Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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 the “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Adware and why it is so commonly spread. The “Virus” and its characteristics

If you are reading the information below, you have probably already suffered from one of the most commonly spread Internet irritations – Adware. It is possible that you are trying to get rid of – a certain Adware application.  Maybe you are trying to figure out what exactly is going on with your system. The article you are about to read below will make the issue about Adware in general and the Adware clearer to you. Some useful advice is given that can guide you through the uninstallation/removal of

A short review of Adware

Adware is a software that has been created in order to show advertisements of different products to groups of people according to their personal searches and preferences. Even its name stands for “advertisement software”, which implies that ads will be involved.

Most of the people we have met and known have experienced Adware at least once in their lives.  Actually, this advertisement software is what makes your system display numerous pop-up windows, banners and additional tabs on your browser (no matter whether it is Firefox, Chrome or Explorer).

 These tabs, pop-ups/unders and banners may promote all kinds of different products and web pages.  Adware may not be dangerous at all. It is seriously criticized because of the method it could use to enter your system.  Usually it happens in one of two main ways- when you download and install a software bundle from the web; or when you click on an advertising banner/link/line on a suspicious website. This is how it becomes a part of your computer and then might surprise you with a lot of potentially useless and unwanted advertisements.
The reasons why the Adware products may be so aggressive to some extent are unclear. Probably it is because of the money. Displaying ads and promoting anything can accumulate very large amounts of profits for whomever uses and develops such programs.

To be completely clear and honest, Adware cannot harm your system by itself. It may redirect you to false marketing campaigns of numerous useless stuff. It is possible to even redirect you to pages with probably dangerous content. Maybe it will ask you to download suspicious software. However, it is not a virus or malware itself. Its functions may include tracking your browsing history and selling the data to 3rd parties (the ones who probably want to sell you something). and its functions and properties

The “Virus” is a typical Adware program. It may integrate into your system through various software packages or as a result of you clicking on the wrong link. may also change the settings of your browser (Firefox/Chrome/Explorer/ Opera… etc.) in order to be able to track your most common searches. A great number of pop-ups or banners asking you to buy something or download something could start appearing on your computer screen, while you are surfing the Internet. may be considered privacy-invasive because the pop-ups and pop-unders it shows might be hard to close and may appear constantly without your approval and desire. Also might display so many ads that your RAM may be stuck with them thus slowing down the entire performance of your machine. may not be exactly the software you will find useful and want to keep on your computer. It is highly desirable that when you detect its existence, you get rid of it to prevent further future complications.

However, it is possible to avoid and any kind of Adware by following some useful advice:

  • Make sure that your Firewall is turned on, frequently updated and fully functional. It is likely to prevent you from catching PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and Adware;
  • Use a reliable anti-malware program or tool. When you select the right program to defend your system, you won’t experience any issues;
  • Download software only from legal and trusted websites;
  • When you want to install any software, try to always choose the “Customized/Manual” Installation option. Read all the agreements and do not allow any changes to your system or browser;
  • Prevention is always easier and better when it comes to software problems. You had better be careful every day, not only when problems happen.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms Unwanted Ads appear, Browser redirects. Slower computer performance. 
Distribution Method File sharing websites (torrents), infected executable files, software bundles. Infected websites.
Detection Tool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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. Removal

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this – may have hidden some of its files.

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.


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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


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 Firefox, click 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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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