Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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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.

There is a special category of applications on the Internet, the purpose and ability of which is to take over popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera and others and force them to display hundreds of aggressively popping-up ads, banners, new tabs, page redirect links and similar intrusive advertising content without your permission. The representatives of this category are known browser hijackers and, on this page, we are going to talk about a recently detected one called If this application has been installed on your system and has inflicted some potentially unwanted changes to your default browser’s homepage, search engine or new tab settings, then, the information that follows will help you remove it and get things back to normal. All you have to do is uninstall the hijacker from the system and, in the Removal Guide below, we have described exactly how to do that without taking any unnecessary risks for your PC.

Are browser hijackers viruses?

You may see that in different forums and web locations, applications such as “Virus” and similar page-redirecting and ad-broadcasting hijackers are oftentimes regarded as “viruses” or some sort of unwanted and harmful pieces of software. This is mostly because users face a lot of irritation and disturbance due to the imposed browser changes and also find it difficult to have these changes reverted. In reality, however, most browser hijackers and their activities are not intended to cause harm, corrupt the system or launch some criminal tasks. Unlike actual viruses, such as Ransomware, Trojans and Spyware, for example, these pieces of software normally do not contain malicious code which is why they are not technically regarded as computer threats.

In fact, most of reputed security experts classify applications like as potentially unwanted, not as malicious. And this is due to their rather irritating and unwanted page redirecting and ad-generating services rather than because of some actual malicious ability. The ads, pop-ups, links and the offers which you may see on your screen, may try to aggressively promote some products, services, web pages, search engine tools or homepages but they cannot typically damage your computer, encrypt your files or format your drives. Still, they can be very annoying and may disrupt your normal web browsing. For instance, most of the links and pop-ups that get displayed may be very difficult to remove and the moment you try to close them down, they may actually redirect you to different pages. You may also find yourself losing time on various aggressive promotional sites, which may try to make you click on their content, download something (software, a free toolbar, an add-on or some other feature you might not really need) or make a purchase of some non-reputed products through too-good-to-be-true offers. Your search results may also get modified and may show you some sponsored items instead of the things that you are actually searching for. “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).



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.


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!

That’s why, you should generally not rely on the browser hijacker to deliver relevant content. and most other similar apps are basically programmed to promote certain things and generate profits through the aggressive ads-generation (mostly through PPC and PPV remuneration models). Therefore, they will typically try to push the sponsored content ahead of any actual search results. What is more, it is not excluded that these applications may also display potentially hazardous ads or misleading links in their streaming and this is yet another reason why it’s probably best if you remove them and uninstall all of their components and browser changes. After all, why would you risk getting redirected to some virus inflicted page or catch a nasty Ransomware or a well-camouflaged Trojan horse out of nothing? The random redirects and pop-ups may not always be safe and there is always a chance of clicking on something malicious. That’s why, it is far better to limit your interaction by completely eliminating the browser hijacker.

How to uninstall and prevent future contamination?

If you want to effectively deal with, we suggest you use the professional removal tool or the manual Removal Guide, which you can find below. To avoid such applications in the future, however, you need to be very careful what content you interact with and especially with what you install on your PC. Most of the browser hijackers, page-redirecting software and adware is usually distributed via software bundles, torrents, free setup packages, free download links and automatic installation managers. That’s why, you should carefully read the EULA and use the expanded installation options (Advanced/Custom/Manual) every time because they can reveal any additionally bundled components and let you disable them in case that you don’t want them to become part of your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice some frequent page redirects, changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine and some intrusive ads generation. 
Distribution Method Typically distributed via free software bundles, different free download links, torrents, automatic installation managers, spam, etc. 
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