Remove Pop-up Ad “Virus”

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.

There’s certainly no shortage of unwanted, annoying and dangerous forms of software on the Internet and keeping those away from your computer is essential if you wish your system to remain clean and safe. One category of software known as browser hijackers, the representatives of which are typically regarded as unwanted, is what we are going to be focusing on throughout the next line. The browser hijacker category (also known browser-redirects) is well known for its invasive and irritating behavior and activities once it gets installed on a given computer. In most cases, a browser hijacker wouldn’t really function as a separate piece of software. Instead, hijackers typically get added to browsers like IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox in order to flood them with intrusive advertisements and page-redirects and also to make changes to the default settings, the search engine tool, the homepage and the new-tab page addresses, the toolbar as well as to other components of the targeted browser. In most cases, your computer should not get harmed by that since the purpose of a typical browser hijacker app doesn’t normally have anything to do with damaging the user’s system. Despite this, it’s important to remember that such software should not be kept on your computer for a number of reasons. The most obvious reason are the ads and the pesky page-redirects that you are likely to experience with such a software on your computer. “Virus”, for example, is one hijacker app that was recently released and that is currently on the computers of many users (likely on yours too). In fact, you have probably come here looking for a way to stop the invasive ads and redirects that are swarming your screen due to the presence of  “Virus” inside your browser. If that’s the case, we can help you with this type of problem – the guide that follows has all the info you may need to take care of the irritating hijacker.

Computer security

Even if is not some virus or a malware infection such as a Trojan, a Spyware program or a noxious Ransomware cryptovirus, it’s surely not a software piece that is pleasant to have on your computer. We already mentioned the irritation that’s likely to come from its advertisements. One other thing that users tend to oftentimes forget about, however, is the risks that may come from the uncontrollable generation of commercial materials and page-redirects on your browser screen. Aside from being irritating, these ad-generating activities may sometimes be hazardous and here’s why:

As you should already know, viruses, Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits and other harmful programs oftentimes get distributed through online requests, prompts, pop-ups and other similar content. The ads generated by may not typically be hazardous but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that some of them may be linked with sketchy web addresses that contain some form of malware. This is yet another reason why the removal of is advisable and why we urge you to make use of our guide.

Remove Pop up “Virus”

Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.

The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.

Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders

Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.

For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.

Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.


Step 1: Checking the Task Manager

Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.

Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.


Step 2: Disabling Startup programs

Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.

Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.

Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s

Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]

Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers

You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:


Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.

You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.


Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.


Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.


Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.

Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor

Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for in your PC’s Registry.


Step 7: Deleting recent entries

For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.

Step 8: System Restore

In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.

  • If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
  1. Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
  2. Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
  3. Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
  4. Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
  5. Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
  6. Click on next and take and then select Finish.
  7. A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.

Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset

Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.

Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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