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.

In the article below we will describe the probable origin of your current perhaps unpleasant browsing experience. The program that can be blamed for the continuous flow of pop-ups and banners, for the rapid redirection to some unfamiliar web pages and for the recent modifications to your default browser search engine and homepage is “Virus”. The characteristics of this program classify it as a type of browser hijacker. As such, it may affect any of the popular browsing apps that you might be using at the moment – Firefox, Explorer, Opera or Chrome.

Is “Virus” a piece of malware?

Perhaps the first question that you can think of is whether your device has been attacked by a virus and that is the reason why your browser app has been modified to such a great extent. Fortunately, though, we have good news for you. You are not dealing with a virus, you are merely experiencing an ad-producing program that might be able to make your browsers act differently. Such modified behavior of your browser apps may involve the aforementioned changes in terms of the number of the broadcast ads, the intensity of the redirecting to different pages and the setting of new, unknown, homepages.

If you had been attacked by any version of a malicious program, the outcome for you could have been absolutely different – mainly much more frightening. Perhaps some of your files would have been encrypted and you would have had been made to pay a ransom to restore them. Certainly, the contamination with a real virus would have led to a total crash of your device, or to the destruction of some precious information. That’s why, you shouldn’t overreact when it comes to “Virus” – such a hijacker cannot do any of the malicious activities, mentioned above. “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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove 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!

Why do some experts consider “Virus” a potentially unwanted program?

There are users who might see the way this program gets distributed and the way it functions as not quite honest or innocent. That has resulted in the identification of this and other browser hijackers as a potentially unwanted software product. Therefore, we would like to discuss in details its features so as to inform you about all the things that it might do. For example, as far as their distribution goes, Hijackers may often be found inside software bundles. Besides that, they might also be present in spam emails, their attachments, shareware, web pages that stream videos and movies, as well as inside torrents. Provided that “Virus” has come to your system as a part of a bundle, you have to know that these software combos are legal and programmers tend to create them for their own profit, as they actually get paid for every single ad that is displayed.

Installation of such a hijacker:

Perhaps it is exactly the method of installation that makes this kind of software so shady-looking. You probably know that just downloading a bundle is one thing; however, installing it on your computer and allowing it to install itself into your browsers is a completely different one. Actually, the majority of infected users let this program inside their devices themselves by being rather careless when it comes to the installation options of a particular wizard. Normally, a browser hijacker could enter your PC and you may not even realize it, if you always choose the Quick, Default or Automatic installation options. Here’s one essential safety tip: always use the more time-consuming but nerve-saving installation features, in case you really want to avoid browser hijackers, Ransomware, Trojans and other innocent and/or pretty dangerous cyber threats. These features are almost always called Advanced or Customized.

Some other possible negative effects that “Virus” could sometimes have:

In some rare cases, programs like this may cause some quite unpleasant things to your PC. For example, the intense generation of banners, pop-up and box advertisements might result in the slowdown of your entire device. What’s more, some of the redirects that “Virus” might be the reason for may lead to places on the Internet that contain malware (even Ransomware threats). Despite that, nothing has been proven so far, and the irritation and the distraction could be the only negative consequences of “Virus” that you will have to experience. As for removing this irritating program, you can use the Removal Guide below for its safe uninstallation.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some changes of your browser apps: many ads might appear, some redirection could be caused, as well as substitution of your regular search engine/ homepage.
Distribution Method Via bundles, shareware, streaming web pages, illegal web content, other ads, some forms of spam.
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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