Remove “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

Remove “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which works with all versions of Windows.

Is there reason to worry if a sudden replacement of your homepage, changes in your browser settings, a new search engine occur and dozens of intrusive ads greet you from the screen the moment you open your Chrome or Firefox? You have probably landed on this page to find this out, so keep on reading. Do you know that the strange behavior of your browser that has been disturbing you recently may be caused by a browser hijacker called Yes, this program is a common source of browsing related changes like the ones we described above, and in case that you are also facing them, in the next lines you are going to learn how to deal with that problem. The browser hijacker that we are going to talk about has some specifics, which you need to be aware of, in order to effectively remove it from your system. We have included also a detailed removal guide, so here you will find everything you need for the successful dealing with – its purpose and specifics can be classified as a browser hijacker – a piece of software, created with ad-displaying purposes. This program has been programmed to impose some changes in the default web browser, (such as homepage and search engine replacements, tracking your web searches, monitoring your browsing history) with the idea to load different ads, pop-ups, promotional sites and sponsored notifications. As a result from these changes, your attempts to load specific websites or simply browse the web may be frequently interrupted by dozens of popping ads and new tabs, prompting you to click on them or redirecting you to unknown web locations full of aggressive online promotions. The main reason for that rather invasive advertising activity hides in the so-called Pay-Per-Click method, which turns the ads clicks into income for the browser hijacker owners. This is also the reason why such ad-generating components are so widely spread on the web and disturb many online users with their ads.

How can you get a browser hijacker on your PC?

Usually, this annoying software can be found almost everywhere on the web. File sharing sites, torrent platforms, spam emails and attachments, sponsored links or just software bundles that you may download from the web may end you up with a program like if you don’t pay much attention. The most favorite method to distribute browser hijackers remains the program bundles. These are installation packages of different software types (players, optimization software, apps, attractive programs or free software) which usually come in a combo with some ad-generating software such as a browser hijacker, adware or some other potentially unwanted software. What is specific here is that cannot install itself on your PC and it requires you to run the setup bundle and manually install it along with the software you desire.  However, the hijacker may not be easily noticed unless you click on a specific installation option mostly called “Advanced” or “Custom”. Usually, every setup contains such manual option, which allows you to have control over all the possible bundled programs inside the given installation pack. Unfortunately, not all the users know about that and  they often end up with the browser hijacker when they simply click on the standard “Automatic” or “Quick” installation. You have probably also did the same mistake the last time you installed some program on your PC and now you experience all the flow  of ads on your browser. Fortunately, removing the annoying program is possible even if you have skipped the advanced option, and in the guide below we will show you how you can do that manually.

Is a virus or some harmful threat?

To some users may appear just like a nasty virus infection. This is not surprising because the aggressive way this browser hijacker messes up with the settings of their browser may really get some people into panic. Fortunately, there is no real reason to be worried because browser hijackers in general are not malicious – they do not attempt to harm your PC like a virus would do, nor they would try to destroy your files or encrypt them like a Ransomware threat. If your system has really been infected with a virus or some Ransomware-based script, you would have surely known that by the destructive actions that would have taken place. Your browser hijacker, at its worst, may only irritate you with tons of popping ads and page redirects. This, however, doesn’t make it any less annoying and if you are unable to browse the web normally, you have all the rights to uninstall this program. The removal guide below contains all the detailed instruction for that, but if you need any help, do not hesitate to leave us a comment.

Delete “Virus”

Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders

Before you begin the removal you have to enter Safe mode on your PC. If you don’t know how to that that we’ve provided our own guide for your cnvinience.

Next Reveal Hidden File and Folders. Again, check our guide if you need any help.

Uninstalling suspicious programs

 This is probably one of the most important steps so make sure you are thorough with it. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type Control Panel. Open the first search result and go to Uninstall a Program. Carefully look through the resulting list for any installs that you do not recognize and/or that seem suspicious. If you find any, select them and click on Uninstall.


Disable suspicious startup programs

 Next – once again go to your Start Menu and type System Configuration in the search field. Open the first result and go to the Startup section. Again, look for any suspicious programs and if anything seems out of place or is from an unknown manufacturer, disable it and click OK.


Check your DNS

 For this one, you’ll have to access your Network Connections. If you are a Windows 7 user, go to your Control Panel and in the search field (top-right) type adapter. Then, under Network Sharing Center, click on Network Connections. If you are on Win 10, simply type Network Connections in the search field next to the Start Menu button and hit Enter.


 Next, right click on the icon of the adapter that you are currently using and select Properties. There is a list from which you must click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties. If the DNS is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure you set it that way.


 After that, go to Advanced and then to the section labeled DNS. If there is anything in the DNS servers addresses field, make sure you remove and press OK.

Clean your browsers

  1. First, right click on your browser icon and select Properties. Go to the Shortcut section and delete anything written after .exe in the Target adware-guide-6
  2. This step varies depending upon what browser you are using
    1. For Chrome: Open your browser and open the menu in the top-right corner. Select Settingsadware-guide-7Then, select Extensions (top-left). adware-guide-8Remove any questionable and suspicious-looking extensions. Also, we suggest to go back to Settings, access the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page and us Clear browsing data to make sure nothing is left of the unwanted software. adware-guide-9
    2. For Firefox: Open the browser and access its main menu (top-right corner). Go to Add-ons > Extensions and remove everything that looks shady and unwanted.
    3. For IE: Click on the settings icon and select Manage Add-ons. In the resulting list, eliminate anything that you think might be related to the problematic software.adware-guide-10

Remove suspicious processes

Now, open your Task Manager (R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Look carefully through the list and find the unwanted program’s process. Right-click on it and open its directory. Delete everything in there and then go back to the process it self and end it.


That’s it! should no longer be present on your PC. If you need any more help or have questions of any kind feel free to contact us in the comment section below!

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