Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Jan. 2018 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

We have worked hard to prepare this article. It is designed to help you in dealing with This program is a legal version of a browser hijacker, which in spite of its usual harmlessness may at times be greatly irritating because of its usual effects, which usually involve modifying your browsers in various ways:

– by redirecting you to a great number of web locations whenever you just want to load a certain website and as a result make your surfing really annoying;
– by flooding your browsers with many pop-up and other unwanted ads;
– by setting some new and unfamiliar homepage and search engine, which you may not particularly like.

In addition, all of your browsers could become victims of software like this – not only Chrome and Firefox, but also Opera, Explorer and all the others you can think of. All about the known types of hijackers and in particular can be read in the passages below. Browser hijackers along with Adware represent the most common online advertising tools. They may be considered rather unwanted because it is true that the redirection, ad streams and constant change of the default homepage/ search engine are not really pleasant to the affected users. Still, we are not talking about a virus here – only about means of online advertising. Browser Redirect

What does “advertising software” really mean?

Ultimately, this term stands for and its sibling programs which have strictly marketing aims only. In fact, such programs are created with the only purpose to popularize services, products, homepages, search engines, web pages, various software and other kinds of goods. Every producer and service provider out there wishes to have a legal advertising tool because the Internet is becoming more easily available to more and more people worldwide. As a result, Adware and browser hijackers were developed. When we talk about these ad-broadcasting programs, all the parties involved benefit from the annoying ad campaigns conducted by them. The manufacturers get whatever they produce promoted, and programmers earn enough money to continue with their activities. 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!

Is “Virus” a similar to any virus?

At the beginning of this article we mentioned that browser hijackers are generally fully legal. Computer viruses, on the other hand, are illegal. For instance, Ransomware and Trojans are awfully dangerous and can result in a lot of illegal activities, done to or by your PC such as spam distribution or file encryption. However, a program like cannot inflict any damage to you personally or your PC.

How you might end up catching a infection:

As we have already said before, there is nothing illegal about hijackers. Thus, you can assume that none of these programs could come to your PC unauthorized. Still, the infection might happen subtly via tricking you into giving your permission for the installation of such an annoying program. This might happen in the following ways:

  1. You might follow an ad and willingly load a web page which distributes such software. Although you might click on such an ad unintentionally, this is a tricky way of making you get to the source of the hijacker yourself.
  2. Perhaps you have seen these tempting sets of free games and programs called bundles. Well, we have to tell you that they are the biggest source of advertising software ever created. What happens because of them is that you end up really wanting to download such a combo and try any of its components for free. You download it and your anti-virus tool is silent, as the download of a bundle is not what infects your device with a program like However, the installation process is what can leave you with an infection.

If you would like to avoid the infection with a hijacker, there is a specific way in which the installation process of any software you download from the Internet should be done. When you see the displayed installer, take a careful look at all the included installation options. There should be an option which is called Advanced (or Manual, or sometimes Custom/ Customized). Select this exact option and proceed with the subsequent installation steps. Forget about using the other available options, such as Default and Quick, as these will likely install the included hijacker as well.

Removing and avoiding “Virus” is a process:

For the sake of your device and you, practice daily prevention. Indeed, it is not that difficult to get rid of But it might be hard to deal with other nasty cyber threats. That’s why you need to mind the software sources you use, you need an effective anti-malware tool and also – you have to master the installation skill we have mentioned above.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some bothering alteration of your browser apps, like producing too many pop-ups or causing unexpected redirecting.
Distribution Method Via program bundles, shareware, illegal web pages, video/movie spreading platforms, etc.
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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