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*Source of claim SH can remove it. is a type of malware known as a browser hijacker, which gets added to the user’s browser via stealthy and underhanded methods. The central goal of this hijacker is to generate ad revenue, and to achieve this, it alters browser settings such as the default search engine or homepage, and also redirects the user to specific sites. This hijacking serves the dual purpose of disrupting the user experience and generating ad revenue for its creators. Users often inadvertently install browser hijackers like when downloading free software or clicking on deceptive ads. These hijackers are bundled with legitimate software or hidden within the installation processes, tricking users into granting them access. Their stealthy distribution method is a key reason why many users find added to their browsers without their intention or knowledge.
The pop-ups manifest fake system warnings Virus

Often mislabeled as the “ virus,” this browser hijacker, in reality, isn’t a virus in the strictest sense. Viruses are malicious programs designed to replicate and spread to other systems, often damaging files in the process. In contrast, this hijacker, and other similar ones like and, don’t replicate or spread in the same manner, and they don’t directly damage the system or files. However, this distinction doesn’t diminish the threat it poses. While not a virus, still represents a significant security risk. It can modify browser settings, redirect searches to risky websites, and expose users to potential malware. Moreover, its ability to track and collect user data poses privacy concerns. Therefore, even though labelling it as the “ virus” isn’t accurate, its removal is still crucial to safeguard both the security and privacy of users’ online activities.

What is

The primary purpose of is to generate advertising revenue for its developers. It achieves this through a variety of sneaky tactics. Once installed, it alters browser settings, redirecting users to specific websites or changing their search engine. This redirection increases traffic to these sites, thus boosting ad revenue. Additionally, displays intrusive advertisements, including pop-ups and banners, which generate income each time they are clicked. Some versions of even include code that can inject sponsored links directly into search results or web pages the user visits. Another tactic involves tracking user browsing data to display targeted ads, further increasing the likelihood of user engagement. These methods, while not outright damaging like a traditional virus, are deceptive and intrusive, prioritizing profit over user experience and security. Pop-ups

The pop-ups are a notorious aspect of this browser hijacker, designed to be both intrusive and persistent. They manifest as sudden advertisements, redirecting prompts, or fake system warnings. These pop-ups are programmed to appear frequently and are difficult to close, significantly hindering the user’s browsing experience. They cannot be effectively stopped unless every component of the hijacker is completely removed from the system. Interacting with these pop-ups is highly inadvisable, as they often lead to unsecured or malicious websites. Clicking on them could result in further malware infections or expose users to scams and phishing attempts. The risk extends beyond mere annoyance; interacting with pop-ups can compromise personal data security and overall system integrity. Therefore, users are urged to avoid engaging with these pop-ups and seek to remove the hijacker promptly. on Chrome

The impacts of on Chrome and other browsers are changes in the browser’s settings and disruption of its normal functionality. The hijacker changes the default search engine, homepage, and can even add unwanted toolbars or extensions. These changes redirect users to specific sites, increasing traffic and revenue for the hijacker’s creators. Simply deleting rogue extensions from the browser often isn’t sufficient to resolve the on Chrome problem. This is because the hijacker may have deeper roots within the system. It can install components that continuously modify browser settings or reinstall extensions, even after they’ve been removed. To effectively eliminate the hijacker from browsers, it’s essential to cleanse the entire system. This involves using anti-malware software to detect and remove all traces of the hijacker, ensuring it’s completely eradicated from both the browser and the system.

The website is at the heart of this hijacker’s operation. This site is the primary destination to which the hijacker redirects users, regardless of their browsing intentions. This site is potentially unsafe, often filled with deceptive ads and links that could lead to further security risks, such as malware infections or phishing scams. Despite its appearance, users should exercise caution and avoid interacting with it. However, as long as the hijacker remains active on the system, the browser will continue to redirect to, often overriding user attempts to navigate elsewhere. This relentless redirection underscores the importance of completely removing the hijacker. Until it is fully eradicated from the system, avoiding the questionable website remains a challenging task, with the site continually resurfacing in user browsers.

Type Browser Hijacker
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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


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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