Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal Chrome/Firefox/IE

If your normal web browsing is disturbed by a never ending flow of ads, pop-ups, banners, page redirects and some strange new toolbar, search engine or a homepage, then most probably a program like “Virus” has invaded your browser. This program is a browser hijacker – a type of software, famous for its aggressive advertising messages and the potentially unwanted modifications it may impose to your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or any other browser that you might be using. Having such software on your computer may not be as dangerous as having a virus or Ransomware infection, but may surely be related to some issues. In the next lines, we are going to explain them and we are also going to give you a free removal guide, which contains detailed instructions on how to safely remove “Virus”, in case that you feel like uninstalling it. So, take a look at what we have prepared below and don’t miss any of the information that we have shared.

Why is “Virus” causing you browsing disturbance?

There are many programs (especially free ones), which may have some ad-generating functionalities and may use your browser’s screen to display various promotional messages. These programs are generally classified as browser hijackers and “Virus” is a typical representative. This type of software may not really provide some specific useful functionality to the users and more often than not may cause them some browsing disturbance. For instance, “Virus” is able to replace the browser’s homepage or search engine with some sponsored one, install a new toolbar or initiate constant search redirects, which may land the users on various advertising sites full of pop-ups, nagging banners, and blinking boxes. The reason behind this rather invasive behavior of the hijacker is the strive of its developers to generate income from sponsored clicks through Pay-Per-Click campaigns or some paid ads positioning. This strive usually results in the almost unstoppable generation of advertising materials, sponsored promotional links, offers, and sites all over the users’ screen, which may lead to frequent browsing disturbance, irritation, and interruption of the normal web surfing experience. The good news is that this activity can easily be removed if the users uninstall the browser hijacker that causes it and in the removal guide below, we are going to show you exactly how to do that.

What to do if “Virus” is disturbing your browsing?

Many people get confused with the aggressive behavior of the browser hijacker and often mistake it for a virus. Some even may refer to it as a malware, because they feel invaded and cannot recall how this software has become part of their system. However, fortunately, neither “Virus” nor any other browser hijacker can be accused of malicious actions. This type of software does not contain harmful scripts and is not meant to attack you the way that a real virus or malware from the Trojan-Ransomware type would do. What is more, the browser hijacker does not infect you. You usually willingly install it on your PC along with some other software, which contains it in its bundle. The thing is that you may not always be clearly notified about that unless you manually check the installer and customize it through the advanced/custom options.

To some users, the never ending stream of ads, redirects and browser changes, initiated by “Virus”, may indeed be really irritating, that’s why if this program disturbs their browsing, it is best to remove it completely. But all in all, the browser hijacker is legitimate software and cannot destroy your system, involve you in some cybercrime or cause you major harm. Exposing you to undesired ads and pages that you don’t know, however, may hide some risks. They are not directly related to the program itself, but more to the web locations you may land on and the safety of their content. Catching a virus from some fake redirecting link or a compromised ad is a rare, but possible scenario that you should keep in mind. Also, you should know that the developers may use the browser hijacker to collect data about your online activity. This is done generally with marketing purposes but can be viewed also as a privacy violation by some people. So, if “Virus” really disturbs you, use the instructions in the removal guide below to safely uninstall it and get rid of all of its nagging ads and questionable activities. “Virus” Removal

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.


Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.


Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.


Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.


Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.


Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.


Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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