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This page aims to help you remove the “Virus.” Questions like what is recently caught our attention, leading us to creating this page.

Are you dealing with annoying pop-up messages, unwanted ads or constant redirection to different websites? If that’s the case, well then, you have become a victim of a browser hijacker threat. So be very careful when you approach the “Virus”, wondering what to click on. Don’t get fooled by tempting messages and promises, claiming that you have won a prize. It might not seem to be something serious at first, but could cause you problems in the long run. It’s always best to uninstall it as quickly as possible.

In the sections below, we aim to provide enough information on the problem mentioned above. Moreover, we also want to offer adequate guidance as to how to remove the browser hijacker and avoid such situations in the future. But before we move on to what needs to be done, let’s cast some light on what browser hijacker actually does. We believe that any clarification and explanation is crucial to understanding the issue completely. First of all, it is a common misconception to describe it as a Virus. But that’s not entirely correct. Generally speaking, both have some similarities which lead to the misconception. However, they are different in terms of their nature, functionalities, tasks, damages and outcomes.

Viruses tend to be malicious in nature, they are something you really don’t want on your machine. In comparison, an browser hijacker is programmed to flood your browser, be it Chrome and Firefox, with ads and promotional messages and most of the time that is it. It doesn’t sound that big of a deal to many, but only people who have had experience with a program like the “Virus” know how annoying these are – or else they wouldn’t be calling it this way.

So what is and what might it cost you?

First things first, what is A browser hijacker, which means it is set to automatically produce all sorts of advertisements. We would like to note once again that security experts do not think of it as a virus, as the browser hijacker does not self-replicate and can be removed manually.

Opposite to viruses, browser hijacker programs do not pose a direct danger to the user’s computer and will not damage it in any way. Just your patience and nerves. Which might be even worse, actually.

In addition to this, you should remember that might be capable of tracking your browsing data, history, bookmarks etc. With this the creators of the browser hijacker aim at collecting enough information, which will help deliver online ads tailored to your interests. These could be in the form of banners, boxes and other annoyances. There might even appear separate windows, which promote coupons or unique money-saving deals. Ignore them.

Some offers are real, but sometimes you could be exposed to scams which offer goods of limited or zero functionality. They could be risky and bogus. In the end, you might even find these very hard to remove.

How does it spread?

Your PC could have been infected with this browser hijacker through various channels. Getting files from unknown websites is always a bad idea. Torrents, download platforms and other sources of free software are often used to spread browser hijacker programs.

You are already infected. What’s next?

The browser hijacker could be very tricky, it will swarm you with bonus programs that keep showing up with convincing arguments that you really need them. Once again, do not trust them. The creators use “pay-per-click” functionality in order to get more money. So the more you click on such ambiguous advertisements or windows, the more they earn. Even though is considered legal, it uses shady channels to install itself without your consent or knowledge.

One of these is called program bundling. During the installation of any programs, it is recommended that you avoid going for the “Automatic Installation” option. Normally, creators of browser hijackers use it in order to intrude their programs into your computer. Instead, choose the “Custom Installation” variant. It will let you see what additional files and programs will be installed once you proceed. Check everything with extreme care and if you notice anything suspicious, consider canceling the installation. In case you see “Advanced Settings” available, check them out as well for any added unwanted programs.

Remember that once you have removed the browser hijacker, you won’t become immune to such invisible “invaders”. They come under different names, but always cause similar annoyances. Learn how to be prepared for them, know what to expect, and be careful not to be trapped in one of these fake offers.



Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (It may display aggressive ads, invasive banners, unwanted toolbars or could redirect you to other websites) 
Symptoms  It might worsen your browsing experience due to pop-ups or fake offers. 
Distribution Method Fake promo offers or misleading websites for free software installation.
Detection Tool 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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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!


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Katrin Akerman


  • Can you please tell me how to remove this from a mobile device. I downloaded a Network tracker to see what it is that pops up after it pops up in chrome and found the unencrypted weird stuff named and also and they all say they come from the same app downloaded last year in April but I’m but now having this problem. Please help.

    • If it’s coming from a specific app in your case you may need to uninstall or at least disable said app. What seems to be the culprit application?

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