Clients5 Google is potentially unwanted software from the browser hijacking/page-redirecting type, which has the ability to take over popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and more. After hijacking them, usually installs a new search engine, changes the default homepage and forces the users to surf the web through the newly installed components. Malware

The Virus will redirect you searches and display pop up ads and messages.

The program also begins to generate sponsored search results and various annoying advertisements (pop-ups, new tabs, banners, etc.) which are often aggressive and don’t would not go away from the screen. Some of the ads may just be annoying, but you may also land on redirecting links, which may lead you to potentially dubious web pages, where hackers may be spreading malicious software (Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.) and other dangerous computer infections. For this reason, most of the security experts, including our “How to remove” team, generally advise users to limit their interaction with the content, generated by browser hijackers like “Malware” and also completely remove the pesky software from the PC system.

In fact, if you uninstall this software now, you may save yourself from unexpected contamination with dangerous viruses as well as from exposure to annoying advertising content. Additionally, the hijacker may also be able to track your online activity and collect information related to your surfing habits. Even if most of this information is classified as non-personal and is claimed to be used only for advertising purposes, you may unknowingly provide personal data and expose your privacy to danger. That is why we advise you to protect your system and remove “Malware” as soon as you notice its presence. You may use the professional anti-malware tool that we have linked on this page or some other trusted security program to automatically detect and delete the hijacker.

The Malware

Eliminating is essential if you want to make sure that your browser is safe and functioning to its maximum capacity. Such software may often make your browser unresponsive, sluggish and unstable and may even create some vulnerability to your system. For instance, in order to generate ads and redirect you to sponsored sites, “Malware” may disable your firewall or at least alter its settings and enable automatic pop-ups and ad-generating scripts on your browser, through which malware like Trojans and Ransomware may sneak.

Most potentially unwanted programs, including browser-hijackers like, usually sneak into the system thanks to the users’ careless online behavior. Most people typically skip through most of the provided settings in the installation menus of new programs or download applications from unauthorized developers, torrent sites, freeware or shareware platforms and various free download links. Mindless clicking on shiny and colourful web offers and sketchy online ads is not a good idea either. Still, the most common way potentially unwanted programs can crawl into the computer is during the installation of free apps. Browser-hijacker makers group their products with regular programs and offer them as program bundles. Additionally, the information about all the bundled apps is usually not disclosed if you use the Quick/Recommended Setup Settings, which are the installation settings that most users tend to use. Therefore, the users who choose these settings aren’t given information about the bundled browser hijacker and, thus, cannot opt-out of its installation. distributes itself mostly through such software bundles and, therefore, many computer users do not even notice how the program gets installed on their system. It usually is installed by default along with the main software. Fortunately, if you want to avoid potentially unwanted programs, you can do that very easily. They do not install themselves as computer viruses and can be avoided as long as long as you are careful and vigilant. From now on, you should only choose the Advanced or Custom Settings whenever you attempt to install a new program and carefully disable the additional components which you deem potentially unwanted. Also, it should go without saying that you must always be cautious with your online activities and avoid interaction with web content that doesn’t seem safe.

How to effectively remove from the system?

According to security researchers, the browser-hijackers typically install additional components in order to secure their presence inside the PC and to prevent their removal from the system. The detection and deletion of these components may be a bit difficult for an inexperienced computer user. Therefore, we advise you to remove automatically, using a professional security tool. You can use the professional anti-malware application we have suggested on our site for this purpose or download another security program which you trust. Then, perform a full system scan and get rid of the browser hijacker. Alternatively, there’s always the manual method of removing a hijacker – instructions on how to manually get rid of the pesky software are available below, within our removal guide. Also, to complete the uninstallation process of the hijacker, you should reset your browser settings. To help you with this, at the end of the article we have prepared detailed instructions for the most commonly used browsers. You will find them below.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive generation of ads, pop-ups, page redirects, changes in the browser’s homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, free software installers, torrent sites, freeware or shareware platforms and various free download links. 
Detection Tool Malware 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 Malware

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). Malware


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. Malware

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

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Malware

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: Malware

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Malware

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: Malware

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. Malware Malware

  • 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). Malware

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Malware Malware  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Malware —–> Manage Add-ons. Malware

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Malware —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Malware Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Malware  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Malware

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. MalwareRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Malware

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Malware

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!



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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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