“Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” Removal Guide

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This page aims to help you remove “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Basically, being a victim of a browser hijacker called “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” means to have experienced and still experience some or all of the symptoms, discussed below:

  • As such a program normally affects only your browser apps, their default search engines and homepages may get substituted with some new ones, which are often strange or unfamiliar to you. Furthermore, no browser version is considered immune against the effects of “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” – neither Firefox, nor Explorer or Chrome.;
  • Actually, “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” is a representative of the Browser Hijacker Category, which makes it an impeccable marketing instrument. All this means that the production of many advertisements (banners, pop-ups, boxes) is one of its basic functions.;
  • One more very important component of the nature of “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” is its ability to redirect you to possibly strange webpages that you have never heard of once the program has infected your device.

After getting informed about its probable features, you could be thinking  “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” is a form of a malicious program.

Nonetheless, “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” has NEVER been classified as a member of any currently existing virus category:

As a normal browser hijacker, “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” might be considered a potentially unwanted program as it may have the ability to greatly irritate the victim users by displaying different in forms, shapes and sizes pop-up ads, or by substituting their top search engines, or by leading to suspicious web pages.

Surprising as it may sound; all of the functions above are not harmful and cannot identify “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” as a virus. Typically, the actual versions of malware perform something malicious or illegal like copying, trading with or exploiting some of your private credentials (account, banking details) to extort money from you or rob you in other ways. What’s more, malicious programs like Ransomware, for example, are used by their creators (hackers) for encoding some of your vital data, and after that- blackmailing you into paying for getting this data back. “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” CANNOT do anything even slightly similar to that because it is not malicious in any way.

If “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” cannot sneak into your computer, how do you catch it?

First of all, you should be aware of the distribution methods such programs use in order to fully understand the contamination process.

In fact, “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” can get spread inside plenty of potential sources: shareware webpages, torrents, video-streaming web sites, or contagious web pages. However, the distribution method which is normally exploited when we talk about browser hijackers is program bundling.

Through the process called program bundling developers make the aforementioned bundles – groups of programs, which get distributed together for free. Such mixes could include games, hijackers, Adware, etc.  

Still, the installation of such a bundle, not its download can lead to contamination. It is very important that you should learn to get any piece of software installed on your PC in the most efficient way.

Actually, many users tend to skip that part of incorporating any program into their systems. It is essential to always select the RIGHT installation feature, as by doing so you will minimize the risk of getting your computer contaminated with something, even Ransomware.

The proper option of the wizard that we advise you to always select goes with the following names: Advanced or Custom (sometimes Customized).  By choosing such a feature, you get to choose how to install a bundle and what exactly from it you need.

In this way you will still use the program you want, however,  you will not get annoyed by any browser changes or ads. The other installation possibilities must be avoided as they don’t give enough details about the content of any bundle – they are most often named ‘the Default’, ‘the Automatic’ or ‘the Quick’.

Why do such programs as “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” are created in the first place?

The programs known as hijackers are typically harmless and just serve the marketing industry. Their creators get paid to create software which can successfully advertise a product or a service, a search engine, or a particular web page. That’s why programs like “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” exist.

A safe way to get this hijacker removed:

In order to remove this program and stop being irritated by it, go to our Guide for Uninstalling “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus”. The steps there should help you do that.



Name “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser apps may get altered: the appearance of ads and redirection processes might be invoked.
Distribution Method Bundles mostly; also inside torrents, spam, shareware and contagious web pages.
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.

“Your chrome browser is infected with a 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 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 “Your chrome browser is infected with a 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 “Your chrome browser is infected with a virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Your chrome browser is infected with a 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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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!

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