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More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. is a site-advertising app that promotes different sites by forcing the browser to open them without a warning or permission. fits the description of a browser hijacker – a software type known for taking over the browser and introducing unauthorized changes to its settings.

The virus will interfere with your web browsing experience.

If this app has found its way into your browser, then you are advised to ensure that it gets uninstalled as soon as possible or else there may be unpleasant consequences for your computer’s safety. By saying that, we do not mean to scare you but warn you about the potential results of the presence of such an app in your computer. Note, however, that itself isn’t a harmful app. All it does is it changes the browser’s frontpage and/or search engine and then uses them to spam you with page-redirects.

The Virus

Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or any other browser could get the virus (potentially unwanted app) installed on them which means that it doesn’t matter what browser you are using at the moment and also that switching to another one will probably not help a whole lot to improve the situation.But if the virus isn’t harmful, then why is it still considered potentially unsafe for the system where it is installed.

Well, it all has to do with the types of ads and sites that it tries to expose you to. While a lot of the advertised content would be legitimate, since there’s not much control over the sources of what gets advertised, it’s still possible that some of the sites you may eventually get sent to by the hijacker may not be particularly safe. We probably don’t need to tell you just how damaging and problematic malware threats such as Trojan Horses, Spyware, or Ransomware could be, but this is exactly what you may end up getting on your computer if you allow to continue spamming you with its obstructive and aggressive pop-ups, banners, page-redirects, and clickbait links.

Fortunately, removing this hijacker is not too difficult of a task and you should be able to manage this on your own, provided that you follow the uninstallation instructions prepared at the bottom of this post.

How to keep hijacker apps like away in the future

The main thing to remember when it comes to browser-hijacker distribution is that these apps don’t typically come as separate programs and are instead bundled with some other software that users are more likely to want in their systems. In other words, the majority of browser hijacker apps are distributed through the file-bundling technique. They get added as a bonus feature to the installer of another app or program and if the user doesn’t manually uncheck them while customizing the setup settings, they get installed on the computer. And while unchecking the hijacker from the setup menu usually requires no more than two or three clicks, most users don’t bother to do that, which is what gets them unwanted apps like


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser Hijackers cause the generation of aggressive ads and redirect the browser without the user’s permission.
Distribution Method The method most commonly used for the distribution of browser hijackers is known as software bundling.
Detection Tool

Remove Virus

To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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
a professional malware removal tool.

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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