How To Fix Error Code 0x80073b01 (Virus Removal)

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This page aims to help you remove Error Code 0x80073b01. These Error Code 0x80073b01 removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Important. Read this. Error Code 0x80073b01 is caused by a Browser Hijacker application. Browser Hijackers are considered a form of computer viruses, yet with somewhat limited abilities to cause real trouble. They can be easily characterized by the many ads that will torment the affected users, as well as the possible browser redirects, which are, in many cases, just as irritating as the pop-up ads, if not more.

We feel that it is important to provide you with as detailed information as possible, so you are able to combat this malware effectively.

How did you get infected by Error Code 0x80073b01?

There are a number of ways in which this unfortunate event might have transpired. We will list the most common and widespread ones. For good measure we will also include some useful tips on how to prevent this from happening again in the future.

  • Look out for compromised executable files attached to e-mails. This is a very old practice, but it is still used regularly. Sometimes it might be especially hard to notice that you are indeed looking at a fraudulent e-mail, so our tip here is to always scan any files before opening them. Better safe than sorry.
  • Actually clicking on the ads and downloading anything as suggested by Error Code 0x80073b01 might turn out to be your downfall. You should completely ignore anything suggested in the advertisements. It is also important to remember that viruses are designed to be treacherous, so do not be surprised if you are greeted with intruding messages informing you that you have missing codecs, plugins, software updates, or even that a virus has been detected on your system. Even if some of the above is indeed true, it would be a coincidence and you can definitely do a lot better than download software from unsafe and often fraudulent sources.
  • If you are using p2p download methods and file-sharing websites it is important to remember that they often contain unpleasant surprises. Very few torrent and file hosting websites provide strict control over what gets uploaded there and by whom. So it is certainly a good idea to always scan before opening anything downloaded from such sources.

We feel this is the right time and place to explain something that sometimes confuses our readers. Virus creators are monitoring for universal removal solutions like our own removal guide and are constantly updating their creations, so that they can become harder to be removed by a single method. Eventually there are a plethora of different versions of Adware like Error Code 0x80073b01 and its hard to predict which needs what exactly. The guide that follows should be able to deal with all versions of Error Code 0x80073b01, but some parts of it may be redundant for a particular version of the Adware. Simply skip anything that does not yield results – all operations are safe to perform. Also know this – we are here to help you, so do not hesitate one bit to address us in the comments section with any questions or tips you might have.


Name Error Code 0x80073b01
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  Reduced PC performance, unwanted ads, irritating browser redirects.
Distribution Method E-mail attachments, torrent sites, fake ad links.
Detection Tool



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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Error Code 0x80073b01 from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

Error Code 0x80073b01 Removal



Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this step – Error Code 0x80073b01 may have hidden some of its files.

It is important to remember that once you reach this stage you need to repeat and execute Step 2 for all of your browsers. Statistically most people remove the malware from Chrome and/or Firefox mostly, but in many cases that is not enough and the virus comes right back after being seemingly wiped out. For this reason it is important to repeat the procedure for ALL browsers installed on your computer, even if you don’t use them.


ie9-10_512x512 Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

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

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Error Code 0x80073b01 from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click mozilla menu ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the Browser Hijacker/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-background Remove Error Code 0x80073b01 from Chrome:

Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. Find the malware and select chrome-trash-icon

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Click chrome menu icon —> Settings —> Search —> Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but your normal search engines. Open Settings —>On Start up —>Open a specific page or set of pages —> Set pages and do the same there.


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) as well.


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.


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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:


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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.

In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:

DNS Settings

If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


It is important to note that the next few steps of our removal guide might turn out to be quite tricky and difficult for a lot of our readers. They are essential though if you are to successfully manually remove Error Code 0x80073b01 from your system. Note the highlighted text, because there is another option that we will discuss in a moment. If you manage to follow our instructions to the dot, then you should be ok to continue. Please be advised though that any mistake, even a small one might have devastating and sometimes irreversible effects on your rig. If you have any doubts at all about this, please stop now. As we mentioned there is another safer solution, and completely automated as a bonus. You might want to download and install a professional program to help with your malware problem.



Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.


Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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