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Browser hijackers or, as some experts may refer to them, browser redirects are pieces of software that are similar to the extensions that you... Remove “Virus” (Firefox/Chrome/IE)
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Browser hijackers or, as some experts may refer to them, browser redirects are pieces of software that are similar to the extensions that you may have in your browser right now. However, there is one very important difference between the two and that is the fact that the representatives of the browser hijacker category are regarded as unwanted and sometimes potentially hazardous. This is because, once they enter a given browser and become part of it, they start to initiate page-redirect activities and to show all sorts of obscure ads on the computer screen. Oftentimes some of these ads may originate from sketchy and unreliable sites with unsafe content. Also, changes may be made to the default homepage or the search engine that you use in the browser. Since most of those apps are multi-compatible and do not differentiate between different browsers, you can get them on Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other popular browser. Some users may try uninstalling and then re-installing their browser or may be installing some other one in attempts to rid themselves of the hijacker but the only truly effective way of handling a situation like this is to remove the pesky app from your computer with the help of a specialized and reliable removal tool for such unwanted software. One such tool you can find in the guide that we’ve posted below. The guide itself contains specific instructions on how to manually locate the files and settings related to a hijacker named on your computer and remove them so as to get rid of the annoying app. In case “Malware” is the exact hijacker that brought you to this page and you think you can complete the guide on your own, you are free to do so in order to uninstall the invasive software and make sure its components are removed from your browser.

Remember to protect your computer from apps like “Virus”

Most users get such hijackers as well as more dangerous pieces of software like Spyware or Ransomware or Trojans due to their carelessness online. Clicking on “You won a prize” pop-ups, downloading stuff from pirate sites and visiting adult sites is always risky as it hides risks such as getting your computer infected with Trojans or Ransomware cryptoviruses as well as with many other forms of malware. A hijacker like “Virus” is actually not something all that dangerous and you should be able to get rid of it pretty easily provided that you follow our instructions and/or use the suggested security tool.

Another method that may get a hijacker inside your computer is installing some software (normally free) without taking a look at its installer’s custom setup settings. This is where added hijacker installs can normally be found. If you ever see some added app in the custom settings for any program’s installer, uncheck it before moving forward if you are not sure whether or not this app is something that may be unwanted on your computer.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You have likely already noticed the ads that typically indicate that there is a hijacker inside the browser that is beig used at the moment.
Distribution MethodSometimes, installing another program may result in the installation of a hijacker if the unwanted app had been bundled with the said other program.

Remove “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

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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