Browser Redirect Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

Did your computer get infected with Here’s some information about this annoying program and its features: is a browser hijacking program that creates web ads for  your Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other browser that you could be using. You will likely begin to get hundreds of ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs from this software if the unwanted program manages to integrate itself within your browser and replace its regular starting page and search engine with custom ones. You may also start to experience certain webpage redirects and start landing on web pages full of sponsored content, which you may not really want to vsit. How can you remove and save yourself from the ads invasion? This is what you will learn if you stay with us until the end of this article. On this page, we have provided our readers with a special Removal Guide with exact instructions which will show you how to remove the new search engine and the annoying homepage, which the hijacker might have added to your browsers as well as how to uninstall the program responsible for the unwanted changes. You will also learn what dangers browser hijackers might hide and how to protect yourself from them in the future. Therefore, stay with us and let us tell you more about this annoying type of software. is a potentially unwanted program, distributed along with other free applications. If you install a free program that has a Hijacker component added to it, soon hundreds of ads will start appearing in new windows and tabs on your browser. Moreover, these ads may appear as regular promoting content coming from sites that you visit but you mustn’t fall for them as they are likely coming from the hijacker and not from the website. Sadly, it could oftentimes be difficult to tell the difference.

Some of these pop-ups may offer great promotions, free samples, services, coupons, price comparisons, and may prompt you to subscribe to sites you may not have heard of before. You may also get bids to install free programs or software updates or directly get redirected to some sponsored web pages.

If you wonder what should you do with all these ads showing on your screen, we would advise you to reject all the suggestions without hesitation. Browser hijackers are not dangerous viruses and may not want to harm your system or mess with your personal files the way that a Trojan horse or a nasty Ransomware would, but still, you should not trust them as they aren’t the most reliable type of programs. 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

Keep in mind that this type of software is created for affiliate marketing and its only goal is to advertise its partners and their sites. It’s a fact that most of the ads that may displays may look extremely appealing and useful, but it is not a good idea to completely trust them. Clicking on the sponsored content may indirectly expose you to security hazards, or redirect you to sites with a questionable reputation. Some of these sites may be dangerous and may promote infected downloads (such as Trojans, Ransomware, and other viruses), so if you want to keep your computer safe, make sure you do not agree to install any content from them, especially suggested software updates (Java, Flash Player, etc.) or some other free installers.

This, however, is only a temporary solution. To stay safe from and remove the nagging ads and redirects, the best you could do is to uninstall their source completely. In your case, this would be and we suggest you eliminate it with the help of the Removal Guide below.

How has succeeded in hijacking your browser if you have not downloaded it yourself?

Generally, potentially unwanted programs are getting spread throughout the web together with other free programs. Your consent to their installation is well hidden under the default installation settings because the majority of users believe that these are the preferable option to pick. This is a big mistake. If you want to make sure that the program you are installing is reliable, as well as to see if it contains additional applications, you need to use  detailed/manual installation and deselect all optional clauses and added installs if you believe that they shouldn’t be allowed into your system. We also recommend that you read the privacy policy and terms of use to learn about the personal information that the (might) software collect, how it uses it, as well as any other important information that you may want to be aware of.

Instructions on removing

You can find instructions on how to remove below. Do not be hasty and follow each step everything carefully. We are sure you do not want to miss any of the components of the unwanted program when trying uninstall them. Fortunately, the browser hijacker is a low-level software hazard and is not very dangerous – there are many other malicious applications nowadays that can destroy your system data without hope of restoring it so a simple hijacker shouldn’t be too much of a trouble. That said, good computer protection should be a top priority if you really want to keep your machine safe and clean from undesirable and potentially dangerous software programs. For this, we suggest you scan your PC with the professional removal tool suggested on this page and make sure no potentially unwanted programs have remained on your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may start to experience certain redirects and may land on web pages full of sponsored content
Distribution Method Software bundles, free downloads, automatic installation managers, spam messages, emails with attachments, ads.
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.

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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