Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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 These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

You’re on the right page if you’re looking for a sure way to remove from your system. We’re guessing you must have concluded that there’s an infection when you noticed certain changes that had been made to your browser, which you neither authorized nor were aware of. In most cases this would be a change in your browser’s homepage and most times the page would be completely unfamiliar to the user. Additionally, your search queries may also have been redirected to a different search engine. Another symptom of an infection could be an added feature to your toolbar (or maybe an added full toolbar of the program). But the worst of it all are the numerous ads that just don’t seem to go away, no matter what you do. No matter what page you visit or how long you’re on it, your screen quickly becomes covered in popups, banners and box messages and if you aren’t careful and happen to land a click on one of them – more new windows appear and you might even be redirected to an entirely new webpage. Well, never fear – our removal guide is here! It will walk you through all the necessary steps to uninstall this annoying software.

What is “Virus”, though?

Well first of all lets start by stating that is not a virus at all. It’s a browser hijacker – one of the many. Their main purpose is to make money for their developers with the help of the many ads and a business strategy known as the Pay Per Click scheme or PPC. This strategy enables developers to profit every time someone clicks on one of the popups, banners or other advertising materials. However, this practice requires a set of rather shady tactics that are often perceived as malicious or threatening. To name one, browser hijackers are known for gathering various browsing related info on users in order to produce content that would match their latest interests. For example, if you’ve been searching for a certain brand of popular shoes, very soon you’re likely to start seeing ads in your browser featuring that exact same brand. Coincidence? Nope, that’s how this practice works. And it’s all to ensure more and more clicks.

To deepen the outrage of this “intel” gathering, browser hijacker developers often tend to sell this data to third parties. Another rather unsettling thing about programs like is the fact that there could on particular (rare) occasions be ads, which aren’t genuine ads. What we have in mind are the infamous malvertisements – a sneaky technique hackers and cybercriminals employ to trick people into downloading harmful viruses, such as ransomware or Trojans. Basically, these are ads that have been contaminated with the malicious payload and once you click on one of them, you either automatically download the virus or get redirected to some dangerous website. With that being said, however, browser hijackers are not considered to be malicious programs themselves. Security experts consider them to be at most potentially unwanted, but mostly harmless in general. Our advice to you is not to interact with the showcased ads, though. You never know whether you would be clicking on a legitimate ad or a fake one and finding out might cost you dearly.

How to prevent from getting back on your computer?

Mistakes are made so we can learn from them and avoid making them in the future. The same goes for infections like the current one you’re dealing with. Once you’ve learned how browser hijackers usually get installed on a user’s machine, you can easily dodge them from now on. The most common distribution method that developers use is program bundling, which means that they place their hijacker in the same downloadable package as other original software, mostly freeware or shareware. Once you’ve downloaded the package and proceed to install the desired software, a simple step can be the difference between integrating into your system and moving on without it. This step is the custom or advanced settings in the setup wizard. Choose that one as opposed to the default or quick settings and the contents of the bundle will be revealed to you, giving you the option of choosing which of them will get installed and which won’t. Additional distribution methods include spam emails, infected websites and other hijackers or adware. Make sure to be very careful around those and try to stay off sketchy locations on the web as much as possible.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changed homepage, changed default search engine. Might be difficult or impossible to change these settings back, until the hijacker is removed.
Distribution Method Program bundles, file sharing websites, other hijackers or adware, spam emails, etc.
Detection Tool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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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).


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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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