In the event of a browser hijacker like seizing control of the system, the homepage could undergo a metamorphosis into an unfamiliar website, and the default search engine might be substituted without the users’ consent. Furthermore, intrusive pop-up ads and banners could inundate their browsing sessions, causing vexation and impeding seamless navigation. Unwanted browser extensions or toolbars may also be installed, modifying the browser’s interface. Moreover, efforts to access different websites could result in unforeseen redirections to unfamiliar or suspicious domains. These alterations signify a browser hijacking, necessitating immediate action to reinstate regular web browsing.

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The virus

Is safe?

Is secure? Typically, users may only encounter minor inconveniences, such as altered search results and an escalation in advertisements. Nevertheless, a browser hijacker like can lead to issues like system instability, diminished browser performance, and potential exposure to diverse online dangers. Hence, it is generally advisable to eliminate such software as a preventive measure against encountering more serious threats. Virus

The virus exhibits a highly aggressive demeanor during internet browsing. It excels at redirecting users to websites not on their agenda. These websites often attempt to peddle items users have no interest in purchasing, be it physical products, security software, digital tools, etc. To compound the frustration, it bombards the screen with ads seemingly impervious to removal efforts. If one hopes to reset browser settings to their normal state, disappointment awaits because it’s not feasible. The sole effective strategy to regain control of online experiences is a complete uninstallation of the virus from the computer system.

What is is categorized as a browser hijacker capable of redirecting users to unintended websites, altering the homepage, search engine, or introducing new toolbars and extensions. The creators of typically engage in these activities to generate revenue, often through methods like pay-per-click or pay-per-view advertising, or other intrusive means. While not as harmful as viruses or malware, can still cause substantial disruptions in a user’s online experience, compromise their privacy, and diminish overall satisfaction, especially if users click on random ads or land on unfamiliar web locations where they are prompted to download different software. Pop-ups

One of the most conspicuous indicators of browser hijacking is the abrupt emergence of unforeseen pop-up ads that envelop the screen. This can understandably prompt concerns because while these pop-ups aren’t directly malevolent, they can inadvertently expose users to various risks. They might entice users to click on deceptive or malicious content, potentially leading to problems like downloading malware, falling for phishing scams, or experiencing data theft. Engaging with these pop-ups might redirect users to fraudulent websites, persuade them to share sensitive information, or even trigger the installation of unwarranted and potentially harmful software. on Chrome

Encountering, , Kavaca or SmashApp on a widely-used web browser like Chrome and encountering difficulties in its removal warrants specific actions. Commence by scrutinizing recently installed software or browser extensions, as they could be the origin of the unwanted changes. Do not hesitate to uninstall any suspicious applications that elude memory and remove any new extensions lacking user approval. Subsequently, access browser settings to manually reinstate the preferred homepage and default search engine settings. This procedure should aid in eliminating on Chrome, along with the aggressive ads and auto-redirects it generates.

The site

A definite signal that a browser has fallen prey to hijacking is when it autonomously directs users to specific websites like, even when there’s no intent to visit them. This occurs because the hijacker has tampered with browser settings. The principal motivation behind these automatic redirects is financial gain for the hijacker’s operators. They coerce users to visit designated sites like, where various paid ads and promotional notifications await. While the hijacker developers exploit users’ web browsing to make money, sometimes, interaction with the ads could inadvertently lead to malware infection or the installation of potentially unwanted software.

TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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


    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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