is a browser hijacker that is known to spam your browser with ads and redirect your traffic aggressively. It will not damage your computer, but it will bombard your monitor with all sorts of pop-up notifications and banners that forward you to websites that may be insecure.In case you’re on this website, you have probably been heavily disturbed by the constant flow of aggressive advertisements, which such virus has started to display on your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or any other web browser. You may also have found that some unexpected “improvements” have happened in your default browsing application caused by the virus.

The virus
The virus will display pop up ads and messages

Is safe?

For example, a new search engine or a different homepage has been introduced along with some new tab page changes or some strange redirect buttons. These are the typical symptoms of having a browser hijacker on your system and if your attempts to remove those changes have been unsuccessful so far, the paragraphs that follow can be of great use. There you will find more information about the specifics of, a detailed manual removal guide and a professional removal tool that can help you uninstall the unwanted program.

The Virus

In reality, apps like, iStart Search Bar, are simply online advertising tools that only search for the most effective ways in which certain goods, services, and their related websites can be marketed on your screen. Apps like the virus are generally not harmful and do not normally damage the machine in any way. However, they are not protected by malware code that can sneak inside the stream of regularly displayed web ads and links. That’s why you should always proceed with caution if you are about to click on the promotional messages and redirect prompts that you see on your monitor. Some of them may be infected by real viruses and once click will be enough to catch threats such as Ransomware, or Trojan horse viruses.

What is

The word browser hijacker is a common word used for programs like the virus. Such programs have been designed to show a broad range of advertisements on your computer’s screen. Most browser hijacker applications, like, and, can also redirect the search requests of their users to other websites and sponsored links. This is usually done with the idea to generate traffic and clicks on specific pages that pay for promotion and visibility. One explanation that such browser hijacker programs may frequently be considered questionable is because they may often redirect you to low-quality pages or links that might be compromised by malware such as Ransomware or viruses. Pop-ups

Nevertheless, this is not the main purpose of programs such as But even if that is not the case, because of their disruptive and aggressive behavior and the modifications they usually make to the default browsers without requesting permission, a number of web users consider browser hijackers to be potentially unwanted pieces of software. Of course, this is not the rule and may never happen but it is still a possibility which can be a good enough reason for some people to uninstall pieces like without regret. on Chrome

The good news is that, when removed, these programs can no longer mess with the settings of the web browser and cannot spam it with nagging pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, text messages, etc. Your attempts to open a new page or start a new browsing session will also no longer be interrupted by automatic redirects to pages that are unfamiliar to you. That’s why, if you want to regain control over your web surfing activity right away, we encourage you to use the steps in the removal guide below or perform a system scan with the professional removal tool that is attached to the guide.

TypeBrowser Hijacker

How to Remove

To try and remove 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 extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed 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.

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

Step1 Uninstall the app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from items

    Step3 Remove from your browsers

    • Delete from Chrome
    • Delete from Firefox
    • Delete from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.

    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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