Browser Redirect Removal (March 2019 Update)

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.

If you can’t get rid of all those pesky ads and page redirects that seem to be popping up on your screen every time you open your browser and If your browser has had some of its elements like its starting page, new-tab page and search engine replaced without your approval, then you should probably read the next article as here, we will explain to you what the most likely reason behind those unpleasant issues is. If you are one of the many users who are currently dealing with such browsing disruptions, then you probably have a hijacker app such as on your PC. Browser hijackers are software elements similar to any browser extension. They can typically operate from any browser – you can have them on your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer as well as on any other browser that’s on your PC. The main difference between hijackers and regular browser extensions and add-ons, however, is the fact that a hijacker is likely to only have different unpleasant effects on your browsing program without really offering you any actual useful function. For instance, the replaced starting page and search engine are likely to be more of an annoyance than any actual improvement to your browser and there’s not really any need for us to explain to you why you might not want to have different irritating ads streamed to your browser while you are trying yo surf the Internet in peace. All in all, if you’d like to be able to use your browsing program normally, without getting regularly interrupted by the irritating activities of the browser hijacker, then you should make sure to uninstall the pesky app and remove any data from your PC that might be related to it. 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.

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

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!

Our main focus in the current write-up is the app – it, too, is a browser hijacker representative and as such possesses a number of highly irritating abilities. It can spam ads on your screen, redirect you to sites and pages that it is seeking to promote and also alter the appearance and the overall functionality of your browsing programs without even asking for your permission. Not only that, but you might find it impossible to revert the changes that the hijacker has imposed on your browser if the unpleasant app is still on your PC. This means that even if you try to bring back your old homepage, new-tab page and search engine, the hijacker is probably going to override that and re-impose its modifications as soon as you restart the browser or reboot the PC. This, usually, leaves the user with no other way of dealing with this annoyance than to fully remove the hijacker. Unfortunately, this might not be so easy if you don’t know what you are doing. Sure, this isn’t a malware infection and you aren’t going to be dealing with some scary Ransomware or Trojan Horse but there are still certain specifics you need to be aware of in order to successfully eliminate or any other hijacker app for that matter. The good news is that all the info you might need for the successful removal of this invasive application can be found on this page, within our removal guide for Aside from the manual instructions on how to remove the hijacker, in the guide, you can also find a software tool for automatic elimination of such pesky software elements. Use either or both of the methods to get rid of the undesirable piece of software and bring your browser back to its normal state.

Future protection for your PC

Despite not being viruses like Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, Rootkits and so on, hijackers are still widely regarded as undesirable. Their ads might sometimes be unsafe and the pages they could redirect you to would in many cases be obscure and questionable. Therefore, you ought to make sure that no more such apps make it inside your PC. To do that, you’ve got to be cautious with the sites you visit and the download sources that you use – only go for ones that are reliable and trusted. Also, keep away from sketchy web content such as suspicious ads, shady offers, spam and so on. Lastly, remember to always explore the setup managers of new any programs you are about to install – sometimes hijackers get added as bundled bonus installs to certain program installers which is why you should uncheck all checkboxes in a program installer that seem to allow the “bonus” installation of some other software that looks undesirable and suspicious.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker will typically modify your browser in some way as well as spam it with ads.
Distribution Method Spam message attachments, malvertising, torrent sites, sketchy streaming pages, software bundling and many others.
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