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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...

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. “Virus” is the name of a recently reported browser hijacker for browsers like Chrome and Firefox which has recently been creating a lot of browsing disturbance for a big number of users. This application normally promotes itself as a browser add-on which could provide you with a free of charge functionality and better browsing experience. However, the people who have it installed on their system complain from some rather irritating and potentially unwanted browser changes, intrusive ads generation and automatic page-redirects to various unfamiliar websites. Unfortunately, there is nothing you could do about these changes and the nagging stream of pop-ups, banners and promotional links on your screen while “Virus” is still active, because, as a typical browser hijacker, this app is programmed to operate in this way until it gets removed. Its creators use it as an online advertising tool which is set to install some sponsored homepages, search engine tools and toolbars on your default browser and to stream certain pay-per-click commercials or paid page-redirects to specific websites. Naturally, this is done for Pay-Per-Click profits and has nothing to do with any criminal activity. However, it could greatly reduce the overall web surfing experience and create a lot of irritation and disturbance to the users. Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer are usually the ones that get most affected by this software because they are the most popular, but this doesn’t mean that other browsing apps cannot get hijacked.

If you’ve landed on this page because “Virus’ has taken over your default browsing program, then, you may be more than interested in reading the information that follows. Here, we will share the exact steps that you need to take in order to safely remove the unwanted application. What is more, our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed removal guide with screenshots and an automatic “Virus” removal tool for those of you who find it difficult to deal with the browser hijacker on their own. Luckily, this software is not as stealthy as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus and that’s why we believe that the methods that we have provided will be more than enough to help you get rid of the hijacker’s components once and for all. If you don’t want to face similar disturbances again, though, do read the article to the end, as down below you will find useful prevention and protection tips for the safety of your system.

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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.

Is malicious?

It is common for the web users to confuse applications such as for viruses or some sort of malicious software which seeks to harm their system. However, the browser hijackers, as annoying as they could be, are mostly not capable of directly harming your computer. Thus, calling them viruses is incorrect and inaccurate. Still, the security specialists classify such pieces of software as potentially unwanted due to a couple of reasons. One of them is the ability of the hijackers to make changes to the users’ browser without asking for approval. Another good reason to consider the uninstallation of such applications is their ability to collect “traffic data” from your browser and to analyze your searches. Such activity is solely marketing oriented and aims to optimize the ads that the hijacker can display on your screen and make them more appealing so that you can click on them. However, you may have no option to opt out from this traffic data collection and, when launched in the background, such an activity may eat up a fair share of your system’s resources for the needs of some third-party marketers instead of your needs. This may ,naturally, affect the speed and the performance of your computer. It may also contribute to various issues with the hijacked browser such as sluggishness, unresponsiveness and sudden crashes, which could greatly decrease the quality of your overall web experience. That’s why, even though an application like is not as nasty as a Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse infection, it is advisable to uninstall it from your PC before it makes your browsing totally impossible. The best way to get rid of it in such a way so that it won’t appear again is to follow the instructions above in a combination with the professional removal tool that has been linked inside the guide.

Keep in mind, though, that you can land a browser hijacker again if you are not careful. That’s why we advise you to stay away from its most common sources which normally include sketchy ads, spam messages, torrents, free download links and browser apps as well as different free application bundles and automatic installers. Also, always pay attention to the software that you install on your PC and opt for the advanced/manual/custom settings when installing application bundles. The reason is,  in most of the cases, software components such as might be hidden inside as some bonus elements added to the installer of some other software and if you don’t customize the setup so as to leave them out, they may become part of your system by default.


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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