Browser Redirect Removal

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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.

For the most part, a Browser Hijacker is an annoyance to the majority of PC users. The etymology of the name consists of the words advertisement and software. Simply explained, they are pieces of software supported by ads. Regardless of their seemingly harmless nature, they can become increasingly dangerous in the palms of malicious individuals – hackers, for example. Obviously, covering the development cost of a piece of software can be achieved using Browser Hijackers. This can allow the developers to issue free software. Bundles of software typically contain these ad supported software which a user installs on his machine. Another useful benefit of ads in this circumstance is the fact that legitimate software can be supported by motivating the developers to continue maintaining and updating it. Redirect

Despite that, it is important to note that not every single Browser Hijacker is harmless in nature. A handful of them are developed by profit hungry individuals who only aim to gain money from you. They supply the software with ads that display in a myriad of ways – all of them being annoying and / or obstructive. As a whole, they worsen your overall computing experience and can harm your productivity. Malicious Browser Hijackers possess the cunning ability to install themselves into your computer without your consent or knowledge, but these are classified as viruses. Indeed, more Browser Hijacker, included, is not considered a virus or ransomware. Viruses and ransomware will damage your PC in a direct way, Browser Hijacker is only after your attention and money.

Chances are that you were infected with way before you actually noticed it. They achieve that by hiding inside installers. Have no fear – we are here to help you with this issue. Below this piece of text you shall find a few paragraphs detailing the functions of Read these parts thoroughly before proceeding with the guide at the bottom. A well informed man / woman has limitless potential. The same applies to this situation as well.

How is best described as? What should I know about it?

As it was mentioned before – is an instance of Browser Hijacker. Let us start by saying that it is completely useless for you. It gives you no real benefit. On first glance, some of them may have a semi-complete functionality – possibly one that they have advertised as a feature. Regardless, it is very easy to spot the offenders from afar. The programs in question generally appear half-finished and unpolished, mainly because the developers did not spend any real effort on the program’s front end. The back end is what really counts – the annoying ads. They are delivered differently, but generally boil down to 3 forms. You can read more about them below:

  • In-text ads have the most cunning nature. They take the shape of hyperlinks and hide inside the text of the web page. They are easy to spot, because – for the most part – they appear to be out of place. In some rare occasions, hovering your mouse over it can cause a window to appear.

  • Banners are the next offender and they are by no means small. They are usually large in size and occupy the edges of the web page – the top, bottom and sides. They aren’t as obstructive as the remaining two, but their sizes makes up for this fact.

  • Pop-ads are probably the most annoying form of ads you will ever face. They appear as massive, sizeable windows that show ads across the entire web page. Sometimes, they detach from your browser window and inhabit their own, separate window. Regardless of their appearance, their most prominent feature is their pop-up behavior – the ability to quickly and suddenly pop an ad in front of you.

How do I avoid it in the future?

A lot of unwelcome software ends up on your computer partly because of something you did or did not do. Here’s how to avoid unwanted Browser Hijacker and similar programs.

  • Carefully select what you download to your computer. Make sure you are of real need of the program you are planning to install. If you do not recognize the maker / publisher of the software, read about him carefully on his website (if available). If it sounds too shady, do not make unnecessary risks and just avoid the software altogether.

  • Read licensing agreements. It can seem very daunting to read these agreements, but to play it safe, don’t just scroll to the bottom and click the “I accept” button when installing freeware. Read the agreement carefully and try to spot any information-gathering phrases inside it. If that happens to be the case, again, avoid the software.

  • Beware of clickable advertisements. Just like the Browser Hijacker themselves, beware of flashy ads on websites you visit. Clicking them may lead you to a dark place where you may attract more Browser Hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A handful of ads being displayed in a myriad of ways.
Distribution Method Bundled with freebie software, downloaded from popular download sites.
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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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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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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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.


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.


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 Firefox, click mozilla menu ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the Browser Hijacker/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 Location. End 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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