Browser Redirect Virus

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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.

Any software piece which integrates with the users’ browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, etc.) and makes changes to its homepage, search engine or toolbars, in an attempt to spam the screen with various sorts of aggressive ads, pop-ups, page redirects and intrusive banners can be classified as a browser hijacker. On this page, we will discuss one particular representative of this software group called Virus, which often gets installed onto people’s computers as a browser add-on or a plugin and imposes changes similar to the ones mentioned above. It is possible that you might encounter this browser hijacking extension in many web locations and may unknowingly let it invade your default browser and fill it with irritating advertisements and potentially unwanted page redirects. That’s why, we find it important to familiarize you with its specifics and explain to you how to deal with it so that you don’t panic in case you face it. Virus is not a computer virus and does not pose any direct danger to your system but still its ad-generating and page-redirecting activities could be quite unwanted and sometimes they may expose you to real dangers such as Ransomware or Trojans. For this reason, in the paragraphs below, we have published a detailed Removal Guide which can help you remove the browser hijacker from your system and uninstall its irritating browser changes and pop-ups. As a bonus, you will also find some good tips on how to avoid such software and make sure that it does not come again. Virus – a tool for online money making

Many users, the moment they face a browser hijacking software, wonder what this obscure app is up to. And this is not surprising – a application like Virus could impose some unwanted changes in their browser (homepage, search engine, toolbars, redirects, etc.) without actually being authorized to do so. Fortunately, despite its intrusiveness, the primary purpose of most applications that have browser-hijacking traits is not to cause harm but to generate money through the ads they display. Such software is usually closely related to popular online advertising methods such as Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View. That’s why, you should not get surprised if Virus aggressively tries to redirect you to some sponsored pages or advertising content and make you click on it as much as possible. This is how the browser hijacker has been programmed to operate. 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).



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.


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!

Potential dangers that Virus may cause

Applications like Virus are normally seen as nothing more than online advertising tools and many of the cyber security professionals do not see any real danger in these pieces of software. However, the fact that browser hijackers can initiate some activities (be it ad-generation, page redirection or browser modification) without the users’ approval could be quite bothering. Despite its harmless nature, it is not excluded that Virus may potentially display some shady or compromised ads. What is more, without control over the automatic redirects which this software may generate, the users may land on obscure or illegal web pages, the content of which might be infected with viruses like Ransomware or Trojans. Most of the time, this is not the case yet the risk exists. Not to mention that even if you don’t come across malware transmitters, most probably your normal web surfing will be disrupted significantly and you may face issues such as ads interruptions, browser crashes, freezing of the screen or sluggishness which can slow down your browsing and affect your overall web experience. So, if you want to avoid any annoying browsing issues and unwanted exposure to inappropriate or potentially dangerous content, it is best to consider uninstalling applications like Virus on time.

How Virus spreads and how to avoid it?

Since applications like Virus are used for profits generation and aggressive online promotion, most browser hijacker developers try to get their application installed onto as many computers as possible. For this reason, they often use various stealthy installation methods such as software bundling in order to earn more and more income from the clicks on the ads generated by their annoying products. Typically, the ad-generating applications are distributed as free additions to the installer of other popular software or via automatic installation managers, torrents, ads, free download links and email messages. That’s why it is really important to always check for the presence of added bundled components in every software piece that you intend to install. It takes no more than a couple of seconds to click on the Advanced/Custom installation menu and, if anything there seems unwanted, remove it by unmarking the related checkbox. This way, no additional software will get installed on your computer, except for the main program.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some unwanted changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine may take place without your approval.
Distribution Method Mostly found in software bundles of other popular programs, as well as torrents, automatic installation managers, free download links, ads. 
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