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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.

This article contains some valuable information about browser hijackers and one particular representative of this software group known as What we can say about them is that they might be overwhelmingly annoying. What we really mean by saying that is the following:

  • Browser hijackers are known to affect all browsers on a computer such as Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge or any other. As a result of their influence on such the browser, the following effects might occur – the substitution of the main browser homepage/search engine with another one or the generation of a great number of irritating advertisements while the affected user is trying to surf the web. Also, irritating page-redirects are very common for browser hijackers as well which is also the reason why many people refer to hijackers as page redirects.

Throughout the text below we have tried to share all the significant info about these browser redirects. What’s more, we have attached a specially designed Removal Guide to help you uninstall such annoyances from your PC. Good luck! 

Hijackers are:

The so-called browser redirects/hijackers are basically advertising tools through which their creators are able to generate considerable amounts of income. We all know that nowadays the advertising business is huge. It is normal to have it online as well and the bothering pop-ups appearing as a result of as well as the irritating redirects to sponsored pages are just a tiny part of the means the interested parties use to get their products advertised and shown to the public.

Is there anything to worry about

In fact, we can sincerely claim that most of the hijackers that we have encountered so far aren’t highly-dangerous and malicious – hijackers are not viruses. Still, the fact that such redirects are not viruses does not mean that they will not behave in a suspicious way.


Getting removed:

You could remove and all of its annoying effects by using the Removal Guide below. It is designed and supposed to help you so go ahead and give it a try if you need the unwanted hijacker removed. 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).



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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.


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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

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First of all, the irritation such pages might cause could be unbearable and the victim users might feel really helpless against them. Secondly, the web platforms and homepages/search engines that are being promoted by these page redirects could be shady as well. Some of them might appear as dangerous and bothering to the affected users. Moreover, some of the page redirects we could have the ability to determine what kind of websites and products users might be interested in and show only pop-ups and banners containing such relevant offers. The way they do that is simple – they access the browser history of the “infected” browser and base their ad production upon the most common requests that have been recently made.

Even bearing all these suspicious features in mind, we need to say that the majority of hijackers aren’t truly harmful and do not fall into any virus category such as Ransomware or Trojans.

If is not based on malware, how could it be distributed without getting detected?

Here comes another suspicious point. might not be a virus, however, it could still be tricky and deceptive. The way such hijackers get distributed can be quite stealthy. That said, they still need to receive the user’s approval in order to get installed on the PC and inside the browser. The manners in which they get such an approval, though, might be shady.

For instance, such redirects might be included in program bundles, torrents, spam messages or various forms of shareware. Bundles are free apps, games and programs distributed together, via a single installer. However, you should know that it is possible to avoid the installation of the unwanted software while still getting the program that you actually want simply. We are going to explain it below how to do that.

Installing bundles (and anything else) wisely:

The secret is to use the right installation feature. Basically, you have to be the one controlling the installation process. For that purpose, anytime you are about to get anything installed look for the custom installation features. They are normally labeled Advanced, Manual or Custom. By using those you get the chance to choose what enters your system and what stays out of it.

Also, it is important to ignore all the features that promise easy or quick installation – the Quick, the Recommended or the Easy options. These options of the installer do not provide you with the full access to the installation customization and are likely to have all extra applications’ installation enabled by default.

Other safety tips!

In addition to having good installation habits, we recommend that you develop some general system-protection awareness – always update your operating system always get the latest version of your antivirus program. This is vital to having safe and properly-protected system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some annoying browser changes such as the appearance of too many ads and the replacement of your previous homepage/new-tab page and search engine.
Distribution Method Via bundles, in most of the cases, as well as via torrents and infected web pages as well.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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