Browser Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker disguised as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. hijacks the settings of the homepage, the new tab page, or the search engine of the infected browser, and starts to initiate page-redirects to different websites.

The Virus will redirect your searches and display pop up ads and messages

A Browser Hijacker (, is an app that you probably don’t want in your computer due to some of the things it could do. Usually, an application of this type would get installed inside your browser and would try to alter it in ways that benefit the hijacker’s creator. The main purpose of this sort of program is online promotion – they seek to advertise different sites, services, and products on your screen. The more successful their promotional activities are, the higher the income that the hijacker’s creator would earn.

Usually, the hijacker will introduce changes to some of the elements in your browser.  A new homepage address might replace the one you are used to and your search engine may also get modified to better serve the agenda of the hijacker. Also, sudden page-redirects are almost guaranteed if you have an app of this category in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge browsers. As we said, it’s all done with the aim of promoting something in order to generate revenue. However, these advertising activities oftentimes come at the expense of the users’ undisturbed browsing experience, and it is because of this that hijackers such as the newly reported are seen as unwanted. 

A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.

The Gestyy Virus

The Gestyy Virus is an unwanted software app that resembles a browser add-on and is known for rerouting the user’s traffic to advertising-heavy sites. The Gestyy Virus can be installed in Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers and it can change their settings without permission.

Speaking of, this is among the latest representatives of its respective software category and if you have it in your system at the moment, you are probably wondering how you could get it removed.  You may have already tried to uninstall this app without any success or you may have been able to temporarily remove it from the affected browser only to see it return to bother you the next time you start a browsing session. This is to be expected from an app of the hijacker category, as these programs are specifically designed to have difficult uninstallation. In most cases, users need help with the elimination of these apps, but the good news is that we can offer you such help on this page. Our steps in the guide below will share with you the information you will need to get rid of the unwanted software and restore the normal settings of your browser., and other similar apps, are certainly not as dangerous as Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, or Trojans. Here, we aren’t talking about an actual virus intended to harm your system or to corrupt oyur data. Most hijackers lack any actual malicious abilities as their purpose isn’t to cause harm. However, this doesn’t mean that can be regarded as a perfectly safe app. A problem with hijacker such as this one (other than their intrusive and disruptive nature) is the chance to get exposed to real online dangers if you keep such software in your computer. Sometimes, some of these redirects, banners, or ads that might show on your screen may not be linked to what they seem to promote. Instead, they might be ads that have been “hijacked” by hackers and used to redirect users to phishing sites, or pages filled with Trojans, Ransomware, and other threats. For that reason, it is always much better to remove  programs like in order to prevent accidental exposure to more serious security risks.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A new search engine in the browser or a new homepage address are potential symptoms that can be related to a browser hijacker. 
Distribution Method File-bundling is currently the most widespread distribution method for apps of the browser hijacker type.
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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).



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.


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!

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