This page aims to help you remove Giftswaysorder. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If some odd piece of software has recently been messing with your browser by changing the starting page and default search engine or by redirecting you to different pages and placing ads on your screen whenever you try to browse the online world, the you are more than likely dealing with a browser hijacker application such as Giftswaysorder. Apps of this kind initially seem like regular extensions for your Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Opera browser (or whatever other browsing program you might prefer to use). However, not long after the hijacker has gotten installed in your system and become part of your browser, you’d start experiencing certain unpleasant activities – the changes to your browser, the page-redirects and even generation of a lot of obscure and irritating ads, banners, box messages and pop-ups on your screen. Naturally, most users would get frustrated by that – after all, there are enough advertising materials all over the Internet as it is so likely no one needs any more of that. Unfortunately, however, browser hijackers are everywhere and they are a really common issue that thousands of users face every day. Giftswaysorder is only one recent example of all the apps that seek to mess with the users’ browsers while at the same time offering little to no useful value to make up for the frustration that they typically induce within customers. Still, there’s some good news and that is the fact that, unlike actual virus programs like Ransomware, Trojans, Worms and Spyware, irritating apps like Giftswaysorder are relatively easy to deal with. In most instances a simple uninstallation will not be enough but if you know where to look for the hijacker on your PC and how to delete any data related to it from your system, you should be able to quickly eliminate the pesky annoyance and make sure that your browsing program is back to normal. So how do you do that? Well, you can learn more about the methods of removing a hijacker from our guide manual at the bottom of this write-up. There, you can also find a recommended tool that can further assist you with eliminating the hijacking app in case any additional help is required.
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
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Remove Giftswaysorder from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Giftswaysorder from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Giftswaysorder from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—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!
What else needs to be said about hijackers
Apps the likes of Giftswaysorder are not all that dangerous. They are annoying, yes, and they can really make you frustrated with your browser, sure. However, such software pieces typically contain no malicious code and are normally not created for the purpose of harming anything on your computer. A hijacker would try to conduct its pesky advertising campaigns and modify your browser program in order to facilitate the process of ads-generation on your screen. However, your computer would normally not get harmed by the hijacker. However, being careful is important when talking about hijacking/page-redirecting apps since the advertising materials they tend to display might not always be coming from the most reliable of sources. You know how you are not generally advised to interact with random web ads you see o the Internet – well, the same applies to the adverts coming from app like Giftswaysorder. If you want to keep your machine safe and avoid landing on some obscure or even hazardous page that might have Trojans or Ransomware inside of it, you’d better keep away from any of the pesky and nagging pop-ups, banners and page redirects that this hijacking app might put on your screen.
The distribution of hijackers
Though a lot of different sketchy methods are used for spreading this kind of software and making sure it gets installed on to as many machines as possible, most of the distribution techniques are not actually illegal. Commonly used methods are the spam messages and the misleading ads you might encounter online which is why we advise you to minimize your interaction with any type of online content which might not look safe or reliable. Another really popular and also really effective distribution technique is the file-bundling model. You have likely already encountered this software distribution method. A file bundle is basically an installer for a certain program which has other apps added to it. In most cases, the installation of the other apps is under an “opt-out” clause meaning that if the user doesn’t want the added software on their PC, they’d have to go out of their way to disable it. Many customers do not do that and simply install the main program using the Default configuration which is how many customers get hijackers installed on their machines. However, you can easily prevent this from happening in future – just access the Advanced/Expanded setup menu, There, you will see options regarding the added software apps and you will be able to uncheck (and thus leave out) anything you might not want on your PC. Do that every time when you are about to install anything new on your PC and no hijacker should come to you.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If you have a hijacker on your PC it is likely that your browser’s starting page would get changed as well as your default search engine – replaced.|
|Distribution Method||Typical methods of distribution for this kind of apps are spam messages, software bundles and obscure, sketchy web ads.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|