Browser Redirect Safe Navigation “Virus” Removal Feb. 2018 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

As an intro we need to say that browser hijackers represent a kind of software that could be capable of modifying your browsers as soon as they have become components of your system. What you could expect to happen due to the inflicted alterations of your Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Explorer (or any other browser) apps, is explained below:

  • there might be some absolutely new and unfamiliar new search engines and homepages set;
  • some redirection processes to locations you have never wanted to visit might be conducted;
  • last but not least, your browser might start broadcasting such a great number of ads that your browser tabs may get fully covered, and your surfing experience might be interrupted. “Virus”

The exact program from this software category that we will be discussing below is called It may possess the traits we have mentioned above so far.

Expected traits of browser hijackers as a whole:

The typical representatives of this software category act exactly in the way we have mentioned before. They could simply become a part of your system, access and alter the settings of your browser apps. What’s more, such a program may perform a very thorough review of your browsing history with the purpose of being able to later broadcast just the ads that may suit your personal preferences and interests. Furthermore, oftentimes the mass generation of ads may become a reason for a total slowdown of your PC – an effect that may further irritate and annoy you. However, as far as we are informed, hijackers have no malicious traits.

This type of programs can merely serve some marketing-related purposes. The true goal of the so-called hijackers is to promote all sorts of products, web platforms, search engines, browser homepages – and whatever other product or service might be in need of advertising. This marketing-directed behavior really explains the hijackers’ possible consequences. Nonetheless, do not go crazy – advertising is legitimate and present everywhere today! “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

What makes different from the most dangerous viruses? Is it entirely harmless?

Actual malware like the viruses related to Ransomware and Trojans can and normally will harm you and your system. On the contrary, though, browser hijackers can never do anything damaging. For example, in case your computer has caught a Ransomware program, all of the data you use on a regular basis will be in a grave danger. You may be interested in the reason why and it is the fact that such viruses are very likely and known to encode data, and request a ransom in exchange for the encrypted files. If you are having trouble with a Trojan horse infection, you may be experiencing many potential issues, like identity theft, destruction of data, corruption, and system crashes. Luckily, these effects are unlikely when we talk about any infection caused by any hijacker.

Where and in what way you could catch

The most frequent sources of ad-broadcasting software (including hijackers and Adware) are these: torrents, shareware, spam and program bundles. The mentioned bundles indeed represent combos of games, different versions of Adware and hijackers, various apps and some newly developed programs. Such bundles are available for free practically everywhere on the Internet. Despite that, it is not the process of downloading any set of software that infects your system with a hijacker, it is in fact the way you perform the installation. All the software you get from the web must be installed in the most elaborate and cautious way forthe purpose of avoiding all irritating possible infections. Here we have described the way of installing any program properly and safely. Search for the Advanced installation option when the wizard is finally displayed. In some installers this feature might be named Custom [or Customized]. What’s really vital is that such a way of installing always lets you safely install the needed bundle, and manually select what to leave behind and what to put into your computer.

If you would like to maintain your system free of any unwanted programs, though, it is a good idea to install the most effective anti-virus program you can find. Buy the best one – definitely you will have no regrets later. As for the removal of, we recommend you follow the instructions we have provided below in the Removal Guide.

Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some irritating behavior of your browser apps such as ad production and redirection.
Distribution Method Possibly via free bundling, torrents, streaming web pages, other ads and shareware, various forms of spam.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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