“Malware” Removal (Sept. 2017 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 “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If a particular kind of software has been annoying you lately and its name is “Malware”, the article we have shared here is going to answer all your questions about this annoying program. Also, we will be talking about the reasons why typically targets only your browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer) and is because of that classified as a browser hijacker. Moreover, we are going to discuss all the features that typically characterize this software type. And among the usual traits we can mention are its abilities to display lots of rather annoying ads; redirect your searches to locations on the web you had never intended to visit; or to set some very different and unknown homepages and search engines in place of the ones you had originally set. Furthermore, we will also be sharing some prevention advice to help you avoid this sort of software after you have removed the ongoing contamination. For the successful and properly performed removal of this irritating hijacker we have designed a special Removal Guide, available to you for free at the bottom of this page. is a program that falls into the browser hijacker category, a fact perfectly explaining this program’s capability of making some changes to the browser apps you have installed on your device. Maybe you have already guessed from its name that such a program may cause some changes to your browsers’ settings. These probable modifications might result in the broadcast of big numbers of ads, some really irritating redirection processes; and in the usage of some unfamiliar search engines/homepages. These are the usual and most bothering possible effects any browser hijacker may have on your PC.

Are browser hijackers connected to any known versions of dangerous malware (Trojans, Ransomware, etc.)?

Generally, it is true that hijackers top the list of the most irritating types of software you might ever catch on the web. Nonetheless, they are not in any way close to any malware, because they do not have/show any truly harmful or damaging traits. The characteristics of the popular malware types (like Ransomware and Trojans) might include researching your data and encoding exactly the files you access most often. Furthermore, any typical malware, for instance, one from the Ransomware family, is perfectly capable of crashing your system as a whole, or destroying some of the most important files you keep there. Another characteristic trait of the famous malware types, for example Trojan horse malware, is their ability to spy on you and keep track of all your web activities, once the malware has attacked your system. An even more disturbing aspect is that all the malware’ activities might be so subtle that you may not really notice them before they have rendered some serious damage, such as draining your bank account or even stealing your identity. “Malware” 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 malware 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-malware 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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove 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


How does a normal contamination process occur? Can self-install on your computer?

The very likely methods of spreading are typically related to the reasons why such software is designed in the first place. Software developers are likely to distribute browser hijackers and other kinds of ad-related software by incorporating them into program bundles with other programs and apps (sometimes games). From a general point of view, such software combinations are available free of charge as their designers get paid for making sure many ads get spread by the possible hijackers inside such a bundle. Nonetheless, any contamination inflicted by does not follow as a result of simply downloading a bundle like this. Such an infection can only occur on the condition that you install the downloaded software set in an ignorant way that does not allow you to choose what to install on your PC, and what parts of the exact bundle to exclude from the installation process.

In case you DO want your PC to be hijacker-free, and to have the opportunity to install only the components of a specific bundle you really want, it is mandatory that you select a more elaborate installation option (usually, either the Customized or the Advanced one). This is mainly the way to have the control over the installation process of any bundle or a separate program and always stay protected. And in case of an already ongoing infection, our Removal Guide below may be the solution you are looking for, so take a look!


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some irritating changes of your browser apps, such as new toolbars, a new homepage and/or default search engine
Distribution Method Via various sources, the most common of which are the so-called bundles.
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-malware program we recommended or try our free online malware scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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