Browser Redirect Removal (March 2019 Update)

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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.

Browsing the Internet should normally happen without any unnecessary interruptions and disruption. After all, it would be best if you could easily and quickly reach the web resources that you need without the need to deal with any irritating obstacles along the way. Unfortunately, however, there are many forms of software out there that can heavily decrease the quality of your online time in a number of ways. One of the most well-known software categories that can interrupt your browsing are the browser hijackers. Those are software components function as added elements to the user’s browsers and operate from the browsing program. They are known for triggering intrusive page redirects, generation of ads all over the PC screen while the browser is open and also for replacing the starting page, the new-tab page and the search engine of the browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Internet Explorer and so on). The frustration from the effects that the hijacker might have on your browser and on your Internet setting could be a real pain in the neck and handling this issue might require some specialized assistance. Here, we can offer you our help for dealing with such irritating applications – on this page, we have posted a guide within which you can find instructions on how to manually get rid of a hijacker as well as a recommended program for automatic removal of such unpleasant apps. Note that we will be primarily focusing on the newly released browser hijacker as this one in particular seems to be very widespread nowadays and there have been a lot of complaints about it. In fact, it is likely that many of you who have come to this page have already had this pesky software piece installed onto their machines and are presently hoping to find some kind of method for uninstalling it and removing its effects from the computer’s browser. As we already mentioned, you can make use of the guide below and have the unwanted app removed with the resources available in it. However, before you go there and attempt to take away the hijacker, give yourself some time to read the rest of this write-up, the information that you are about to acquaint yourself with can prove to be really helpful in the future as it will help you obtain a better understanding of hijackers and you will also learn how to keep away from them from now on. Removal

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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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

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!

Browser hijackers and software viruses (Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.)

A browser hijacker isn’t a type of software that is supposed to harm your machine. and other similar intrusive apps may be extremely irritating and obstructive but they usually have no malicious capabilities and would usually limit their activities to ads generation and browser modification. Of course, to many of you this might seem like something harmful and dangerous and there are indeed risks associated with those activities. However, the truth is that if you have on your machine, then you aren’t really dealing with some insidious virus program. Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Spyware, Rootkits, Worms, etc. are the types of dangerous software that you should really be concerned about. They are developed with criminal intentions and have highly-malicious abilities that can cause numerous types of harm if such a threat reaches your machine. In contrast to that, a simple hijacker like would mostly only spam you with ads and make certain modifications to the browser in order to make its advertising campaigns more effective and better optimized. Although this might actually expose your PC to certain risks due to the uncontrolled stream of advertising materials some of which might be unsafe (so don’t click on any of them), the hijacker itself won’t really engage in any damaging activities that can inflict damage on your system or data.

Common methods of hijacker distribution

There are different ways a hijacker could land on your PC. It could come through a spam e-mail attachment that you have recently downloaded, through some sketchy online offer or request that you have opened or with the help of some other software program’s installer. The last method that we mentioned seems to be the most effective. With it, the pesky app is combined with some free or cheap program and is put inside its installer as an optional component. You can usually choose to leave out that optional component but many users forget to do that. Sometimes, to opt-out of the hijacker’s installation, you’d have to use the Advanced/Custom installation settings so always look for those and use them to install new software whenever they are available in order to be able to leave out anything that’s potentially unwanted.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  In most cases your browser would get altered in unusual and unpleasant ways.
Distribution Method Some popular hijacker distribution methods are spam e-mails, unreliable web ads and installation bundles.
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