Virus is a browser hijacker app that can place unauthorized changes in your default web browser and redirect user searches to pre-defined web locations. Most commonly, replaces the browser’s homepage, the default search engine, or the new tab page, and installs some ad-supported components.

The virus can be a source of serious browsing disturbance

Browser hijackers can be a source of serious browsing disturbance, and we’re sure you’ll agree with this statement if you’ve recently detected in your web browser. The first thing you have probably noticed is that the browser’s homepage has been replaced with a new one and the default search engine has been changed without your approval. You have also probably noticed that the affected web browser (be it Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari or another one) has started to spam you with various pop-up ads, banners, and text links that, once clicked on, redirect you to some pre-determined websites.

Since you are on this page, you’ve probably tried to remove those ads and to uninstall the imposed changes multiple times unsuccessfully and you’ve lost hope thinking that must be some virus that has taken over your computer and is currently busy causing harm to its system and the files that are in it. This is, however, the exact reason we have created a step-by-step removal guide that is designed to assist you with getting rid of the unwanted application and all of its components.

Are the browser hijackers dangerous?

The main concern of most web users who land browser hijackers such as on their systems is whether this is a virus or not. This is a very valid concern, considering the amount of malware that is roaming around the web, including infections such as Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans. But, fortunately, the browser hijackers are not considered as harmful programs and what is even more important, they cannot damage a computer or tamper with its data the way that a real Ransomware, a Trojan or another virus program can.

Nevertheless, programs like and Poshukach should still not be trusted because, even though they lack the harmful abilities of real computer threats, some of their activities may potentially expose you to security hazards. For instance, many browser hijackers may have the ability to collect browsing-related data from the hijacked browsers and use it to optimize their advertising campaigns. They may track your social media activity, search queries, and overall browsing history and, based on that, customize their ads, pop-ups, banners, and redirect links that they show on your screen in such a way so that they match your supposed preferences. The explanation of this behavior comes from the fact that programs like are often used by their developers to collect user clicks on different sponsored ads for profit.

In general, this is nothing more than an online advertising trick, but hardly anyone will enjoy getting constantly bombarded with aggressive ads during every browsing session. Besides, all these site redirects and click prompts may potentially expose the web users to actual online threats and viruses. The problem is that, nowadays, cyber criminals like to use malicious online ads to spread malware and there is simply no way to know which of the advertised websites that promotes might have been compromised by hackers. So it’s probably best to keep away from all kinds of hijacker-generated online adverts and focus on uninstalling any programs that uncontrollably spam you with such commercials.


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If you are looking for brief instructions on how to quickly remove from your browser, we recommend that you try the following:
  1. With the hijacked browser open, click on its main menu/gear button (top right) and select the More Tools/or Add-ons settings.
  2. Once there, search for a tab/option called Extensions and open it.
  3. Look through the entries on the Extensions list and if you find any bogus add-ons/extensions that have been installed without your approval, make sure that you remove them.
  4. If some of the unwanted extensions don’t want to get removed, try to disable them first and then click on the remove/trash bin button.
  5. Once you do that, try using the browser for a while to check how it operates.
If the instructions above aren’t enough to rid you of completely, then you need to use the detailed steps in the guide below to remove any other changes that the potentially unwanted software might have made inside your system.
Some of the next instructions will require you to shut down your computer and restart it. Therefore, if you want to complete all the steps from this guide, we highly recommend that you bookmark it in your browser (click the bookmark icon top right in the URL bar). In this way, you can easily get back to it and continue from where you left. Now, the first thing that you should do is press the Windows and R keyiboard keys together. You should see a Run box open on your screen. In it, type appwiz.cpl and click on the OK button.
The moment you do that, a Control Panel window named Programs and Features will open where a list of all your installed applications will be visible. Look at the programs list and search for suspicious apps installed near the time first started disturbing you. If you find such an app, highlight it and select Uninstall. Next, follow the uninstallation steps that appear on your screen and make sure that you opt out of any options that offer you to keep any components related to the app that you are currently uninstalling. After you successfully uninstall any bogus applications that you find in the Programs and Features list, close the window and type msconfig in the Windows search bar. Select the result and you will see a System Configuraiton window open on the screen:
In the Startup tab, search for Startup items that have been added by the browser hijacker or are related to some of its activities and remove their checkmark if you find any. Do the same for any other entries that have “Unknown” Manufacturer or look suspicious to disable them but make sure that you leave the legitimate Startup items checked.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Next, open the Windows Task Manager with the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination and click on the Processes Tab (In Windows 8 and 10 the tab is named “Details“). In it, check if any resource-intensive processes grab your attention. Also, look for processes that have odd names and search online for information about these suspicious processes in order to find out if they could possibly be related to or another rogue application. If you find reliable proof that a given process is related to the program that you want to remove, right-click on it in the Processes tab and select Open File Location.
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    End the processes (right-click on the process>>>End Process) if its files turn out to be dangerous and delete the folders that contain those files. 
    In case you didn’t manage to quit all hijacker-related processes in the previous step, it is recommended that you operate your computer in Safe Mode (use the instructions from the link to reboot in Safe Mode) in the next few steps. In Safe Mode, Windows will run only the most basic processes and will block any hijacker processes from being automatically launched in the background.

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    Go to the Windows search bar (in the Start menu) and type Run. Select the result at the top and copy the line below in the Run window: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts Press Enter and this will open a Hosts file on the screen. Find Localhost in the text and look at the image below:
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    If you detect any strange IPs below “Localhost” in your Hosts file, then this could mean that has made some changes in your Hosts file. In this case, please leave us a comment with a copy of those IPs. We will take a look at them and will tell you if they represent any danger or if you need to do anything about them. Next, open Network Connections by typing it in the Windows search bar and selecting the result. After that, go straight to the Network Adapter that you are connected to and right-click on it. Select Properties, and in the new window that opens, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), then click the Properties button at the bottom. Next, select the Obtain DNS server address automatically and click on Advanced. In the Advanced TCP/IP Settings window go to the DNS tab and remove any IPs that might be listed there. Save your deletions by clicking on the OK button on every opened window.

    Here we will show you how to clean each of your browsers from any changes that might have imposed. It is really important that you apply the steps below to all browsing apps that are installed on your Pc even if you are not using them often because the browser hijacker may still have added some components in them without your knowledge.

    Start with a right-click on the shortcut icon of the browser and select Properties from the options that pop-up.

    Next, in the Properties window click on the Shortcut tab and make sure that you remove everything that has been added after .exe in the Target section:
    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions
    Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the OK button to save your changes. After that, start the browser and click on its main menu icon/gear icon to access the Add-ons/More Tools option. ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer: Start IE, click  IE GEAR > Manage Add-ons.
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    In the Extensions list, disable and remove any add-ons/extensions that you find as potentially unwanted. After that go to IE GEAR Internet Options, and if the the homepage URL has been hijacked, change it to a URL that you want and click on Apply.  Remove from Firefox: In Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  > Add-ons> Extensions and remove any extensions that look suspicious and you don’t use.
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    Remove from Chrome: Make sure that Chrome is closed and then manually navigate to: C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.  Find the “Default” folder and rename it to Backup Default. Then, launch the Chrome browser.
    Rename the Folder to Backup Default
    Go to the Start menu and type Regedit in the windows search bar. Select the first result at the top and this should launch the Registry Editor. Press CTRL and F keys from the keyboard simultaneously and write the name of the browser hijacker in the Find box. Search the Registry for entries named after the hijacker by clicking on the Find Next button. If any entries are found, delete them by right-clicking on them. Repeat the search as many times as needed until no more results are found. Finally, from the left sidebar, navigate to each of these directories:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    Search them for sub-folders that have odd names with random characters and if you come across such sub-folders, make sure that you delete them. Warning! Do not delete entries from the Registry if you are not 100% certain that they belong to the software you want to remove. Deletions and changes of legitimate entries may destabilize your system and cause serious disturbance in the normal operation of your PC. If, after completing this guide you are still facing problems with, it is best to consider using a specialized removal tool to scan your computer and delete any possible hidden components that are providing the hijacker with persistence.

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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