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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.

The online advertising industry is a big and profitable industry, which generates incomes in billions. It’s easy to see why, as one of the of the most popular and effective methods to advertise something is through the Internet. Everybody wants to make sales, offer their products and promote their services online, but some methods of advertising, that the marketers employ, might be way more aggressive than others. On this page, we are going to talk about a specifics piece software, called, which is basically created to generate advertisements on people’s screen by hijacking their default browser, changing it’s starting page and search engine and making it redirect the users’ searches to sponsored pages and commercials. This software is categorized as a browser hijacker and might be very intrusive and irritating. On top of that, it could be really difficult to remove. However, down below, you will find some useful information on how to uninstall it and bring your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other affected browser back to normal.

Have you ever heard about Browser Hijackers? This is what you need to know about them:

Browser hijackers are specific pieces of software, which are specialized in causing browser redirects to sponsored pages by modifying the users’ browser settings and adding certain new search engine tools, homepage domains, new-tab page links and toolbars. is a program that seems to operate in a similar way and if you are on this page, you have most probably already experienced some of its redirects, sponsored ads, banners and pop-ups displays. You have probably also tried to remove the nagging commercials and imposed browser changes without much success and that has led you to our article.

The presence of a browser hijacker like this one may lead to irritation and serious browsing disturbance. As we said above, programs like are usually used for web-advertising and the redirects they initiate, the web pages they open and the modifications they impose to your browser’s settings all have the purpose of promoting something directly on the users’ screen. It could be a website, a software product, an online service, sale offers, etc. Naturally, if not actually approved by the user, such activity can be very irritating. After all, no one wants to have their web surfing interrupted by different popping ads every time they open their browser. That’s why, it is not surprising that a lot of people want to uninstall the annoying software from their system. This task, however, usually requires a professional removal tool or a detailed Removal Guide, such as the ones that our team has prepared below. “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 “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)


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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)
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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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

  • 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” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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

Does represent any sort of computer threat?

A hijacker in itself is generally not a harmful piece of software. It typically has no malicious code and its intentions are solely advertising-oriented. That’s why, we cannot really classify it as a virus, nor can we compare it to threats like Ransomware or Trojans. Moreover, it is very unlikely for this software to attempt to corrupt your data, steal your information or perform any other type of cyber crime. Still, if it keeps loading your screen with annoying and randomly generated sponsored ads, offers and pop-ups, you may come across some insecure or questionable web content. For instance, if you happen to click on the intrusive ads, you may get redirected to compromised webpages and nobody can tell you what kind of computer threats might be lurking there. Nasty Trojans, Ransomware and other viruses may often be disguised as fake ads, links and web pages, and infect you the moment you land on them. That’s why, we think that it is generally safer to limit your interaction with the content, generated by page-redirects like or even better, completely uninstall them from your system. It is also advisable that you remove all the components that the hijacker might have imposed on your browser and restore your settings.

How might get inside your PC and how to protect it?

Usually, most of the advertising software, such as browser hijackers, adware and other ad-generating tools use a method called “software bundling” to become part of the users’ system. This method is a legal form of distribution of different types of software which usually come together in one installation pack. In most of the cases, these are free programs, which, when installed, come along with “suggested” or “recommended” software such as The users are usually prompted to give their permission for Automatic or Standard installation of the bundle and this is how they end up with the additional software without realizing it. Fortunately, there is a very simple way to have control over the installation of such bundles and the only thing one should do is to use the Advanced/Manual/User installation instead of the Quick setup options. This way, no potentially unwanted program can get installed without the user’s permission as all added applications would be listed in the installer with checkboxes that allow option out of the installation of the bundled content.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Search redirects, browser modifications, new homepage or search engine installation.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free program installers, torrents, spam messages, download links, ads, email attachments
Detection Tool

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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