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There are many ways to earn money on the Internet and one of the most popular methods is none other than the web-advertising. The online marketing industry is huge and everybody wants to have a piece. However, there are different ways of advertising something online with some being more annoying and irritating to the end users than others. Down below, we will introduce you to one example of online advertising that in terms of annoyance and unpleasantness seems to be at the top of our imaginary rank-list.

Have you ever heard about Browser Hijackers? A type of annoying software that causes browser redirects to sponsored pages and also seeks to modify the user’s browser adding new homepage and new-tab page as well as a new toolbar and a replaced default search engine. Well, is one such browser-redirect and if you are reading this, it is likely that you have actually ended up on this page because you have been looking for a way to eliminate the nagging Hijacker. If that is indeed your case, then you are in luck as here, on this page, you can find all the important information that you might need for the successful removal of the pesky browser-redirecting software. However, before we show you the different steps for uninstalling and fully removing, we must first explain in more detail what a Browser Hijacker actually is and why it is important that you may want to have it removed ASAP instead of allowing it to remain on your PC.

Advertising software

As we said above, Browser Hijackers are used for web-advertising. The redirects they trigger, the sites they open and the changes they make to your browser’s interface all have the purpose of promoting something – a website, a software product, a online service, etc. Obviously, this can be very irritating since no one wants to have their browser program modified without their permission. However, what makes a Hijacker even more unwanted is the fact that it can enforce the changes and re-introduce them every time you try to restore your browser back to normal. It is likely that the page-redirect won’t allow you to bring back your previous search engine or home/new-tab page. On top of all that, most of the time, there wouldn’t really be any actual functional feature that the Hijacker would provide you with making it an utterly useless piece of software (for the end user) that benefits no one but its creator.

. Removal

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).



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.

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:

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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.

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.


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.

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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!


So, does all that, which was mentioned above, make Browser Hijackers something similar to PC viruses? Well, technically, the answer is “no”. You see, having on your browser constantly redirecting you to random pages might be quite unpleasant but it will likely not put your system at risk. It wouldn’t try to damage or corrupt any system data like a Trojan Horse virus can do or lock-up your files and ask you to make a ransom payment – something that the nasty Ransomware viruses are famous for. In contrast, a Hijacker’s creator wouldn’t benefit if they damaged your PC or messed with your files. Because of this, we cannot really categorized Hijackers as PC viruses although they certainly fall under the category of PUPS (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Still better to have it removed

A Hijacker, in itself, might not be anything harmful but if it keeps spamming your screen with random sponsored pages and maybe even various web offers and requests, you might come across some questionable and unsafe advert or webpage. Most Hijackers do not generate hazardous content but there are still quite a few examples of this happening out there. Because of this, we think it is safer if you try to avoid any interaction with anything that the Hijacker has added to your browser or any of the pages it tries to redirect you to.

How does it get installed?

File-bundling is the most common way for page-redirects like to get spread throughout the world-wide web. It is a legal way for distributing software where the Hijacker gets added to the installer of some other application and gets installed along with it if the user doesn’t customize the installation process from the setup menu. Most users, however, do not do this which gets them all added (optional) applications in addition to the main program – the one they actually want. Make sure that you do not make this mistake when installing new software – always check for added content and leave out whatever you deem unwanted or unneeded. Also, it is preferable if you try to stay safe on the internet by avoiding shady sites and suspicious web-messages that might be spam as those might also be used for spreading Browser Hijackers around


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive web content that pops-up inside your browser and unwanted browser modifications enforced by the Hijacker.
Distribution Method Mostly through file-bundles, spam e-mails and fake ads.
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