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If you have recently found yourself struggling to use your browser and the reason for that are some strange changes in its homepage or search engine, as well as some sudden page redirects, intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners that keep coming on your screen, then you most probably have been infected with a browser hijacker. The program that we will discuss in this article is a type of browser hijacker, which tends to target browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, but it can also affect any other browsing app. Its name is Virus, and if most of the messages that come on your screen contain some small text stating something like “Generated by Virus” or “Delivered to you by Virus”, then you are surely dealing with this particular program. In the next lines, you are going to learn all of its specifics, so stay with us, and if you are also looking for an effective way to remove it from your system, in the paragraphs below you will find some additional instructions on that. 

How could Virus get inside your PC?

A browser hijacker like this one can be found in spam messages, email attachments, torrents, free download links, shareware or freeware platforms, as well as some automatic installation packs, and intrusive ads. It usually doesn’t come as single software and is normally bundled in the installer of some other attractive software, a game, a new app or some free tool. However, the mere download of such a bundle will not automatically lead to the contamination. To become part of your system, the browser hijacker has to be installed with your direct or indirect permission. The problem is that when you download and run a given bundle, you may not be clearly notified about the presence of such software unless you carefully read the EULA and manually check for it. This could easily be done through the “Advanced” or the “Custom” option during the installation. However, many people tend to skip that and simply proceed with the Default/Automatic one, which actually ensures the incorporation of the whole software pack onto the system, including the additionally bundled software. This is how they unknowingly “agree” to the installation of the browser hijacker and then find themselves struggling to deal with its potentially unwanted activities.

Why is Virus referred to as a source of browsing disturbance?

The way that Virus operates appears disturbing for a lot of users. Not only may this program impose certain changes to their browser, but it does all that without their approval. Some people are unhappy when they face the replacements that the browser hijacker has initiated to their browser’s search engine, the modifications of their homepage, and the frequent redirects, which may land them on web locations that they never intended to visit. What is more, this software can be very aggressive and constantly interrupt their normal browsing by flooding their monitor with various unwanted offers, prompt them to click on them and use some deceptive tricks, which give the users no option to close, remove or uninstall the imposed changes without the complete uninstallation of the browser hijacker. You have probably also experienced some redirects in a response to your attempts to click on the “X” button, which instead of closing the nagging ads, land you on more of them. This is a very aggressive advertising approach, which the browser hijackers incorporate in order to expose the users to certain advertised items, services or websites. Another activity, which has gained them the reputation of potentially unwanted programs, is the extraction of browsing-related data from the affected browser for the needs of the online advertising industry. Pieces like Virus can keep track of all your browsing history, recent web searches, social shares and activity and then use this data for various targeted advertising campaigns. Some users see this as a violation of their privacy and a good reason to remove the browser hijacker from their system.

Can Virus be harmful?

When we refer to a piece of software as harmful, we usually point out to some very malicious activities, which lead to some type of harm for the users’ system and their safety. Malware like a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus can surely have such consequences to the users’ computer and once it finds its way inside the machine, it can cause numerous issues. For example, a Ransomware threat can encrypt your files and blackmail you to pay ransom to decrypt them while a Trojan horse can compromise your system, create vulnerabilities for other viruses to enter, steal your credentials and a bunch of other harassing criminal deeds. Virus, fortunately, cannot be related to any of these malicious activities. Actually, no browser hijacker has ever been related to any form of serious system harm; that’s why we cannot consider it a threat from the rank of the aforementioned infections. Still, if you want to eliminate this software from your computer, there is a quick and proven way to do so. Just follow the instructions in the removal guide below and in a few clicks, your browser will be back to normal and you will never have to deal with any of the nagging hijacker activities again.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some strange changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine, as well as some sudden page redirects, intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners that keep coming on your screen.
Distribution Method Spam messages, email attachments, torrents, free download links, shareware or freeware platforms, as well as some automatic installation packs, and intrusive ads.
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

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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 Virus 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 Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Virus 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!


  • I received a text message today with an “invitation from Stephanie L” and a link to http:// vidplayy .com/ aprtinc. Not clicking it. Thanks.

    • Not interacting with it was surely a good call to make. Knowing how to discern Internet spam in order to be able to avoid it is one of the most important skills when it comes to preventing the installation of unwanted software on you machine.

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