from your computer. “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.

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!

More on browser hijackers

The fact that they aren’t viruses like Ransomware, Worms, Spyware or Trojans should be relieving to those of you who might have thought that their machine has been attacked by some nasty malware infection whereas in reality there’s only a browser hijacker on it. However, despite not being a virus, should still be handled with care. As we mentioned above, there are certain risks associated with hijackers. The main risk factor is the ads and the page redirects coming from those undesirable apps. Normally, there’s little to no control over the legitimacy and the reliability of the advertising materials that get displayed by such apps. This means that the hijacker could easily show you ads or redirect you to pages that are unsafe and maybe even contain viruses. It’s no secret that a lot of hackers and cyber criminals tend to make use of online advertisements to spread their malicious viruses which is why we’d advise you to keep away from any ads displayed in your browser until the hijacker gets eliminated.

Software bundles and browser hijackers

One of the main methods for hijacker distribution an probably the most effective one is the file bundling where the pesky app is combined with another (usually free) program. Installing that program without unchecking the bundled app from within the setup manager is a sure way to land a browser hijacker like So, in order to stay away from such apps and keep your PC clean, be sure to always take a careful look at the different options available within every program installer. For instance, if there is an Advanced installation menu, use that to customize the installation configuration and leave out anything optional that might seem suspicious, questionable or unwanted.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes to your browser and ads getting displayed in it are the most common symptoms.
Distribution Method Distributed through online offers, ads and requests, file bundles, torrents, streaming sites and pirated content.
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