Browser Redirect Removal

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The article below reviews the characteristics of – a browser hijacker program. This program is perfectly able to render some modifications in the appearance and the way all your favorite browser apps usually function. And these changes might affect all of them – regardless of whether you have installed Chrome, Explorer, Opera, Firefox or any other one. Moreover, your usual homepage and search engine could be substituted; your browser apps could be constantly redirecting you to various sites. What’s more, these programs might be able to generate a great number of pop-ups and other ads that could really disturb your online experience. In the text here you are going to read all about this software family and how to cope with its representatives safely, efficiently and pretty quickly.

What are browser hijackers actually?

Browser hijackers are software versions that focus on advertising goods, software, services and all other things. Such programs are legal instruments of the advertising industry similar to the ads that you see on TV, or listen to on the radio all the time. The basic difference is that you are actually able to avoid the online ad campaigns, while what the TV and the radio broadcast can never be controlled  by you. In spite of being legal, though, may really irritate you. There might be so many advertisements that your PC might completely stop responding to your requests. In addition, the appearing pop-ups may be strangely similar to your latest search requests. This happens due to the fact that hijackers are actually able to track your usual searches so as to define your preferences. In fact, this is still legitimate since they might simply access the history records of your browser apps.

Furthermore, programmers and producers appear to believe that the more annoying the program is – the more ads it produces and the more redirection it inflicts, the better the promoting process is. Indeed, programmers get paid in accordance with the precise number of advertisements the program may broadcast and you click on. All of these facts have contributed to the browser hijackers’ rather bad reputation. Consequently, hijackers are now seen as potentially unwanted. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove 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.

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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!

In spite of all the characteristics above, could also be regarded as a virus?

Experts have not proven that any malicious activities have ever resulted from infections inflicted by browser hijackers. More precisely, there are too many differences between all types of malware – Ransomware, Trojans; and programs such as For example, the first and very basic difference is that Ransomware and Trojan viruses normally infect your PC automatically. Even your uninformed approval is not necessary in their case. While when we discuss a hijacker contamination, the program always needs your permission to get installed on your computer. Additionally, the ways viruses and hijackers act is completely different, as are the aspects of your system that they might target. For instance, viruses target some particular files, credentials or the entire drives of your PC., on the contrary, can only change your browser apps; nothing else may be influenced by that hijacker. A Ransomware virus can encrypt your files and blackmail you into paying a ransom for the access to them. A Trojan might format all your disks and drives. On the contrary, browser hijackers are more or less incapable of doing anything like that.

Usual distribution methods that programmers use to spread

Browser hijackers might be lurking inside contaminated websites and all kinds of shareware. Also, the most usual place you can expect to come across a hijacker is inside any software bundle. Ultimately, bundles represent programs that you can download for free from the net in combos. Typically, programmers mingle different apps, hijackers, Adware-based programs and games and make these sets free so that you will be tempted to download it and install it.

How you install software bundles is essential:

No contamination with a browser hijacker might ever come from just downloading a software mix. What you need to do is to install the entire bundle content yourself. Of course, that normally happens without your knowledge. The bundle’s creators might benefit from your excitement and impatience to use a specific game or app from the inside of such a bundle and they can trick you into installing the whole bundle into your machine. When the installation tool is displayed, try to go with the Advanced or the Custom options. They may give you the choice what to install and what to neglect from a bundle (or a program also). The steps you should avoid only provide an automatic or a quick installation procedure. The most popular among them are the Default, the Quick or the Automatic one. Don’t apply any of them.

The removal of

Stick to the instructions below as closely as you can. Our Removal Guide is attached below to help you get rid of this annoying hijacker.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some annoying ones like distribution of ads, redirecting and setting of new homepages/ search engines.
Distribution Method Via bundles and shareware, as well as spam emails, other hijackers, etc.
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.

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