Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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 “Malware” . Our removal instructions work for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Many software applications out there might initially seem way more useful than they really are once you get them installed on your machine. “Malware” is an example of such an app – this is a software component that typically functions as part of the user’s browser similarly to a browser extension. This app seems to be compatible with the majority of browser programs out there – Firefox,Chrome, IE, Opera, Edge and so on. However, although at first this might seem like a useful and helpful piece of software, as soon as it gets installed on your PC and added to your browser, you’d realize that things are not really the way they initially looked. This irritating piece of software is likely to replace the default search engine and homepage of your browser and also start redirecting you to different promoted pages ans streaming ads on your screen during each and every browsing session. All of this, of course, would happen without your permission and it will also likely be difficult to revert the browser changes while the unwanted app is still on your PC. T That is why, there is usually no other reliable way of handling this issue than getting rid of the pesky application and removing all of its data from your machine. Now, simple uninstallation is likely not going to be enough here since software the likes of is probably going to come back to bother you unless you make sure that there’s really nothing left from it on the computer. To help you with the removal of the unwanted software component, we have posted a guide down below – there you will find some detailed steps which will show you what actions need to be taken in order to locate all data on your machine and delete it so that there’s no way for the unwanted application to come back. In addition to the guide, we have also posted on this page a software tool that specializes in removing unwanted and potentially hazardous software. If you feel like you might not be able to accurately complete all the steps from the guide, we advise you to use the removal tool instead as it will automatically take care of this issue for you. Still, regardless of what removal method you decide to go for, make sure that you get rid of “Malware” as soon as possible as there’s no need to put up with its intrusive ads, page redirects and browser changes. Not only that, but it is possible that such an app leads to the exposure of your PC to some really nasty malware threats like Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware due to the endless streaming of all sorts of ads some of which might be hazardous. “Malware” 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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

Browser Hijackers

There is a software category known for its irritating abilities and tendency to overwhelm the user with annoying advertising materials as well as make changes to one’s browser. The name of this software category is Browser Hijackers and there’s no doubt that, too, belongs to this group of programs and apps. However, although hijackers could really be a major irritation to anyone who faces them, you should know that they are not actually virus programs. Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Spyware and other similar virus types are the real threats out there. In comparison, a hijacker app would usually be nothing other than an irritating annoyance and not an actual security hazard. Despite that, you still ought to be careful with the random ads streamed to your browser. There’s always the chance that some of them might originate from unverified and shady advertising networks meaning that it is highly advisable that you keep away from any type of advertising content that might bring yo tour screen. It is simply preferable to be on the safer side and take care of your machine’s security in every way possible.

Most users install hijackers without even knowing it!

Have you ever heard about software bundles? Even if you haven’t, the chances are that you have already encountered such bundles without even realizing it. A software bundle is an installer for a certain program that has other apps added to it as optional software that you could choose to leave out. Many hijacker apps are also added to other programs’ installers as bonus content. Of course, you can leave them out but most users don’t really pay enough attention when installing new programs which is why they fail to leave out the hijacker. Normally, the options that allow you to disable the hijacker’s installation should be available under the Advanced/Custom setup menu so be sure that you always use this menu when installing any new programs if you wish to keep hijackers like “Malware” away from your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Apps like tend to stream intrusive ads to the user’s browser and impose unwanted changes to the browsing program.
Distribution Method You can land a hijacker by opening a spam e-mail, clicking on some unreliable web advert or by installing a file bundle.
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