Cranchit is an application that specialists sort into the category of browser hijackers. As such, Cranchit can take over the browser you have on your PC and make it behave in certain ways.


The Cranchit Virus will display pop up ads and windows

Namely, as browser hijackers primarily act as a tool for online advertising, they will make your browsing program behave in ways that correspond to this. For instance, a program like Cranchit will likely change the browser homepage to some sponsored site. And the same may also happen to your default search engine, where you will find it replaced with a new and unfamiliar one. This is done with the intention of drawing more traffic to these websites.

But the symptoms don’t end there. All throughout each and every one of your browsing sessions you will be bombarded with various online ads. These can be popups that appear out of nowhere, banners that are plastered over half the screen, different blinking boxes and colorful links littering plain text, and so on. Not to mention that as you’re browsing the web, you may experience spontaneous page redirects to other sponsored web locations, which can be quite annoying as well.

And if you try to change your browser settings on your own, they will go right back to their old state as soon as you restart your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or whatever other browser you’re using. And unfortunately, the only way you will be able to be successful in this endeavor is if you remove Cranchit from your computer. And to do this, you will require a special removal guide like the one we have prepared for you just below this post.

Is Cranchit a dangerous program?

If this is the first time you have ever had to face a browser hijacker on your PC, then it’s understandable that you may be fearing the worst. You might be thinking that this is some terrible virus that has invaded your machine and you could be looking at some serious potential damage.

However, browser hijackers are not viruses and are only seen as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. This is because, for one, they use sneaky tactics to trick people into allowing them to be installed on their computers. For another, they also engage in rather unsavory practices in order to be able to more effectively push certain products and services on you. Like for instance, programs such as Cranchit are very much capable of keeping tabs on your browsing patterns.

They can keep track of the type of websites you visit, the kind of content you interact with, etc. And this information is later processed to display tailored ads on your screen.

And last but not least, software of this type does come coupled with the risk of at some point exposing your system to different external threats. For example, you may be redirected to a page that has been infected with Trojans, ransomware, spyware, or other malicious programs. And if there are some vulnerabilities in your OS, you could easily fall victim to any of these.


Name Cranchit
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new browser toolbar, homepage and/or default search engine, along with numerous online ads filling the screen. 
Distribution Method Spam message, other browser hijackers or adware; but mainly via program bundles. 
Detection Tool

Remove Cranchit Virus

To try and remove Cranchit 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 Cranchit extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Cranchit by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Cranchit and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Cranchit 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


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).



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:


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.


Cranchit  Remove Cranchit from Internet Explorer:

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


Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Cranchit —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Cranchit Remove Cranchit from Firefox:

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


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

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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


Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


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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