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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.

In case that you have recently been facing difficulties trying to deal with sudden page-redirects, aggressive ads, pop-ups and banners all over your screen whenever your browser is in use, then the chances are that your browser might have been hijacked by an application called The browser hijacker applications like this one are not something too serious to worry about but they typically tend to make some changes to the main browser, which may be potentially unwanted. For instance, they may install some new toolbars, search engines, homepage URLs and buttons or force your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another browser to spam you with various advertisements during your regular web surfing. They may also be a source of frequent page-redirects to random sites and unfamiliar sales platforms or sketchy offers, the reliability of which may be questionable to say the least. Due to these reasons, the browser hijackers are considered to be potentially unwanted applications and most security experts, including our “How to remove” team, advise the users with “Virus” or any other hijacker on their systems to uninstall the pesky software. Luckily, in most of the cases, you don’t need the help of a computer professional to remove applications like They can be effectively uninstalled with the help of a removal guide like the one below or with a professional removal tool.

Is “Virus”different from a virus?

There are many applications on the Internet, which may cause disturbance to the web users and their computers – from not too harmful viruses to advanced malicious pieces of software like Trojans and Ransomware. The consequences from the activities of such computer threats may vary a lot – from data theft, file corruption, system destruction, espionage and blackmailing to many other types of online fraud. Applications like, however, lack the malicious abilities of these threats. They fall in the category of the so-called browser hijackers and in most of the cases, they are not programmed to cause damage to your system in any way. Still, despite not being actual viruses, the browser hijackers may be a source of browsing disturbance, unwanted ads interruptions and aggressive exposure to the sponsored content of some third-parties.

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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.

Here are some commonly encountered issues that may be caused by applications like and could give the users a good reason to uninstall such pieces of software from their computer:

  • Frequent automatic page-redirects to random pages.
  • Browser changes which may include the installation of new toolbars, tools, buttons, search engine or homepage replacements.
  • Browser sluggishness, unresponsiveness of the searches.
  • Frequent ads interruptions, exposure to irrelevant or undesired offers, pop-ups and banners.
  • Spontaneous freezing of the screen and browser crashes.
  • Background traffic data collection.

Even if you are not experiencing all of these issues right now, it is a good idea to take a look at the instructions in the removal guide that our team has prepared above because, at some point, you may need them. Most browser hijackers tend to behave aggressively in their attempts to promote certain sponsored advertisements. That’s why it is not excluded that they may start to spam your screen and to disturb your normal web surfing when you least expect it. To prevent that, simply follow the steps or scan your PC with the professional removal tool which can easily deal with browser hijackers like this one as well as with much more serious threats like Spyware, Rootkits and Trojans.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The typical symptoms include frequent ads interruptions, page redirects, browser changes and sluggishness. 
Distribution MethodMost commonly found inside free program bundles, torrents, free download links, ads and spam. 

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.

  • Becky Harris

    December 18, 2018 #1 Author

    Hi a friend of mine sent me a Happy New Year in advance message and it asks you to click on the gift. It then opens a poem with your friends name at the top, you scroll down the message and it says at the bottom to add your name then press go. This then generates the same message but with your name on top. My daughter said it was a scam and that I shouldn’t have opened it and that now scammers could see everything I do on my iPhone. Is this true and should I be worried? The friend who sent it said he got it from a work colleague and that he’d sent it to other friends and they’d opened it with no problems. Please help, I’m worried sick. What should I do?


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