“Virus” Removal (September 2018 Update)

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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.

Browser hijackers are pieces of potentially unwanted software, which are not typically considered to be hazardous or malicious. They normally operate as advertising tools and are not intended to cause harm to your system. A typical representative of this software category is “Virus”  – it is a recently detected browser hijacker, which usually can integrate itself within Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or other popular browsers. The moment it becomes part of the system and browser, this program may cause some strange activity inside your default browsing program. For instance, it may initiate a page redirecting service which may load some unfamiliar webpages on your screen without your permission or it may begin generating various types of ads, pop-ups, and banners, which may be quite intrusive. You may also notice the presence of a new homepage, a search engine or a new toolbar, which has suddenly replaced your default settings. On this page, we are going to show you how to deal with all that and remove the potentially unwanted changes in a fast and reliable way. Make sure you check out the instructions in the Removal Guide below and uninstall “Virus”with their help. “Virus”

Is “Virus”  a dangerous program and could it pose risks to my PC?

Advertising pieces of software, such as “Virus” , can indeed appear on your PC surprisingly and can take over your browser when you least expect it. However, luckily, the contamination with such software shouldn’t typically lead to any serious issues if you remain careful around it. It could be really annoying though. Most of the time, the browser hijacker might really get on the nerves of the affected users because of the browser changes it may impose and the constant ads generation and redirecting activity it may initiate. Despite that, this software shouldn’t be capable of conducting activities that an actual computer virus could perform. Infections, caused by threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and similar viruses could result in serious issues such as file encryption, data theft, system corruption, personal or professional espionage and other illegal and harassing activities. “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  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  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove  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!

But if the browser hijackers are not viruses, why so many people want to remove them?

The main reason for someone to want to uninstall a piece of software like “Virus” is not the fear of some actual danger, but rather the irritation and disturbance that the hijacker causes to their normal web browsing activity. From the moment it becomes part of the system, this software, might be able to redirect the web searches to certain sponsored web pages or commercials, which may not actually be  related to the real search results. You, as a user, may be forced to deal with various unfamiliar sites, web platforms full of annoying ads, pop-ups banners and suggested search results, and lose a lot of time trying to close or remove them in order to continue with your browsing session. The browser hijackers are usually programmed to operate this way because every time you click or visit a suggested page or an ad, displayed by them, this generates profits for the creators. Similarly, the more intensively “Virus” redirects you and promotes certain ads, websites, search engines, homepages, products and services, the greater the benefit for the people, who have created the program.

How to uninstall “Virus” and avoid such page-redirecting software in future?

Most of the advertising software (such as browser hijackers, adware and similar ad-generating applications) is legitimate and, therefore, could be found in many web locations. Programs like are openly advertised via different web pages, ads, email spam or bundled inside the installers of some other free programs, which the users can download from freeware or shareware platforms. Hijacker page-redirects usually get installed on your system thanks to one’s negligence, especially when the user runs new software setup packs and skips reading the EULA or customizing the installation process. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent and similar software from hijacking your browser and for that, you should always make use of the Custom or Advanced installation options every time you try to set up some new program on your system. The Quick or the Automatic installations, which the installation wizards usually suggest, may sometimes contain some preselected bundled components which if not unchecked manually may get installed by default.

As far as the removal process of the hijacker is concerned, this could easily be handled with the help of the instructions in the Removal Guide below. All you need to do is carefully follow the steps and make sure you delete the correct browser-hijacker elements. In case you need additional help with that, you can also use the professional removal tool suggested on this page. It can not only detect by performing a thorough system scan but it can also check your PC for some real threats such as Ransomware and Trojans.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This browser-redirecting software may conduct a page redirecting service, which may load some unfamiliar sites on your screen and it could also change your browser’s homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Different web pages, ads, email spam, and attachments or bundles and installers of some other free and attractive programs.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.

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