Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox)

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

To begin with, browser hijackers are not harmful programs in the real sense of the word. is a typical member of their software family. As a hijacker, it may integrate itself into the most popular browser apps – from Edge and Internet Explorer to Chrome and Firefox. Any of them can be influenced by this nagging program and may begin to behave in a different way because they have been contaminated by this hijacker. For example, redirection to many  advertised web addresses may occur. You might witness modifications in the appearance of the browser apps, related to the default search engines and homepages. Also, some quite intensive display of numerous  pop-ups and other online ads is also among the potential consequences, which might come as a result of It is true that browser hijackers may really infect any system, but the infection they could cause is not at all considered dangerous. Often, it is just far too annoying. On the contrary, the infections, caused by malware versions such as Trojans or Ransomware programs, are indeed harmful – unlike the one with a browser hijacker, and always results in file encryption, screen locking; or spying, data theft and identity hijacking. "Virus" Removal

If hijackers are not viruses, why might they seem so irritating?

The browser hijackers created so far may cause plenty of annoyance thanks to their ability to send the victim user to websites, which are not among the ones the user has ever planned to load. In addition, they can also modify the default browser homepage and/or search engine; as well as provoke the popping up of a really great number of different sorts of ads – all of this may too be a great source of irritation. However, this happens because they have been programmed to perform such irritating activities in the first place- because of the desire of their developers to make more money. Usually, programmers earn more money if the hijackers they develop are able to organize bigger advertising campaigns (more redirecting, more ads, more promoted websites/search engines and homepages).

How do more than 75% of the hijacker infections occur?

Generally speaking, browser hijacker programs might be lurking inside nearly everything, which could be found on the Internet. Some of them may be components of torrents; others – incorporated into web pages. Some of them are spread around via spam or fake ads, but still, the most common way of catching is by downloading and improperly installing any free program bundle from the web. In case you still haven’t heard of them, bundles are sets of several diverse programs, usually bundled and spread together, mainly for free. Inside such a set you may find games, apps, Adware products, hijackers and other versions of various software. Nevertheless, bear in mind that accessing a bundle is not the real cause for contamination. However, installing such a bundle in an improper way IS. Our next paragraph is all about installing any bundle (or any program) in the best possible way, in order to avoid potential infections with annoying hijackers, disturbing adware or dangerous malware.

Performing an installation process like a Pro

Doing so might be very tricky, as you may simply be interested in using a particular product from the to-be-installed bundle,  and you may want it as quickly as possible. However, if this is the case, you may end up incorporating all of the ones inside the bundle  if you are not aware of the right way to install any piece of software. In fact, this is what we call effective browser hijacker prevention – learning to incorporate any program into your system in the best possible way. The desired safe installation process will only be achieved provided that you go with the Customized feature of the generated installation wizard. All the other options – sometimes named Quick, Default or Automatic,  are not the best choice when it comes to your computer’s safety and healthy condition. As a result, you’d better always strive to stay away from them.  Only the Customized way of installing all the programs that you download could grant you with the opportunity to opt out of all undesired software from a particular bundle, including the possible Adware and hijacker products inside it.

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If you need to remove quickly and safely, we have created a Removal Guide with detailed instructions to help you with that.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser apps could be totally altered: an intensive ad-production process might occur; new homepages/search engines could be set; and you may experience some disturbing redirecting to unknown websites. Some machines could even become slower.
Distribution Method Inside bundles; together with torrents; included in browser extensions or add-ons.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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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