Browser Redirect Pop-up Ad Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

In this current write-up, our main focus will revolve around a software piece named which seems to possess some rather undesirable and unpleasant features which makes it potentially unwanted. Below, we will tell you more about the traits of and how you could deal with it on your own. Therefore, if you currently have the app on your machine and it is irritating you with its activities, make sure to stay with us until the end of this article. is a browser hijacker app which means that it normally operates as a part of any of the users’ browsers – Edge, IE, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and so on. The main complaints from this software is that it tends to replace certain elements of the browser such as the homepage and the search engine and also that it oftentimes redirects the user to obscure pages with questionable contents. Generation of online ads is another potential ability of this app so it is also likely that if you currently have this hijacker on your computer your browser screen would get filled with all kinds of pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes, obstructive and misleading box messages and so on.Although none of this might sound as some major problem, know that the disruption might get so annoying and overwhelming that you might be left unable to use your browser normally or effectively. On the flip side, if you have the hijacker on your computer and you are scared that your machine has gotten infiltrated by some highly dangerous virus, understand that hijackers aren’t actual virus programs. They are nothing like Trojans or Ransomware and, as a matter of fact, most hijacking apps are technically legal. With that said, we still need to go over some of the characteristics of this software group in order to provide you with a better understanding about what you might be currently dealing with. Also, it’s still a good idea to uninstall the pesky app as there’s simply no need for it to stay on your PC and interrupt your browsing every time you start a new online session. Therefore, we have posted a guide on this current page which could be found down below. The guide includes manual instructions for the hijacker’s removal as well as a recommended software tool for automatic removal of such unwanted apps. Choose which of the two methods you’d prefer to go with and use them (either or both) to remove the hijacker. Pop-up Ad Removal

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


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.

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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

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!

What else you need to know

We already said that is no virus – it isn’t some nasty Trojan Horse or Ransomware infection and even if it’s making your normal browsing nearly impossible with its irritating ads, the likelihood of your PC getting directly harmed by it is really low. However, notice how we used the word “directly” in the previous sentence. That is because, even though might not be an innately dangerous program on its own, it might potentially facilitate the exposure of your machine to dangerous hazards. All those page redirects, pop-up ads, box messages and banners are major risk factors and it is crucial that you keep away from them as you could never be certain that any of them aren’t unsafe. Any such uncontrolled generation of advertising materials on your screen has the potential to put your PC at risk which is yet another important reason why it’s probably best if you take care of the browser hijacker before any actual danger has come to your machine.

Distribution of undesirable software apps like

All kinds of methods and techniques could be used to ensure that browser hijackers get installed onto more and more computers and it is easy to see why. Most users wouldn’t willingly install such an app on their machine and yet the developers of browser hijackers need to have their products installed onto as many PCs as possible so that the profit from the hijacker-generated adverts would be at its highest. Because of this, hijackers often get distributed through spam message attachments, misleading web adverts, pirated content, sketchy and misleading sites and so on. Sometimes, a hijacker app might even get put inside another program’s installer under the pretence of being an optional component. Users could easily opt-out of the hijacker’s installation in such cases but they oftentimes forget to do so. However, if you don’t want to land a browser hijacker in this way, always make sure to carefully look through all options available in any setup installer and if you see any clauses that allow the additional installation of some app which might seem undesirable, uncheck the said clause before you continue.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The usual symptoms you can expect are random ads getting displayed on your screen as well as unwanted and unauthorized changes to your browser.
Distribution Method Deceitful ads, misleading spam message and online offers, torrents, file bundles and others.
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