“Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus”
“Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” is a browser hijacker that integrates with popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Programs like “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” are known for redirecting web searches to sponsored websites and spamming the screen with various ads, banners, and pop-ups.
If you’ve recently noticed some troubling changes that have taken place inside your web browser, then stay with us to learn about their most likely source. Whether you are using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, or another popular web browser, you’ve probably detected a new homepage or some unfamiliar search engine. You’ve probably also experienced some strange redirects to websites filled with aggressive pop-ups, banners, box messages, and colorful ads. Fortunately, these are not symptoms of an infection with some mysterious virus or malware like a Ransomware or a Trojan. The source of these browser modifications is a browser hijacker called “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus”. In the next lines, we will give you more information about the nature of this software and we will provide you with a removal guide to help you remove the unwanted program and uninstall its changes from any browser that might have been affected.
What is a browser hijacker?
The browser hijackers are programs designed to integrate with popular web browsers in order to promote certain websites, products, and services. In other words, the browser hijackers advertise specific items on the users’ screen during their web browsing sessions. In order to do that, these programs typically install some helper components (such as a new homepage, a sponsored search engine, a custom toolbar, etc.) that “hijack” the browser’s activity and automatically redirect the users’ searches to the pages that need promoting. Since you are on this page, you’ve probably already noticed how invasive and strategically positioned the commercials on your screen are. This is done to ensure that you eventually click on as many ads as possible and land on the pre-defined pages.
But that’s not the only tactic, programs like “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” and Humisnee employ to advertise more effectively. Such pieces of software may often keep track of your web browsing history, your search queries and the pages you frequently visit in order to match its ads with your interests. Based on the collected information, the hijacker tries to “guess” what kind of ads could potentially draw your attention and then it fills your screen with them.
Some people may find this activity as helpful as they may land on an ad that is promoting the exact product or service they have been looking for. Others, however, may land on ads promoting some low-quality products or questionable offers which may trick them into downloading virus-infected content.
This is the reason why, in general, many people don’t trust browser hijackers and seek ways to quickly uninstall them from their computers. As a matter of fact, your device is unlikely to get harmed by a program like “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” because, apart from spamming you with advertisements, this software can’t hack into your web camera or microphone like a Trojan infection or encrypt your data like a Ransomware virus. However, if you just don’t want to see pay-per-click adverts every single time you open your web browser, we’ve prepared a step-by-step removal guide below to help you remove the unwanted program.
|Name||“Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The typical symptoms include a change in the browser’s homepage or the main search engine and a constant page-redirecting activity.|
|Distribution Method||Browser hijackers can often be bundled in different free software installation packages, free download managers, torrents, spam messages and ads.|
Remove “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” Pop up
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Open IE, click
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to
Remove “Your computer is infected with a dangerous virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click
Remove “Your computer is infected with a dangerous 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 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—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!