How to Remove “Virus”


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.

Welcome to our article about “Virus” – a PUP (potentially unwanted program) of the Browser Hijacker type. Most applications of this type are regarded as unwanted, because they try to modify the user’s Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge browser by adding a new search engine/toolbar from a third-party developer or change the previous homepage with some other webpage. Another very common complaint from Browser Hijackers such as “Virus” is that they tend to redirect the browser to other websites without the user’s permission.

We can help!

The most probable reason why you’ve ended up on this page is because the unwanted piece of software has already gotten inside your computer system and you’re in need of a method to have the invasive application removed. We are happy to inform you that you have come to the right place for that. On this page, you can find a meticulously created guide, in which a number of different methods for uninstalling and removing have been combined. For best results, we advise our readers to first read the article itself and then go on to complete each step from the guide. Also, if you encounter any problems when trying to follow the instructions from the guide, be sure to inform us in the comments and we will aid you.

General characteristics of Browser Hijackers

Programs like are one of the most widely spread type of unwanted types of software. They are all over the internet and all it takes to land such a program is one or two misguided clicks. The main reason why Browser Hijackers are such a common issue has to do with the internet marketing industry. The purpose behind most applications like is online advertising. Unlike other forms of internet promoting, where there are some limitations to the amount of intrusiveness and obstruction, a lot of Hijacker developers tend to disregard how annoying their products might be. This leads to an extremely invasive and frustrating piece of software that has little to no real value for the users themselves.

Comparing it to viruses

While it is not uncommon that people refer to Browser Hijackers as computer viruses, such a comparison is not accurate. Here, we will give you three very important differences between programs like and actual harmful types of software such as Ransomware and Trojan horses.

  • In contrast to actual PC viruses, Browser Hijackers do not try to conceal their presence. In fact, the essence of their goal is to be as nagging and therefore as noticeable as possible.
  • Another important distinction between the two types of software programs is that a lot of Browser Hijackers are both legally developed and distributed. The same simply cannot be said when referring to noxious viruses like the ones we gave as example above (Ransomware, Trojans and so on).
  • Last but not least, a typical Browser Hijacker is highly unlikely to actually damage your system. After all, this is not their main purpose. On the other hand, Ransomware viruses can lock all your personal files by encrypting them and Trojans can carry out a huge number of other malicious and illegal tasks that can be very harmful to both your computer and your privacy. should still be removed ASAP!

Maybe Browser Hijackers aren’t some sort of nasty Ransomware or highly dangerous Trojan horse viruses. This, however is not to say that they are perfectly safe and that they are to be allowed to remain on your PC any longer than they already have. Here are a few examples of the potential problems that might come from a Browser Hijacker program.

  • Your PC might get slowed-down due to increased usage of different system resources. can potentially cause CPU and RAM spikes, which might sometimes even lead to freezes and crashes of your computer.
  • A lot of Hijackers have a function that enables them to see what you search for when surfing the internet. That way they can feed your browser with ads relevant to your searches and respectively, your personal interests/preferences.
  • Since advertising is the main purpose of most Hijackers, it is not uncommon that they would fill all your browsers with various intrusive promoting materials that are not only extremely frustrating, but can also potentially redirect you to some obscure and less-reputable websites that you should probably not visit.

A few tips

Before we leave you with our removal guide, we will give you several important protection tips that if properly applied will greatly improve the general safety of your machine and make it very unlikely that you’d land another Browser Hijacker in the future.

  • If you want to download something from the internet, make sure that you’re only using reliable and safe download sources.
  • Make sure that no file gets downloaded on your PC without your knowledge or permission. Sometimes, the browser might have the automatic download function enabled – you must disable it.
  • Avoid opening links or emails if you do not know whether they are safe. Know that spam is a really common method of spreading all sorts of undesirable software, Browser Hijackers included.
  • If you are to install a new program, be sure to check if there are any applications bundled with it. Such file bundles oftentimes carry Hijackers like with them. If there are any added installs to the main program, uncheck the ones that you think might be unwanted. If you have the option to customize the installation using an Advanced setup option, always go for that – sometimes this is where the bundled software is hidden.

How to Remove “Virus”

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 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 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 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 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 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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