Browser Redirect Malware

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More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. is an unwanted but non-malicious application that belongs to the browser hijacker category and typically affects popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. takes over the system’s main web browser by installing a new search engine or replacing the existing homepage with a new one.

The Virus will interfere with your browser.

Some of our readers have sent us help requests about and have reported that this browser hijacker has imposed some unwelcome changes on their favorite browser without asking for permission. Many have complained that has been redirecting their web searches to random websites and pages full of intrusive ads, banners, and pop-up notifications. A number of people have tried to remove those ads and uninstall the newly imposed search engine changes and the unfamiliar homepage that has been introduced into their browsers but without success. That’s why we have decided to dedicate this article to the exact steps needed for the successful uninstallation of the above-mentioned browser hijacker from all major web browsers. You will find a comprehensive removal guide on that right below, but in case you can’t follow the manual instructions, you can still remove by using the automatic removal tool which you will find on this page.

Is a browser hijacker a threat to one’s system?

Browser hijackers are, basically, programs that can take over your web browser’s settings. Such programs are developed for the purpose of online advertising and they typically integrate with your default browser and introduce all the above-mentioned changes (such as the changed homepage and so on) with the intention of promoting different websites, products, and services on your monitor. As soon as a program like gets installed in your system, you will almost immediately notice an increase of the online ads in your browser that come in the form of pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, text messages, and redirect links and get shown all over the screen. These are (mostly) paid ads that generate revenue for the browser hijacker developers on a pay-per-click or pay-per-view basis. The more you click on them, the greater is the profit for the people who own the browser hijacker that displays them.

In theory, there is nothing wrong or harmful in this software and its ads. Yet, many web users fear that programs like might be harmful and typically call them “redirect viruses”. The reason is, most browser hijackers tend to be quite aggressive in their attempts to get you to click on their paid ads and tend to employ some invasive online advertising tactics to reach their goal. For instance, they can introduce some undesired changes not only to your browser’s settings but also to some of the OS’ settings. Such changes can help programs like to show more ads, monitor your web browsing activity and automatically redirect you to specifics sites but, at the same time, they may render your machine more susceptible to external threats such as viruses or malware like Ransomware and Trojans, especially when being constantly routed to random web locations. This is certainly something to take into consideration when you decide whether to keep software such as on your system or to uninstall it. But if you don’t want to risk a close encounter with a Ransomware, a Spyware, or another virus, our general security advice is to remove any application that does not provide you with a useful service and that could potentially expose you to security hazards. So, if you decide to remove from your computer, make sure you check out the removal guide below or simply scan your system with the attached professional removal tool.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Unauthorized changes to your web browsing app such as a new search engine, a new homepage, or frequent redirects to unfamiliar sites.
Distribution Method Freeware sites, shareware platforms, torrents, ads, spam messages, free download managers.
Detection Tool Malware 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.


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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More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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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