A browser hijacker like, while not as threatening as a Trojan virus, or a Ransomware infection, can be quite a nuisance if allowed to stay on the computer for long. These apps are basically supposed to turn browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox into ad-generating platforms.

The virus will try to takeover your browser

The hijacker may show ads inside the browser, page-redirect your browsing to different sites in order to boost their traffic, and even introduce certain alterations to some of your browser’s settings. One of the most typical hijacker symptoms is the sudden and unauthorized replacement of the toolbar, the search engine, or the homepage and the new-tab page. Some users may not mind these changes too much, but, in general, the modifications a hijacker is likely to introduce to your browser would make the latter much less effective and optimized. You will be constantly getting redirects to sites you have no interest in visiting, and you’d be getting your screen flooded with obtrusive ads. In many cases, the ads may even show up over the articles you are reading, the videos you are watching, or the images you are looking at, and they are likely to stay there until you click on them. Clicking on a hijacker advert, however, is highly inadvisable, as this may increase the risk of getting your computer attacked by malware.


Despite not being actual representatives of any real malware group, browser hijacker apps the likes of Allhugenewz, Reverse Captcha, Poshukach are definitely not the safest forms of software. The control over their advertising materials is oftentimes non-existent.

Combine this with the fact that the ads generation tends to be so aggressive, and you get a particularly unpleasant situation. The many ads you see on your screen may not always be reliable, or safe, and in some cases, clicking one some of them could get your system compromised. After all, malvertising is one of the most widespread malware-distribution tactics, and even though browser hijackers like aren’t intended to infect you with malware per se, this is exactly what may happen if you aren’t careful, and interact with some obscure banner, or pop-up.

All things considered, uninstalling the invasive app really is the best course of action, and it’s what we would advise you to do as soon as you finish reading this article. If you need help getting rid of the hijacker, you can have a look at the instructions present in our guide. Follow them, and you should have no problem eliminating the intrusive application.

One thing you must now forget, however, is that you should be cautious in the future, or else you may easily land another hijacker, and then you’d have to go through the whole removal process all over again. Most often, these apps get distributed via installer-bundles – a program’s installer that has some extra apps added in it. In some cases, a hijacker may be such an extra app, which is why you must always use the Custom setup menu, from where you can uncheck the bonus apps, and only install the main program.


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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. 


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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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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.


    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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    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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