Virus is a junkware extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and other popular browsers and its main characteristic is that it constantly attempts to page-redirect the user to promoted sites. is not as dangerous as a Trojan Horse or a Virus but it is still best if you uninstall it to keep your PC safe.

The virus immediately integrate with the main browser and begin to modify the homepage

A page-redirecting Browser Hijacker named has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team and a number of web users have requested our help to safely uninstall it and remove the search engine and the homepage that it has added to their Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari browsers. That’s why, in this article, we will explain the specifics of this program, and will provide our readers with a detailed Removal Guide and a professional removal tool for quick and automatic detection and removal of the offending app.

The virus

Generally, the representatives of the Browser Hijacker category are programs like the virus which are not that dangerous and do not share the malicious capabilities of threats such as Viruses, Ransomware or Trojans. Therefore, the virus is considered as rather harmless program which cannot damage the system in a fatal way.

However, once installed on the computer, pieces like immediately integrate with the main browser and begin to modify the homepage and the default search engine settings without asking for approval. Most commonly, the hijackers also place some new sponsored components, toolbars or redirect buttons in the browser which automatically redirect the users’ searches to some specific websites, offers, ads or promotional banners. All this is done with a purpose and that purpose is to advertise and to promote some third-party messages or websites. Basically, programs such as operate as online advertising tools, which specialize in showing pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, sponsored messages, and advertising banners on the web pages that the web users are visiting while surfing the Internet.

Their attempts to advertise, however, can be very annoying and aggressive for some of the web users who may experience frequent browsing interruptions, browser unresponsiveness and general slow-downs of the computer, which is getting bombarded with sponsored commercials. Therefore, it is not surprising that a lot of people prefer to uninstall the Browser Hijackers and remove their ads permanently. Moreover, some users fear that those programs may show pop-ups with malicious ads, that, if clicked upon, may redirect them to malicious websites where nasty viruses and threats like Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware may lurk. Although a hijacker isn’t normally something supposed to put your PC in danger, it is definitely not advisable to keep an ad-generating application like this in your computer.

How can you get infected with (or with another browser hijacker)?

A very common way you can accidentally install a Browser Hijacker is by downloading free software from the Internet (freeware or shareware) that has the hijacker added to it as a “bonus” feature. There are also different websites that distribute free downloads, that also promote this type of programs in their download managers, so if you have downloaded any programs from such a website, you have to pay special attention to the installation process because, if you don’t review the steps of the installation options, you can end up installing some potentially unwanted software on the computer. Programs like and Coding Captcha may often be found under the advanced/custom setup settings where they may be marked as “recommended” or “bonus” additions to the main program that you are installing. To keep them away, simply unmark them from the menu or, if you have already installed them by mistake, just use the removal guide below to quickly uninstall them.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Typically, Browser Hijackers tend to spam the screen of the main browser with ads and place some homepage or search engine changes.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method of distribution for most Browser Hijackers.
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Remove Virus

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


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).



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.


    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
    a professional malware removal tool.

    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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.


    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!


    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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