Have you recently encountered a number of unauthorized changes in your default web browser, all thanks to a program called Then you’ve landed on the right page where we will explain all the details that you need to know about and delve into the reasons behind its browser alterations that have probably triggered both frustration and concern regarding your online safety. In brief, what you are dealing it is a browser hijacker software that may not be as dangerous as Trojans or Ransomware, but still deserves your attention, because its primary mission is to take control over your web browser and use it to display dozes of pay-per-click ads, pop-ups and banners during your web browsing sessions.

The virus
The virus will display pop up ads and messages

Is safe? is not a direct danger to your computer, but a browser hijacking piece of software that has the potential to be an irksome companion during your web browsing escapades. Its main activity is related to tinkering with your browser settings, resulting in pesky sponsored page redirects and persistent ads that seem almost impossible to remove. Exercising caution when interacting with the ads and redirects is advisable, as they may inadvertently land you on questionable websites.

The Virus

This browser hijacker enters systems without proper user notification, and for this reason it is often confused for a virus. This misconception arises due to its intrusive nature, much like viruses. However, it’s crucial to understand the core differences between these two types of software. While viruses can replicate on their own and can infect files, “the virus” seeks to attach itself to a browser, with its primary objective being the manipulation of the browser settings and redirecting users to undesirable websites. Often, this hijacker may hitch a ride with some other free software and may get installed alongside the main program if users fail to disable it during advanced/custom installations.

What is is an annoying piece of software that seeks to attach itself to different popular web browsers. Operating without user authorization, this program stealthily modifies various browser settings, which leads to undesirable outcomes for the users, such as being redirected to suspicious websites or witnessing the addition of new add-ons or search engines. The primary objective of a hijacker like, Parthyptead or revolves around maximizing advertising revenue by enticing users to interact with specific sponsored links. As a result, users who are hosting such software on their system may find themselves inundated with unwanted advertisements and changes to their browser’s homepage or search engine. Luckily, you can put an end to all these nuisances by following the guide below. Pop-ups

A general piece of advice that we give to users who encounter pop-ups is to proceed with cation, as the pop-ups may present a risk to their online safety and privacy. The intrusive advertisements cling persistently, luring unsuspecting users to interact with random links and expose themselves to various scams and other cyber perils. Furthermore, the pop-ups forcefully redirect users to dubious websites that may place personal information in jeopardy. The unstoppable flow of ads interrupts the regular browsing experience and hinders the smooth navigation and access to the desired content. Therefore, to have a safer and more secure online environment, it is recommended to remove the browser hijacker promptly. on Chrome

If you’ve discovered on Chrome and you don’t know what to do to remove it, we’re here to help you do just that. First and foremost, keep your cool and avoid clicking on the numerous banners, ads and pop-ups on the screen. Open your Chrome settings from the three dots menu and search for any unwelcome add-ons, new extensions or alterations. If anything appears fishy, don’t hesitate to remove it. Additionally, you can run a thorough scan using trustworthy antivirus software to detect any concealed threats. If you need a step-by-step explanation for removing on Chrome, consult the guide below.

Once this hijacker takes hold of your system, one of the most frustrating issues you’ll encounter is the automatic redirection of your search queries to This website serves as a platform for sponsored content and advertisements, allowing the hijacker’s developers to profit from the user redirects and clicks through popular remuneration methods like pay-per-click or pay-per-view. The consequence for the user, however is a bothersome and intrusive browsing experience where he is compelled to visit against their will. Fortunately, you can act swiftly to rid your system of the unwanted program causing the redirects and restore your browser settings to their original state with the guide provided below.

Type Browser 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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