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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.

A particularly unpleasant browser application named “Virus”  might be the most probable reason for your recent browser-related issues. If you have this piece of software installed on your PC, you are very likely to experience potentially unwanted modifications in your browser’s homepage or search engine settings, automatic page-redirects and constant ads and pop-ups disturbances during your web surfing sessions. This is not a behavior caused by some sort of insidious computer virus (such as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware infection), but the result of the advertising activities of a browser hijacker inside your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser. Luckily, the browser hijackers are relatively harmless pieces of software, that’s why you should not get panicked if you have “Virus”on your PC. However, the longer you let it operate on your system, the more you will have to deal with its highly intrusive and irritating ads, page-redirects and undesired browser changes. What is more, despite not being malicious on its own, such software may contribute to your exposure to security hazards by making you interact with sketchy ads, redirect links and shady web locations. The main issue that most computer users complain about is their inability to browse the web in peace due to the never-ending stream of aggressive pop-ups, banners, pay-per-click ads and sponsored links, which frequently get displayed on their screens. Unfortunately, this is what browser hijackers like are programmed to do because they operate as online advertising tools. Their primary goal is to promote certain stuff on your monitor and to make you click on whatever is getting advertised. Such software is helpful for dozens of online advertisers and vendors, who try to draw traffic and clicks to their websites as well as for the developers of such apps, who usually earn revenue on a pay-per-click basis. The end users, however, may hardly find any benefit in keeping the browser hijacker on their machines. That’s why, it is understandable why there are a lot of people who actively seek methods to uninstall applications like “Virus”and to permanently remove their ads. If you are one of those people, we suggest you take a look at the instructions in the removal guide below or make use of the professional removal tool which could scan your system for potentially unwanted applications and help you get rid of them without any risk for 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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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.

Even if an application like cannot harm your system in a serious way (e.g. corrupt your OS like a Trojan horse or encrypt your files like a Ransomware, etc.), letting it operate on your PC for long could get particularly annoying. Not only might it become difficult for you to navigate through the dozens of pop-up ads and banners that may appear on your screen, but reaching the web locations that you actually desire may become impossible or at least really difficult due to automatic page-redirects. There is no need to explain how irritating this could possibly be. However, it is very important to explain the potential risks that may come from such an activity. As you may know, the Internet is an amazing space full of useful, interesting and entertaining information but also some very malicious types of content. is an application which might eventually expose you to such content if you are not careful with what you click on and what websites you land on. More so, in most of the cases, you may not have direct control over the random ads and the links that may get displayed on your screen thanks to this software. Thus, the risk of bumping into something harmful and putting your computer in danger may greatly increase if you let the hijacker operate in the system. That’s why it is generally advisable to uninstall the ad-generating and page-redirecting app instead of allowing it to mess with your browsing and stream unreliable adverts on your monitor.

Protection from potentially unwanted apps

You can keep your PC free from intrusive and undesirable applications such as if you avoid interaction with web content which might deliver potentially unwanted software on your PC. This includes but is not limited to spam messages, email attachments, different sketchy ads and free download links, torrents, automatic installers and shady-looking browser add-ons. It is also very important to pay attention when you install new software on your system because, in most of the cases, different free components and bonus applications could be bundled inside the given setup. That’s why you should never overlook the Terms and Conditions agreement and carefully check for optional installs which could be set for installation by default. You can usually disable them by selecting the Advanced/Custom setup settings when they are available. So, never miss the chance to manually make your preferred settings and remove any undesirable components before giving your permission for the installation to complete.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Various nagging ads and pop-ups may take over your screen when you try to use your browser.
Distribution MethodThis program could be distributed via program bundles, free installation kits, ads, spam, torrents, freeware, shareware and more.

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.

  • JAcob

    December 16, 2018 #1 Author

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  • Pedro

    December 16, 2018 #3 Author

    It did not work with me, please help me


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