Redirect Removal

This page aims to help you remove Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In case all of your browsers have launched the generation of too many ads (pop-ups/ banners) or their typical homepages and search engines have somehow been substituted by some new ones, and in case they have started to redirect you to unfamiliar pages, it is very likely that your PC has caught one particular version of a browser hijacker. It is called, and it may affect all of the most popular browser apps – Chrome/ Explorer/ Opera or Firefox, and the less common ones as well.

What do we mean by classifying a program as a “browser hijacker”?

All of the known browser hijackers are in fact programs that have all the aforementioned traits: every one of them may modify the settings and the appearance of your browser apps. Such consequences might incredibly irritate you – all the ad streams or default homepage/search engine substitutions could also be quite annoying and may take place in case of contamination with a program like The likely redirection processes perhaps resulting from the infection with could also be very disturbing as the displayed websites could be totally unknown or very suspicious. Furthermore, you might not really approve of the newly-established homepages/ search engines your browsers could start displaying. Generally speaking, though, the manner in which such a browser hijacker may affect your system is harmless as a whole. Still, you may feel awfully irritated at times which makes such programs so unwanted.

Does fall into any malware category?

As a type of a browser hijacker, this product has never resembled any version of malware at all. As an illustration, any standard representative of Ransomware can self-install on your device, and following that, access your data storage spaces and encrypt all the essential files you keep there. Such malicious effects are very unlikely when it comes to the infection caused by any browser hijacker or similar program. Redirect 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. Redirect Removal

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). Redirect Removal


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. Redirect Removal

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

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

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: Redirect Removal

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

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: Redirect Removal

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. Redirect Removal Redirect Removal

  • 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). Redirect Removal

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Targetremove everything after .exe. Redirect Removal Redirect Removal  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

Open Firefoxclick Redirect Removal  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Redirect Removal

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

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Redirect Removal

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 is not an actual hazard, how has your system ended up infected?

Why are most hijackers such irritating programs? All the annoying modifications could lead to are indeed legal, and can result in no actual harm to you or your PC. Its developers have set all hijackers to merely promote new homepages, search engines, products, services, etc. The mere activity of advertising anything is never malicious, nor has it ever been considered illegal. However, the flow of pop-ups and banners might really be overwhelming you while you are surfing the web. In spite of that, none of that is even close to what we see as real malicious threats. Indeed, the reason why programmers create hijackers is that using them for the promotion of services/ products accumulates large profits for them. After all, all work is paid and all people want to be financially comfortable. could come from lots of different sources. All torrents or shareware-spreading web pages might have it as a component, and as soon as you load or download anything from there, you may give your indirect permission to get installed on your PC. Also, it might be hiding inside the infamous software bundles. Still, the act of merely downloading any bundle can’t infect your system with an ad-generating piece. Having it installed in an improper way, however, could leave you contaminated.

What does ‘a program bundle’ represent? The proper way to install such a mix:

In general, a bundle is the mix of several free programs (apps/games), assembled and distributed as a package, usually for free. The one and only really sensible way of getting such a bundle installed on your computer (or any separate program from it), is to NEVER ever grant your permission for the whole content of such a bundle to get incorporated into your system. The installation feature providing the great opportunity to opt in and out of any bundle component and the corresponding unwanted features is the Custom one (also often titled Advanced). Always choose it for the safe completion of any ongoing installation.

We should as well point out the installation choices you can’t afford to make provided that you want to keep your system hijacker and ad-free. Typically, they are marked as ‘Recommended’, ‘Easy’, ‘Typical’ or ‘Default’. Don’t select any of these for the sake of your system’s well-being!


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some unwanted browser apps modifications such as redirection, new search engines being set or very many ads getting generated.
Distribution Method Via bundles mostly. Other possible sources are torrents, shareware, etc.
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-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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