Browser Redirect Removal

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

The most important fact about is that this program is not a virus, nor does it have the harmful abilities of a Trojan horse or Ransomware threat. However, it belongs to the group of “potentially unwanted programs” and more precisely, the “browser hijackers”. There are several reasons for computer security professionals to alert users about this type of software and in the next lines, we will tell you everything to need to know about it. First of all, browser hijackers such as are a fairly common problem. You can find them in any of your browsers (be it Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or some other) after downloading free programs without monitoring their installation process.

If the installation wizard of any of these free programs contains, it will most probably integrate with your system by default, change your browser’s homepage and search engine, cause redirection to related web pages, generate pop-up ads in your search results, and expose you to various other ads, sponsored links, and commercial content. By displaying modified search results, the browser hijacker basically redirects users to third-party web pages that want to increase their popularity, earn from traffic or clicks on their ads. Needless to say that such activity helps the creators of this program make money. However, it’s a good idea to avoid ads that are provided by and its search engine. The reason is that in some cases, some fake ads or misleading links may sneak inside the stream of real ads and may lead you to download suspicious programs that may attempt to steal your personal information and your money. It is not excluded that you may even bump into a real virus or catch a Trojan-Ransomware infection. As you can see, the browser hijacker, though not harmful on its own, may need to be removed from your system before it causes you some serious trouble. To effectively uninstall all of its components, we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide below or better scan your PC with the professional removal tool. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



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.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


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.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.


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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 up 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


What methods are used to distribute

There are hundreds or even thousands of browser hijackers looking for a way to slip into your computer and start loading your screen with advertisements. Online users, however, need to be aware of the different hazards that unfamiliar search engines and random redirects can cause on their computers and their safety, so it is good to stick with more popular and reliable browsing tools.

You must be a careful if you want your computer to be safe and avoid redirecting to unfamiliar web pages, no matter how attractive or good looking they might be. As we talk about, keep in mind that this program may begin to interfere with your normal browsing activity without your approval. Typically, the hijacker is distributed as an additional element of free programs and thus causes computer delays, redirects to suspicious web pages and other similar issues. If you’ve noticed changes to the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer DNS settings, you’ll need to uninstall the imposed startup or home page from your browser to stop it from bombarding you with ads.

To avoid this and other potentially unwanted programs from becoming part of your system in the future, you should know that they are commonly distributed along with other free software as optional applications. Therefore, you should choose Advanced or Custom Setup settings and observe the entire installation process carefully so you can choose which applications to install so that your system settings, homepage, and default search engine are not changed by some potentially unwanted programs. This way of distribution also known as “bundling” is very common nowadays, so be careful if you can avoid installing free software at all. Otherwise, beware and avoid Quick or Recommended Installation methods.


If the main reason to read this article is “How do I remove from your computer?”, then we have come to that part. While it’s not hard to get rid of this browser hijacker with a removal guide like the one below, it can be hard to find the correct ad-generating files and other components manually. Usually, they are integrated deep inside the system and there is a risk of deleting something else if you are not really confident with your computer skills. Using the professional removal tool is the fastest and the safest option since the program detects and removes the hijacking components automatically. Both methods are available below, so take a look and decide which one will work the best for you. You can also write us in the comments if you face some difficulties.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine, intrusive flow of ads, pop-ups and banners, page redirects.
Distribution Method Usually, this program is distributed via software bundles but it may also be found in free download links form the web, torrents, spam messages and ads.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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