Malware is a rogue browser plugin that operates as a browser hijacker and makes unauthorized changes to the settings of different browsers. Apps like normally fill in the screen of the hijacked browser with pay-per-click advertisements and initiates page-redirects to specific websites.


The users who have on their Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other commonly used browsers report that this app somehow keeps track of their web surfing activity and always finds a way to display pop-ups, banners and click-bait ads that match their latest searches. In addition to that, this hijacker tends to make some unwanted changes to the browser’s main search engine, the homepage address and the toolbar’s appearance.

As a result, the system’s main web browser starts to operate oddly, becomes unresponsive and automatically displays a variety of on-screen banners, box updates, pop-ups and other advertising messages during the browsing sessions.

The Malware

Thge malware will change the home page on your browser without your permission. The search engine which the malware will redirect you to uses results from Bing, Safari, Chrome and other browsers.

TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove!

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

How to remove

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the extension
  4. Get rid of by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for in there
    4. Uninstall from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is

    Apps like, Vip Captcha Now and Cool Captcha Here can normally integrate with every web browser without warning users about their plans to change its main settings. However, after the browser “improvements” of the app have already been imposed, the end result would be a new homepage address or a different search engine that displays sponsored search results and automatically redirects users to specific websites.
    If you want to uninstall all these annoying browser changes and remove all the nagging ads without making them come back again, you would need to head directly to the root of the browsing disturbance, which in your case is
    Uninstalling a browser hijacker, however, may not always go as smooth and as easy and you may want to. That’s why, to save you time, and to avoid a possible unintentionall system corruption, we’ve developed a special manual removal guide for to help you in the removal process.

    Is dangerous?

    The majority of browser hijackers are known as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), even if not classified as computer viruses or malware. This is because, often, this kind of software can trigger some device vulnerability issues (by making changes to the browser), as well as user exposure to numerous online security hazards, including ransomware and Trojan Horse transmitters and different phishing pages. This is why, if not removed, such applications may indirectly affect the safety of your computer by redirecting you to random web pages with obscure content and making you click on various sketchy web ads.
    Therefore, if you want to prevent a close interaction with online threats such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits and other stealthy pieces of malware and their potential transmitters, our advice would be to stay out of all of the promotional materials.
    Another factor why you may wish to uninstall is that the ad-generation processes it may initiate may consume a significant portion of your system’s resources. After all, the hundreds of ads and auto-directs may need to use a massive RAM and processor power in order to get displayed on your browser’s screen during your web surfing sessions. Over time, this may make the computer slow and unresponsive to your other commands, since the browser hijacker will constantly keep it busy with displaying promotional materials.

    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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