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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.

Why should you stay away from and its ads?

Having your browser hijacked by could be a really unpleasant experience. This program is an ad-generating piece of software, which tends to behave like a browser hijacker and tends to modify the settings of your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Browser hijackers are generally considered legitimate and do not contain any malicious code that can harm your system. However, in most of the cases, they may cause some browsing disturbance and irritation due to the aggressive advertising methods they employ. For instance, once installed on your system, may replace your legitimate homepage or search engine with some new, unfamiliar one and may start to redirect your search queries to various intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners and misleading links. Users typically find this activity as dubious because the purpose of the hijacker is to make them click on the generated ads or land them on some unfamiliar sponsored web pages. Many people are afraid to interact with the suggested content because in some cases, nasty viruses like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other dangerous threats may be caught from dubious redirects and annoying pop-up ads. While this is not always the case, such a risk really exists and for this reason most security experts will encourage you to remove the ad-generating software.

The intrusive browser hijacker’s activity generally reveals that something is wrong with the affected browser, and the users may start looking for suspicious programs or browser extensions on their system. Unfortunately, detecting the browser hijacker and its components may not be that easy because this software knows how to hide in the system. To detect and uninstall, you may need to use anti-malware software like the professional removal tool. Those of you who want to manually remove the software should follow the removal steps provided under the article.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden page redirects, ads, pop-ups, banners and intrusive new tabs.
Distribution Method Torrents, software bundles, ads, spam messages, free download links, automatic installers, freeware and shareware platforms. 
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. 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. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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). Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)


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. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)
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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. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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: Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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: Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

  • 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). Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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!

What should you be careful with?

You should remember that browser hijackers usually tend to track your online activity all the time and transmit it to different marketers, advertisers, and other third parties. This means that may silently monitor in the background what sites you visit, what ads you’re viewing, searches, and similar data and provide it to its developers or other people who want to learn more about your browsing habits and interests. You may want to rethink whether such information should reach someone you cannot trust. In addition, data collection is typically used to deliver targeted ads, so it can be used to prompt you to interact with more spam or “suggested” ads that you may like.

Be careful if your browser causes redirects to specific sites each time you run it. may make you use a specific search engine just to let you have several sponsored search results and to redirect you to click on them. As a result, you may come across suspicious sites that may ask you for personal information or sketchy pages that may contain malicious software such as Ransomware, Trojans and other nasty viruses. In such case, you should do everything possible to stop the redirects and stay away from similar sites. A permanent solution that we recommend is to remove the browser hijacker that initiates them as soon as you find yourself using some manipulated search results.

How did I get infected?

You can accidentally let get into your system if you install new programs using the Standard or Auto Setup. It is extremely important to change the installation settings to avoid infiltration of potentially unwanted programs because they are usually distributed along with other free programs. All you have to do is to find and configure the installation settings right away – so choose the Manual or Detailed installation settings and look for suspicious fields in them. If you find fields that allow the installation of unknown programs, suggested software, browser tools, and similar programs, do not continue with the installation until you have configured them correctly. Uncheck all these fields, and then you can continue. Lastly, we should alert you that browser hijackers may be found also as free software on the web, spam messages, torrents or shareware sites, so make sure you always download software from reputed sources and customize the installer accordingly.

How do I remove

To eliminate the browsing disturbance permanently, we recommend you remove as soon as you notice some potentially unwanted browser changes. If you want to find all the related hijacker components and uninstall them all, we suggest that you perform a system check using the professional removal tool. A free manual removal guide is also at your disposal, but we recommend it to users, which are confident with their computer skills and have dealt with browser hijackers or similar software before.


About the author


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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