Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal Chrome/Firefox/IE

The article below represents a quick but thorough overview of “Virus”. Generally speaking, this piece of software falls into the browser hijacker category. In case this term is new to you, the programs classified as such could have the ability to:

  • Contaminate your PC in a rather confusing and tricky way. Nonetheless, they might just AFFECT only your browser apps, also the most popular ones- Firefox, Explorer, Opera and Chrome;
  • The way such a program could affect your browsers is by modifying them in one or more different ways.You might start noticing a great number of possibly unwanted pop-ups every time you try to open a website. The homepage and search engine typical for your browser could get replaced by new, usually absolutely unfamiliar ones. While you are surfing the web, some redirecting processes may take place. It is very likely to be sent to websites, which you hadn’t intended to load. Browser Redirect

Briefly speaking, these are the basic characteristics of any browser hijacker. For more specific ones, please continue reading the paragraphs below.

Is “Virus” really able to ‘hijack’ your system or your files?

Although this program causes some irritating redirecting and some even more annoying banner and pop-up ads, “Virus” is relatively harmless and has been created for implementing successful promotion campaigns of diverse goods, apps, programs and/or websites. Actually, its developers could earn some substantial profits from the people who need to advertise a product or a service online and need such programs to help them. Furthermore, no hijacker version may EVER access anything on your PC apart from the browser apps and their history records. No other data will be available to such software and, as a result, these programs cannot damage your computer in any way.

May browser hijackers sometimes act in a suspicious way?

As we have told you in the paragraphs above, no damaging or dangerous activities might ever result from the presence of a browser hijacker inside your system. However, some of its features may be regarded as a little suspicious. For example, if “Virus” is able to access your browser apps history, it may base its new advertising campaigns and redirecting processes on the data about your latest searches. Such activity is neither illegal, nor is it harmful. Nevertheless, some users might still see it as more intrusive than what is acceptable. What’s more, most hijackers may get distributed in a rather tricky way. As expected, no user will ever willingly agree with the installation of such an annoying program. Consequently, the hijacker creators have to be full of creative ideas so as to be able to spread their irritating programs legally. This manner of transporting software includes fooling the victim user into unknowingly authorizing such a hijacker to be installed.

Usually, such a way of tricking people into installing programs like “Virus” may be successfully achieved by mingling browser hijackers with new interesting games and apps, and creating so-called software bundles. Afterwards, such a bundle is normally accessible for all users on the web for free, which results in many of them downloading it. Nonetheless, downloading a bundle doesn’t automatically mean infecting the machine with a hijacker. Nevertheless, selecting the wrong installation method could result in contamination. The installer options most likely to end with an infection are: the “Default”/ “Automatic”/ “Quick” or the „Easy” one. All of these should always be ignored to make sure that no ad-generating program gets installed on your PC together with the other, often useful, programs. Ultimately, ensure that you choose one of the appropriate wizard features – the CUSTOMIZED/ CUSTOM and the ADVANCED ones. In this way you will control the entire installation process and choose what enters your system and what stays out.

What makes us so sure “Virus” doesn’t represent a malicious program?

We can say for certain that you are not fighting a virus, because most malware shows some distinctive dangerous traits. More precisely, you are having an issue with a program, which is often considered potentially unwanted, but greatly differs from the famous viruses (Trojans and Ransomware). Any Trojan or Ransomware installs itself automatically on your device and then accesses your entire system. Knowing even these small details, you can logically conclude that “Virus” in no way resembles any known virus. The Removal Guide below is our suggestion when it comes to removing this annoying hijacker. The steps there are carefully prepared to achieve that purpose. “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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