Browser Redirect Removal

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This page aims to help you remove These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Have you heard about browser hijackers before? Well, if you have not, on this page we are going to explain to you what exactly is causing the irritating flow of ads, banners, pop-ups and all sorts of notifications you are seeing on your screen lately. You have probably noticed a new program called that has recently applied some changes to your browser – it has probably changed your home page and has replaced your default search engine with another, unknown one. As a result, now dozens of ads are displayed on your screen every time you open up your browser and you don’t know how to stop them and reset your settings to normal. If this is the case, the instructions below are made just for you. Here you will find out how to remove the source of your disturbance in a few easy steps and permanently save yourself from the annoying ads.

A browser hijacker – is this a virus or what?

Although it may sound scary, a browser hijacker is not a program you should be concerned about in terms of system security. If you are facing such a thing for the first time, then you should know that these pieces of software are generally harmless applications. Unlike viruses or the real malicious threats like Ransomware and Trojans, these programs are not capable of harmful activities. They cannot encrypt your files like Ransomware does, nor can they replicate on other machines like viruses do. However, they have gained their fame as potentially unwanted programs (PUP) with their rather irritating behavior. Why?

Browser hijackers are developed and specially programmed to display a huge amount of advertising messages that may come in different shapes, types and sizes. Ads, banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, blinking messages, notification boxes and even new tabs and pages – they are alladvertising content that could be generated by a browser hijacker. is one such program and most of the things you are experiencing with it are pretty much related to displaying these types of ads. However, this program may also perform some other activities, which may be referred to by some users as a privacy issue as well as a potential security risk, that’s why they may feel annoyed by it and may wish to remove it.

Tracking users’ activity…

What we really have in mind there? A program like not only may generate ads, but it also may track down the users’ online activity. For example, it may monitor their last web searches, the pages they visit, the products and services they like and share on social media and even their web location. This traffic data is usually transmitted to third parties and developers and they may use it for various purposes. In most cases, the developers just try to optimize the ads that the users see with the sole aim to make them click on the blinking boxes. Why would they want the clicks? A money making scheme called Pay-Per-Click is involved here and how it works is it practically pays the browser hijacker developers a small amount for every click that the displayed ads could get from the users. That’s why they try to display as many ads as possible and make them so intrusive and annoying that the users have no other option but to click on them. Is this legal? Yes. Perfectly legitimate, though quite aggressive method used by most of the online marketers and software developers.

A tool used for some income…

In fact, developers mostly use browser hijackers as a tool to earn some income that supports their software development costs. That’s why you are more likely to find programs like in software bundles or free application installation wizards. Of course, open source download platforms, free downloads, online installation managers, spam emails and torrents could also contain such programs, so beware when downloading things from the web and check the installation package carefully. One way to do that is to read the EULA before installing anything on your machine. However, we know that the EULA could really be too long and boring, so another quicker way to check what is in a given bundle is to click the custom option in the setup. A menu usually opens and shows all the applications that the installation package contains and there, users can manually select or deselect applications with just a single click.

What’s trickier here…

Since many people rarely use the custom option, they feel tricked by the browser hijacker and think it gets installed in a bit of a stealthy way. However, the tricky thing here is not the installation, which could easily be prevented with the custom option in the setup, but the uninstallation process. Removing is a bit specific. It doesn’t get removed the way you normally uninstall programs from the control panel but requires some more advanced knowledge about the deep system files of your OS. That’s why we advise you to follow the instructions in the removal guide below with attention to the details. In case you are unsure which files you should delete, the removal tool will help you do the same in just a few clicks and no risks for the system.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Ads, pop-ups and banners that get aggressively displayed all over your screen.
Distribution Method  Software bundles, spam emails, free software installations, open source download platforms, torrents.
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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).


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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.


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.



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.

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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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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