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Acupturer is a browser-redirecting and ad-displaying software component that gets attached to popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. The intention behind Acupturer is to turn the browsers it gets installed on into advertising tools that will continuously put commercials on the users’ screens.


The Acupturer virus redirects can lead to other browser hijackers like and many more

If opening your browser results in your screen getting bombarded with different colorful ads, invasive clickbait prompts, big flashy banners and sudden page-redirects to odd-looking sites, then you should definitely take care of this annoying issue as it may eventually cost you your computer’s security. In most cases, the culprit behind such activities are apps of the adware or of the browser hijacker category, with the difference between the two being that the hijackers may also set a new homepage address to your browser or make search engine replacements. Here, we will tell you about Acupturer  which is one such browser hijacker. It is a recently released app and yet there are already quite a lot of users who have made complaints about its invasive activities in their browsers. Speaking of the targeted browsers, those could be Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Opera or any other type of browsers. The hijackers are typically multi-compatible which allows them to get installed onto most of the popular browsers that people use.

The one thing that you could do that will definitely fix this situation is remove the invasive as this will end its ad-generation and page-redirection activities and it will also allow you to restore your previous browser settings. If the hijacker isn’t removed, you will probably not be allowed to set your preferred search engine tool or remove the hijacker-imposed homepage address in favor of one that’s been chosen by you.

This is all part of the way that apps like Acupturer and achieve their main goal, which is, of course, making as much money as possible through the adverts they present you with. The browser components imposed by the hijackers are also there to help with the advertisement of different sites, products and services. And, the more you get exposed to such ads and made to click on them, the more the money that would get generated for the people who are behind this advertising campaign. Each click on an ad or visit to a site advertised by the hijacker is converted into a small commission fee earned by the developers of Acupturer. This is is what is typically known as Pay Per Click or Pay Per View and it is the modus operandi for such applications. Of course, you don’t earn anything from that, nor do you get anything beneficial form the presence of the hijacker in your system. Instead, you are the one left to put up with the constantly popping-up ads and invasive page-redirects. Such redirects can lead to other browser hijackers like and many more. As you probably know, there are all kinds of insidious viruses, Ransomware encryption-infections and Trojans out there and they oftentimes get distributed via malicious ads. The hijacker itself is not really a virus and won’t try to lock your data like a Ransomware, nor would it attempt to conduct any other malicious activity. However, it’s ads and page-redirects are still not to be trusted which is why it’s simply best if you make sure that they don’t show up on your screen by removing the app that’s generating them.


Name Acupturer
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Mainly, the symptoms include changes in the browser and random pop-up ads. 
Distribution Method Usually, such an app would be bundled with and distributed alongside other software.
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Remove Acupturer Virus

To try and remove Acupturer quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Acupturer extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Acupturer by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Acupturer and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Acupturer removal guide below.

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

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

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

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).


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:

    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.

      Remove Acupturer from Internet Explorer:

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

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

     Remove Acupturer from Firefox:

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

    Remove Acupturer from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    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!

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