Browser Redirect “Virus” Ads Removal

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Nowadays, the web is full of irritating and very aggressive advertisements, and no matter what you do, sometimes you can’t really get rid of them. Most of these ads are displayed directly on the websites you visit, but sometimes their source could be a browser hijacker like What exactly a browser hijacker is and why it causes some strange page redirects and unauthorized changes in the homepage or the search engine of your Chrome or Firefox browser is what we are going to explain here. If you read the information below, you will learn how to restore your browser settings and easily remove and all of its annoying changes and popping advertisements from your screen. Not only that, but you will also learn how to prevent such annoying programs from invading your browser in the future, so stay with us until the end to find out more. Browser Redirect Browser Redirect

No need to panic if you have discovered on your machine.

Being invaded by a browser hijacker like is surely an unpleasant experience, mostly because your online browsing may get severely disturbed by tons of popping ads, new tabs, undesired changes in your browser settings and multiple page redirects that constantly expose you to various sponsored messages and aggressive promotions. However, the presence of a browser hijacker on your machine does not represent a virus threat or some other malicious software such as a Trojan, Ransomware or Spyware. In fact, the main reason for the existence of the browser hijacker is not to do harm to your computer or your security the way that viruses do, but to redirect your online activity to as many sponsored advertisements and web pages as possible. This software is one of the tools that the online marketing industry uses to aggressively promote its products and services on the users’ screen through Pay-Per-Click advertisements. Basically, whenever you click on such paid ads, this brings some income to the owners of the browser hijacker and that is the reason why you are seeing so many of them all over your screen. The intrusive ad-generating activity, however, may often irritate users and they may seek for options to uninstall the browser hijacker from their machines.

Why is it a good idea to uninstall

The annoying changes in your browser and the flow of aggressively popping advertisements are not the only reasons why some people may decide to completely remove from their computers. Basically, despite not being malicious, browser hijackers may have some other quite questionable activities related to tracking the users’ online habits and collecting browsing related data for various marketing purposes. From analyzing the users’ preferences and customizing the displayed sponsored ads, to transmitting the collected data to various marketers, this could be considered as a privacy invasion and may give a good reason for the people to get rid of that software as soon as possible.

What’s more, nobody can guarantee the safety of the randomly displayed ads and the pages where the users may get redirected to. The risk of malvertising is equally real with ads that online displayed ads as well as with browser hijacker generated ones. That’s why it is a good idea to generally avoid clicking on popping messages and landing on unknown websites. Different viruses and malicious scripts like Ransomware usually use fake ads and misleading links to infect unsuspecting people and the chance of bumping into them is very real if you don’t eliminate the source of the ads on your screen.

How to reduce the chance of catching a browser hijacker?

Having a basic understanding about how browser hijackers usually get distributed on the web has a lot to do with the effective prevention from this type of annoying software. What we would advise you is to generally be smart when it comes to online browsing – avoid clicking on different ads and sponsored links, especially if they are delivered to you via spam emails and attachments. Usually, programs like are distributed along with some other programs (such as free applications, players, games, optimization kits) and they can be found bundled in their installation package. That’s why, it is best if you carefully read the EULA of any new software that you intend to install, and always opt for the most detailed installation option such as the “Advanced” or “Custom” one. This will ensure that you always have full control over the bundle and can easily see and disable any potentially unwanted software from the given installer.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Intrusive ads and popping links may redirect you to various web locations. Your browser homepage or search engine may get replaced with some unfamiliar ones.
Distribution Method Software bundles, spam emails and attachments, ads, freeware platforms, torrents, online installers.
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. “Virus” Ads 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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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:

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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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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

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