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If a browser hijacker app such as gets installed in your system, you will likely find out about it right away. This type of apps like tend to significantly alter some of the browser’s settings, and also may cause ad-generation while you are using your browser, as well as page-redirects to different sites.

The typical changes you may notice in the browser are typically associated with its frontpage, and/or with its search engine tool. Both of those may get replaced in favor of new ones imposed by the hijacker. The same may happen to the default new-tab page, and the toolbar buttons of the browsing program. This type of software can be added to Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or any other popular browsing program. Also, the hijackers aren’t restricted to Windows – they can also be found on other systems such as macOS, Android, and even iOS. This makes them a very widespread form of software, and pretty much every user could get such an annoying app on their computer or smartphone.

The good news is that most hijackers like Wave browser, Smart Captcha Solve cannot mess with your system, corrupt the data on your hard-drives, or obtain sensitive information about you that can later be used to blackmail you, or to steal money from your  bank accounts. The same can also be said about the new browser hijacker – though it’s certainly irritating to have it in your computer, it will probably not cause damage to it. That being said, our advice for you is to uninstall this app at the first opportunity. Even though it isn’t some scary malware such as a Ransomware cryptovirus, it can certainly cause some unpleasant issues such as slow-downs of the browser, and overall obstructiveness of your online surfing due to the page-redirects, pop-ups, and ads that this software may generate.

Aside from being irritating, this hijacker could also be related to some actual security issues in the system. We don’t mean to say that the app is intended to cause such problems, but its presence in the computer may make the latter less safe. For example, if you happen to click on an advert generated by this hijacker, you may get redirected to some questionable site with contents that may not be safe or reliable. The main problem is that the majority of hijacker apps don’t really discriminate between the different types of ads they may show you and pages they may redirect you to. What this means is some of the adverts, and redirects may indeed land you on actual good offers, while others may be fake and expose your computer to danger. In some of the worst case scenarios, you may even end up with a Ransomware cryptovirus in your computer or with a Trojan Horse infection if you interact with some advert that’s actually trying to mislead you. Because of this, it’s better to get the invasive and unwelcome uninstalled and all the changes it has made to your browser removed.

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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

Users why have successfully removed have tried the instructions below:

  1. In your browser’s settings, click on More Tools (Add-ons) and then open the Extensions tab/sub-menu.
  2. Next, search for extensions named after or other extensions that you can link to your recent browsing disturbance.
  3. Remove the extensions that you find problematic by clicking on the Trash Bin icon or the Remove button next to each of them.
  4. Then, open a new tab and use the browser for a while to check if the issue has been resolved.

If the instructions above aren’t enough to rid you of completely, please use the detailed steps in the guide that follows and carefully apply everything in them to delete all traces of the hijacker from your system:

First, while you are still on this page, click on the bookmark icon in your browser to save this removal guide. You will need to refer back to it several times during the next steps, so it is a good idea to keep it at hand or open it on another device where you can look at it.

It is also advisable to apply the instructions that follow after entering Safe Mode in your computer. To reboot in Safe mode, please use the steps from the “How to enter in Windows Safe Mode” link. Then, after the computer reboots, come back to this removal guide to complete it.

Now, let’s start with cleaning all traces of from your browsers. To do that, carefully repeat the next instructions in all browsers that are presently installed on your computer.

NOTE: The images below demonstrate Google Chrome, but the same can be applied for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

Right-click on the shortcut icon of the browser and open  Properties.

In the Properties window, select Shortcut.

Then, go iTarget, and if you see anything added after .exe, remove it.

  Remove from Internet Explorer:

If you are using Internet Explorer, open it, click the gear icon   top right and select Manage Add-ons.

In the Add-ons list, make sure that you Disable any add-ons that could be related to your disturbance.

Next, click the gear icon once again  and select Internet Options. Take a look at the homepage URL and if you see changes in it, delete everything and type a homepage URL that you trust. Apply the changes.

 Remove from Firefox:

The way to remove potentially unwanted extensions from Firefox is the following:

Click the menu icon   top right and select  Add-ons, then click on Extensions from the left.

If you detect an extension or another extension that is disturbing you in the list, make sure that you remove it. If needed, first click on Disable and then Remove.

Remove from Chrome:

To clean Chrome from any hijacker-related extensions, first close the browser and then manually navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 

Find the “Default” folder and change its name to Backup Default.

After you are done, restart Chrome to check if the symptoms of are gone.

If you are still experiencing auto redirects and random ads popping on your screen, proceed to step 2 and complete the rest of the guide.


Browser hijackers like may secretly run a number of processes in the background of your system. Therefore, if you want to stop the nagging activity of the disturbing program, you need to start the Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) and check for hijacker-related processes in the Processes tab.

If a specific process looks suspicious, right-click on it and then select Open File Location from the pop-up menu of options:

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    If any of the scanned files related to that process gets flagged, then this is a sign that you should end the process (right-click on it>>>End Process) and delete the dangerous files.

    A typical method that many browser hijackers use to enter the system is the so-called program bundling method. In it, the hijacker gets attached to the installer of another legitimate and attractive program and gets installed with it the moment the user runs the installation and agrees to the recommended installation options without customizing them.

    If you have recently installed a new program on your PC and you have started to experience browsing disturbance right after that, it is a good idea to open the Control Panel >>>Programs and Features >>>Uninstall a Program and uninstall any program that you think could be linked to and its presence on your system. It is also advisable to uninstall any other software that you don’t normally use, as any outdated app could easily become a backdoor for more potentially unwanted programs and malware.

    Another thing that we advise you to do is to check the Startup settings of your system for hijacker-related startup items. For that, type msconfig in the windows search field and press enter to open System Configuration.

    Then, in the Startup tab, check for suspicious-looking entries that need to be unchecked.

    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
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    If you want to remove effectively, you also need to remove any DNS changes that the hijacker might have imposed without your knowledge or approval. Here is how to do that:

    First, search for Network Connections in the Start menu search bar and open it. Then, follow the instructions below:

    • Right-click on the main Network Adapter and select Properties
    • Then, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), and click the  Properties button at the bottom.
    • Select Obtain DNS server address automatically if it is not selected and click on Advanced.
    • In the new window, select the DNS tab and delete everything there. Then click OK.

    An additional step that we advise you to do is to check if your computer has been hacked by opening your Hosts file and searching for malicious IP addresses in it.

    To do that, copy + paste the line below in the Start menu search field and press Enter:

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

    Then, take a look at the Hosts file that opens, scroll down to Localhost and compare it with the example image below. If you see any virus creator IPs in your file, please copy them and write to us in the comments below this post. A member of our team will reply to you with a piece of advice on what to do.

    Last, but not least, you should start the Registry Editor and search the registry for hijacker-related entries that need to be deleted.

    To do that, type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. After that, by using CTRL and F open a Find dialog box where you need to type the name of the browser hijacker that is disturbing you. Search the registry for items matching that name and carefully delete the results.

    Attention! To avoid involuntary system corruption, please use the recommended professional removal tool to clean your registry from hijacker traces.

    If nothing matching the hijacker’s name is found in the registry, go manually to these directories:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    Search each of them for recently added entries, and carefully delete those that you are sure belong to

    If the manual guide doesn’t help, or you face any difficulties while completing it, please write to us in the comments. If you complete everything but still doesn’t want to get removed, know that you can download the anti-virus program linked on this page and use it to scan your PC for any leftovers that are helping the hijacker to remain on your system.

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