The program known as has the potential to be unwanted, as it can modify a web browser’s settings without the user’s approval. usual behavior includes changing the default search engine or homepage, and introducing unwanted browser tools that redirect users’ searches to commercial-filled sites.

Have you noticed strange changes in your browser lately? Do you have a new homepage or default search engine that you didn’t set up? If so, your browser may have been hijacked by a potentially unwanted program called

Browser hijackers are some of the most annoying types of software on the web. They are often used to redirect users to specific ad-supported sites, bombard them with aggressive pop-up ads, banners, and box messages on every webpage, and steal personal information. But the good news is that you don’t have to suffer from it.

Our article is aimed at providing you with a removal guide that will help you locate and remove the files effectively. We understand how frustrating and stressful it can be to deal with a browser hijacker, but it’s crucial to take action before it leads to more severe consequences, such as installing adware, keyloggers, spyware, or even redirecting you to phishing sites that steal your sensitive information.

Remember, prevention is key when it comes to browser hijackers. Be mindful of the software you download, and always read the terms and conditions carefully. Stay safe online, and if you suspect that your browser has been hijacked, follow our removal guide to take back control of your browser.

The Virus

Browser hijackers such as the virus are generally categorized as potentially unwanted programs due to their aggressive ad-generating and page-redirecting behavior. Yet, they are not viruses or malware and when compared to a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware, for instance, it becomes apparent that the browser hijackers are pretty harmless since they are not able to perform any malicious processes on your machine.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A stream of sponsored ads may constantly spam your web browsing activity.
Distribution MethodTorrents, free download managers, shareware and freeware sites, software bundles, spam.
Detection Tool

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

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove!

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

    Browser hijackers are software programs that can be installed on your computer without your knowledge, and they can be quite annoying. They generate numerous pop-ups, banners, and plain text hyperlinks that can be quite intrusive and keep your browser’s screen busy. These ads are designed to get you to click on them, as this is how the developers make money through a common online advertising scheme known as PPC or Pay Per Click. For example, programs like and Wigglewurm generate income every time you click on one of their ads.
    While these programs themselves may not harm your computer or compromise your data and software, clicking on random adverts may hide some risks. Malvertisements are increasingly being used as a means of virus and malware distribution. The presence of a hijacker on your computer increases the chances of clicking on one such malvertisement among the various commercials that can pop up on your screen. Inadvertently clicking on a fake ad can lead you to a malicious website loaded with Ransomware, Trojans, and other viruses that could immediately detect a weak spot in your system.
    Therefore, to ensure your system’s safety, it is recommended to keep away from all the pop-ups and ads generated by these programs. Uninstalling them can be a rigorous process, but it is best to start with your browser and work your way to your operating system to see how far-reaching the hijacker is.
    One way to start is by removing suspicious and unnecessary toolbars and extensions. It is advisable to delete everything, and after doing so, close your browser and restart your computer. Once your computer has restarted, verify that what you removed is still gone. If it is, change your browser settings, such as your default search engine and homepage, to ensure everything returns to normal. However, if you’re still being redirected or an extension won’t uninstall, you’ll have to go deeper.


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