How to Remove Virus from Chrome/Firefox/IE


In this article we are going to try and help you remove Virus. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc

A potentially unwanted program named Virus may be the probable reason of you landing on this page. This is a browser hijacker – one of those recently released – and in this guide we are going to discuss its specifics, its most common negative effects and the most effective ways to completely remove it from your system. You are probably eagerly looking on how to stop the annoying page redirects and uninstall the undesired changes that may have taken place to the homepage or the search engine of your Chrome, Firefox, or other default browser you are using. Don’t worry, because we are going to show you how to do that. With the help of the removal guide below, you will be able to easily delete Virus and all of its changes from your system. The best thing is that you don’t need to be a computer specialist to do that. Just make sure you carefully read the information that follows and strictly repeat the steps shown in the guide. Virus – a source of unstoppable advertisements

Software, known for its ability to redirect people’s web searches and impose various browsing-related changes to their browser is classified as a Browser hijacker. Virus is a typical representative of this software category, and most of the activities that you are probably facing with it are closely related to the browser hijackers’ main purpose – to display Pay-Per-Click advertisements. Serving as an online advertising tool, this type of software uses a quite aggressive method to expose the users to different sponsored ads. It usually replaces their browser’s homepage or changes their default search engine just to ensure that every time the users open their browser, they will be redirected to specific products, services or promotions. The major reason for all that is the revenue that the owners of the hijacking program receive, every time you click on the sponsored ads and redirects. Driven by desire for more profit, sometimes the owners use the browser hijacker to literally flood the users’ screens with annoying pop-ups, new tabs, banners, promotional links and sponsored web pages. This may heavily interfere with the users’ normal browsing, that’s why it is not surprising why most people, who are exposed to this kind of aggressive advertising activity, desperately seek for ways to remove the annoying program.

Is Virus as dangerous as a virus?

Fortunately, despite that a browser hijacker can be really irritating and intrusive, it cannot match the danger level of a virus or a malicious infection with Ransomware or a Trojan, for example. Basically, programs like Virus are legal pieces of software and none of their activities are aimed to do harm to your system or files. On the opposite side, real viruses are not only illegal, but they would definitely corrupt your data or the entire system, replicate, infect other devices, spy on you, blackmail you and whatnot. So, in terms of harmfulness, it will be wrong to refer to Virus as a virus and compare it to the damage capacity that Ransomware or a Trojan horse has.

However, a browser hijacker still cannot be trusted completely. Very often, programs of this type may employ various questionable techniques and intrusive advertising strategies to generate more income for their owners. For example, the Virus developers may use it to monitor your browsing queries, history and bookmakrs, and collect information about your online preferences and interests. Based on this data, they may show you more targeted advertisements and sponsored messages just to increase the chance of you clicking on them. There are a few other potentially unwanted consequences you may experience if you don’t uninstall Virus from your machine. Not only can your browser become quite sluggish and unresponsive to your searches, but your entire system may slow down due to the excessive amount of ads and pages that the browser hijacker tries to display. All in all, there would be hardly anything beneficial for you as a user, but you may need to daily go through a lot of frustration if you want to use your browser, unless you fully remove the browser hijacker from your system.

How to eliminate the browser hijacker and its traces?

The guide that we have prepared below is a quick and effective way to deal with Virus. Just make sure that you locate and delete the right browser hijacker files, because if you delete something else, your system may suffer. If you are not sure, you can use the professional Virus removal tool to scan your PC and detect the correct ones. We believe you won’t have any issues to get rid of the annoying hijacker, but if you still need any help, leave us a comment and we will be glad to help.. Virus Removal

Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.

  • To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.

WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.

#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel


Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:

  1. Navigate to your Desktop
  2. Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
  3. In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl

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  1. Go through the list of programs and find Virus or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option

WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!

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Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.

#2: Remove Virus From Chrome

Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Type chrome://extensions/  in the URL address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Virus and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.

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  1. Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.

#3: Remove Virus From Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.

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#4 Remove Virus From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
  2. Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
  3. Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.

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#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes


From the task manager:

  1. Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
  2. Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
  3. If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.

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WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.

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From the start menu:

  1. Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
  2. In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
  3. Click on the Startup tab.

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This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.

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