Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (June 2019 Update)

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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.

To begin with – normally, the browser redirects, or the so-called browser hijackers are not harmful. “Virus” is a standard representative of this annoying category. As a typical page redirect, it could get integrated into all of the browsers you have installed on your computer: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, and others. All browsing programs could be targeted by such a page-redirecting software and start acting differently because of it. Some of the possible consequences include the redirection to many unknown locations changes of the appearance of your browsers regarding the default search engines and homepage/new-tab page that are set as well as some intensive ad generation.

Other browser hijacker characteristics

First of all, the known browser hijackers might indeed infect any browser. Nonetheless, the infection they could cause is not really virus-like. It could just be too irritating. In order to be seen as dangerous, an infection has to come from the activities of any form of malware – like a Trojan version, or a type of Ransomware. Exactly this type of infections are dangerous as they can lead to a variety of different problems that could be really difficult to deal with. The real malicious infections caused by Trojans and Ransomware might result in file encryption, acquisition of your online accounts credentials or other banking details, spying on you in some way, blackmailing warnings and even the possibility for identity thefts.

On the flip side, the hijackers we have stumbled across so far might just cause lots of annoyance because of their ability to send a user to pages they have never intended to visit. The changes of the usual browser homepage and/or search engine, and also the production of a huge number of ads are also possible effects of “Virus”.

What we recommend as of how to remove “Virus”:

We believe that this article and the Removal Guide attached to it are going to be exactly what you are have been searching for so as to solve your technical issues related to “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).



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 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 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!

How may browser hijacker be distributed?

Most hijackers may normally find their way to your system while being put inside bundles. Really, such bundles are just many different programs put and spread around together. Users could be interested in downloading and installing such a bundle of software because they could indeed include some new games, programs or apps. Sometimes, such software bundes might also contain a piece of ad-broadcasting software like a version of adware, or a hijacker.

Also, we need to mention that there might be some more sourcse of such page-redirecting applications the likes of For example, torrents, spam messages, contaminated web pages, etc. Nevertheless, the number of the infections resulting from them is nothing compared to this of the contaminations coming because of the improper installation of free bundles, downloaded from the web.

Does that mean that downloading a bundle equals catching a hijacker like “Virus”?

Don’t panic, this isn’t really the case. You may download a bundle and even try some products from it  without getting infected by any hijacker. All you must do is install the bundle in a proper way.

The correct manner of installing any kind of software involves choosing the proper installation mode. Those would be the ones letting you customize the installation process and choose what to actually install and what to leave out. The wizard choices you can always rely on are the ones which are labeled advanced or custom (or manual). Just bear in mind that selecting them is the essence of staying safe and stopping threats much more dangerous than (like versions of Trojan and Ransomware viruses).

Why are such programs created?

The idea of advertising products, software or services isn’t a new one. At first the ads used to be broadcast on the radio or on the TV. Today, advertising is becoming more and more popular throughout the Internet. Advertisers and developers are likely to sign cooperation contracts – the first ones agree to advertise a product as effectively as possible whereas the second party agrees to pay generously for that. This business activity does not break any rules in any way – for sure, the promoting process is legal in general.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Very intense redirection processes and ad production.
Distribution Method Various sources including t
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.

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