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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...

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.

Despite not being as dangerous as viruses or as other harmful malware types such as Spyware and Ransomware, the representatives of the browser hijacker software category should not be underestimated and even if an app like that isn’t actively trying to harm your computer, it’s still better if you remove it from your system rather then allowing it to freely operate on it. Here, we will show you how you could do that regarding a browser hijacker named but before we get to the actual uninstallation part, let us tell you something more about browser hijackers…

Random redirects to advertising-oriented pages, generation of ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen and unwanted modifications to the starting page, to the toolbar or to the search engine to popular browsing programs like Firefox, Chrome, Edge and even Safari are likely annoying issues that sound familiar to you. After all, if you are reading this, you are likely seeking a way to take care of the nagging app in which case at least some of the aforementioned symptoms are things you are currently struggling with. The good news is that if you do indeed have on your computer and in your browser at the moment, as scary as some of its effects might seem, your computer shouldn’t actually be in any immediate danger. The bad news is that the only guaranteed way to make the annoying ads and the unpleasant changes to your browser go away is to get rid of the hijacker that is responsible for them.

For a regular user who hasn’t faced a hijacker like this one before, removing may not be the easiest of tasks. However, with the help of the guide below and the automatic removal tool available on this page, the removal and full uninstallation of the nagging hijacker shouldn’t be all that difficult.

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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.

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More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Please review SpyHunter's EULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. Keep in mind, only SpyHunter’s scanner is free. If it detects a malware, you'll need to purchase its full version to remove it.

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.

Make sure you don’t allow the ads to keep on showing on your screen!

Sure, isn’t a Ransomware cryptovirus that can lock up all personal data you keep on your PC or an insidious Trojan that could steal important information from the computer or make the machine totally unusable but it is also not a piece of software that we would advise you to keep inside your system unless you want to risk getting exposed to questionable online content. From fake offers or overpriced products that you may get tricked into purchasing to all sorts of online scams and even potentially hazardous and malware-infested sites and phishing pages, there’s no end to the kinds of unreliable content that may get displayed on your screen if you keep a hijacker on your computer. Note that the purpose of the hijacker itself isn’t to make you the victim to some nasty scam or to expose your machine to Trojans or other malicious threats but the possibility of this happening in spite of the intended non-harmful purpose of the hijacker is real and should therefore not be underestimated.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying web prompts, banners, random ads and unwanted changes to your browser as well as any other form of browsing disturbance can be a potential symptom.
Distribution MethodHijackers mostly get distributed through installation bundling and via spam message campaigns.

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.

  • Daniel

    December 14, 2018 #1 Author

    Is it possible this my-love has infected my iphone? This link was send via whatsapp without using web.whatsapp. If so, how do i remove this?


    • Daniel Sadakov

      December 14, 2018 #2 Author

      It is nearly impossible to infect an iphone. Just don’t open the links from your computer.


  • Marina

    December 16, 2018 #3 Author

    Can an android phone be infected by this virus?


  • Marina

    December 16, 2018 #4 Author

    Can an android phone be infected by this virus?


    • Daniel Sadakov

      December 17, 2018 #5 Author

      Maybe not a virus but there is a chance that you may have given permission to some apps that are not trustworthy.


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