This page aims to help you remove “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser hijackers certainly aren’t among the most desirable software types out there. Anyone who has ever had anything to do with these programs will surely agree with this statement. We’ve dedicated this article to breaking down all there is to know about browser hijackers in general, but also about a specific representative of this software category – “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.”. “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” is one of the latest browser hijackers to be released and we’ve been asked by numerous of our readers to provide a removal guide for this program. They have all described the typical hijacker symptoms that are all the same for any popular browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge or another. A changed homepage and a newly set default search engine will be the first indication of “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.”’s presence in your system, in addition to the frequent page redirects that tend to follow. Read on to get a better understanding of what this hijacker is doing on your PC and at the end we will show you how to quickly and easily remove it, together with all the obnoxious changes that it has imposed on your browser.
What browser hijackers do and why
Programs like “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” are primarily focused on providing exposure for various products, services and websites by means of online advertising in the form of banners, box messages, popups, in-text links and similar materials. Obviously, the vendors and distributors of these services and goods benefit from this, because they will potentially gain more customers. On the other hand, however, there are the browser hijacker developers, who also benefit from this whole process. Thanks to the Pay Per Click scheme, which is a popular remuneration and system and online business model, they can profit from the paid clicks on all the different box messages, banners and popups that keep on seeping onto your screen. However, there are a few points that need to be made in regards to this system, because it’s not as crystal clear as you might think.
The main issue that both security experts and regular users tend to have with it is the fact that programs like “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” often have access to your browser’s history, meaning they can view all sorts of browsing-related info. They would mainly be after things like your latest online search queries, as these would give them better perspective on the type of content you’re currently interested in. They can then alter their ads flow to match your preferences, or in other words, the hijacker will then begin to display ads that match your estimated preferences. The problem here is that this is quite obviously a privacy violation. And while these programs cannot gain access to sensitive or personal information, the browsing data that they can obtain can later be sold to various other marketers and third parties – hardly a desirable outcome.
And if that’s not enough for you to want to get rid of this program – there’s more. For one, the presence of a hijacker like “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” can easily impact your PC’s productivity and even directly affect its speed. Due to the sometimes overly intense ad generating that goes on indefinitely in the background, “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” can put a strain on your PC’s resources and therefore start causing annoying issues, such as slowdowns, crashes, lags, etc. On rare occasions, things might even get as bad as leading to system crashes and BSOD. But there’s even more serious potential consequences to be considered, such as the risk of being exposed to actual viruses and threats of the ranks of ransomware, Trojans, spyware and others. These are by no means to be taken lightly and an infection could occur, for example, by bumping into the wrong online ad. Cyber criminals often use online ads, which they convert to malvertsiements (malicious advertisements) by injecting them with the malicious scripts of different viruses. As a result, these compromised ads become contagious transmitters of the malware in question and one click on them is often all it takes to get infected. With that in mind we would strongly recommend avoiding contact with any online ads that you may see, as visually it’s impossible to distinguish the legitimate ones from those that could potentially harm you. With all this in mind, you’re probably eager to finally get down to the removal process, for which you may use the below guide.
|Name||“Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Usually numerous ads within your default browser, as well frequent page redirects to various sponsored pages.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles that you can download from various open source download platforms, file-sharing and torrent sites.|
“Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” 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.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” successfully!
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:
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.
Remove “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Your computer is infected. You have to check it with antivirus.” 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.
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 - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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!