Malware is what experts commonly refer to as a browser hijacking program. takes over your browser by means of integrating with it and makes it act in certain predetermined ways. Namely, aligns the browser’s behavior with its advertising practices in the name of promoting specific products and services. Malware

The Malware will display pop up ads and messages.

Websites can also be the subject of promotion, and therefore very often browser hijackers like this also tend to change the browser’s homepage and even the default search engine. Other alterations may include the addition of a new toolbar or browser add-on. What’s more, browser hijackers are particularly notorious for installing ad-generating components in your Chrome, Firefox or other popular browsing program. And thus, very soon your screen becomes flooded with popups, banners, box messages, in-text links and various other intrusive online advertising materials.

And the purpose of it all is, of course, profit. The developers of software like gain revenue based on the number of online ads that were either seen or clicked on by users. And this is in line with such online business models like Pay Per Click and Pay Per View.

What is annoying, though, as that there is essentially nothing in it for the end user. All they get is a completely chaotic and disrupted browsing experience and other unwanted side effects that we will cover in just a little bit. So, most people who’ve come into contact with software like prefer to have it removed quickly and efficiently. And we’ve prepared just the thing for this. Below is a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions that will show you how you can uninstall from your computer together with all of its browser modifications.

The Malware

Browser hijackers like are generally not considered to be harmful or dangerous. Yet many experts still tend to see them as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs for a number of reasons. For one, they tend to end up in your system without you necessarily knowing about it, which is sketchy and underhanded in and of itself.

Then, they pull on a considerable amount of system resources which can lead to system slowdowns, browser sluggishness and even crashes. And finally, perhaps the most serious concern surrounding browser hijackers has to do with their page redirects and the various links and ads that they display. The thing is that the developers aren’t really worried about the content of the websites they’re promoting, of their safety for that matter.

So, there is a certain risk of being redirected or otherwise landing on a given web location that is unsecure. And as a result, there is a chance of getting infected with viruses, and serious ones at that. Trojan horse viruses and ransomware in particular heavily rely on fake online ads (called malvertisements) for their distribution. And trust us when we say that you don’t want to be anywhere near malicious threats of these ranks. Therefore, we recommend trying to avoid any kind of interaction with ads when you’re browsing the web.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Popups, banners, box messages and in-text links, as well as other online advertising materials, flooding your screen during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Program bundles that you are most likely to download from torrent sites, open source download platforms and other file-sharing web locations.
Detection Tool

Remove Malware

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 Thrash 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 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!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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