Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The paragraphs you are going to read are about a version of a browser hijacker called “Virus”. These  programs are known to change only your browser apps. No matter which one it is you are using – Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, they are going to be somehow altered. Your search engine and homepage could get substituted, the production of advertisements like (pop-ups and banners) may start; and some redirection could occur at some point. Despite the lack of harmful effects among their characteristics, browser hijackers may really be annoying. That’s why we have created this article – to help you understand them and eliminate them.

Are hijackers danger in disguise or just some irritating programs?

This software category has no history of causing any real trouble. It is just a little suspicious that, as well as all other hijackers, could have been programmed to review your surfing history records and, based on them, create a thorough plan for broadcasting only the advertisements that may interest you (which are somehow related to your recent search requests). What’s more, it is possible that your machine may slow down or freeze as a result of the intensive generation of ads, the redirecting processes and the entire promoting campaign “Virus” may organize, while on your PC. In spite of all these, browser hijackers are in no way related to any malicious programs and we are going to explain how much they actually differ from one another below.

Basically, the differences between an exemplary browser hijacker and an exemplary virus are:

If you are wondering why “Virus” and its equally irritating brother and sister programs have not been classified as viruses, but only as potentially unwanted software, the main reasons for that are the facts that NO browser hijacker is able to infect your PC on their own (without your permission); self-replicate or harm either your machine or any program or file on it. Typical malware versions like Ransomware and Trojans, on the contrary, can seriously damage your data, your system or you personally by hijacking files and harassing you into paying a ransom; destroying data or corrupting it; or stealing any private information from you. 

What is really programmed to do while on your PC?

Generally speaking, the only actual purpose of this program is to advertise products (software/ web pages/ homepages) and services of all kinds. Actually, these business activities represent completely legitimate branches of the marketing industry and are NOT breaking any policies and laws. The developers of browser hijackers earn good amounts of money from the produced pop-up, banner and other ads, and the statement saying the more is better fully applies to this software. Such programs are always programmed to produce more ads or cause more redirecting because their creators program them to do so for the prospect of making more money.

Potential sources of browser hijackers

Browser hijackers are all legitimate and are becoming very popular as a result of that. They could be lurking inside torrent and video-sharing web pages. You may catch them from infected websites, as well. Nonetheless, there is one distribution method, which we can blame for the majority of the infections, and it’s named software bundling. This term stands for the process of mixing different apps, programs and games, and distributing them together. The created software mixtures famous as bundles are often offered for free. As a result of that, the victims-to-be of this advertising software could be easily tempted to download them and install such bundles onto their systems as fast as possible. However, even if you download such a tempting bundle, it won’t be enough to cause a hijacker infection. The way you install such a combo is of great importance and we are going to share with you the right way to do so.

Installing software like an expert – basic tips:

In order to perform a safe installation process perfectly, you need to consider the importance of the installation methods, which are offered to you once the wizard pops up, mainly because you will have to choose one of them. Always perform an installation with extreme caution and remember that it is essential to select the Custom (also Customized) or the Advanced feature. These two will give you the chance to select and deselect desired and undesired software or program features. Consequently, you will be able to incorporate only the necessary ones into your system, leaving behind the hijackers that may be spread with them.

How to remove

If you have already caught, we suggest that you carefully read and implement the instructions in the Removal Guide below. They have been designed to help you fight the infection.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Only your browsers are subject to change – they may produce pop-ups; display different homepages and search engines; or redirect you to somewhere on the web, you are not interested in visiting.
Distribution Method Many possible sources, which include bundles, torrents, shareware, spam, contaminated websites, 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. “Virus” Removal


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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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