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Many users have reported that their web browsing experience is being disrupted by the aggressive page redirects, ads, pop-ups, and banners that the application generates on their screens. If you are experiencing this disturbance, it is likely that this is the root cause. Fear not though, because on this page, we will show you how to remove and permanently get rid of any ad-generating and page-redirecting components. will hijack your browser and display ads and messages that will make your web surfing unpleasant

What is the Virus?

The Virus is a type of software that infiltrates web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and others, with the sole purpose of redirecting users to unwanted sites. It can modify various browser settings, including the homepage and search engine, to increase the visibility of the sponsored sites it promotes. While not as severe as other malicious software such as spyware or Trojans, the virus can be frustrating and intrusive for users. Such software is created by programmers and advertisers to inundate users with a deluge of sponsored ads, banners, pop-ups, and promotional pages, often mimicking legitimate browser add-ons., in particular, is designed to promote specific sponsored domains, search engines, toolbars, and pay-per-click ads in a highly intrusive manner. While such activity may not be illegal, it is deemed unwelcome and unwanted by many users.

How to get rid of and prevent it?

It is important to note that is not a virus that installs itself without user permission to inundate the screen with pay-per-click advertisements. Instead, browser hijackers like,, Mintnav are typically installed by users themselves, often as a result of careless software installation. Many users tend to make the mistake of running through the setup of a new application, a torrent, or a free installation package without carefully reading the EULA and paying attention to the Advanced/Custom settings. As a result, they may unknowingly install and similar advertising applications, which are often bundled inside different automatic installers. To avoid such potentially unwanted applications, and get rid of before it is installed, we recommend carefully reading all the installation settings and being selective about software sources. This can save you from the need to uninstall different annoying applications later on.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsThis program may install a new search engine or a homepage in your main browser. 
Distribution MethodCommonly found inside different free software bundles, torrents, automatic installers, ads, spam, software updates.
Detection Tool

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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove!

How to remove

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How to remove from your browser?
  1. To begin the removal process of, you should first open the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. In the search bar, type “Programs and Settings” and select the first item that appears.
  3. Look for in the programs list that shows up and select it.
  4. Then, click on the “Uninstall” option and follow the instructions provided by the removal wizard to complete the uninstallation process.

It is also recommended that you check the list of programs currently installed on your device and uninstall any suspicious software you find. Here is how to do this:

  • Navigate to Control Panel and select “Programs and Features” followed by “Uninstall a Program.”
  • Carefully examine the list of programs and look for any unfamiliar or recently installed software that may be associated with
  • If you come across any such programs, uninstall them immediately.
  • If prompted to alter or repair the questionable program that you want to unistall, choose “NO” and proceed with the removal wizard to completely remove the program.

Remove from Chrome

  1. First, open Google Chrome and click on the three dots icon located in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the dropdown menu that appears, select “More Tools” and then “Extensions.”
  3. Look for any extensions that may be related to or that you suspect might be causing problems in your browser and remove them.

  • Open Chrome, click the three-dots to open the menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Search for items that could be related to and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Next, navigate to the following folder on your computer: Computer > C: > Users > Your User Account > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data.
  • Once you’re in the User Data folder, locate the folder named Default and rename it to Backup Default.
  • Finally, restart your computer to complete the removal process. Note that the App Data folder may be hidden by default, so you may need to make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Launch the browser and click the menu button.
  2. Then, from the menu, select the Add-ons button.
  3. Search for the extension.
  4. Get rid of by removing it from extensions

If using Mozilla Firefox:

  • Open Firefox and click on the three parallel lines menu icon in the upper right corner.
  • From the menu, select Add-ons.
  • Find any unwanted extensions related to and click on Remove to delete them.
  • Go to the Firefox menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the left sidebar.
  • Check the browser’s homepage and new-tab page addresses and change them if they are currently set to unknown or untrusted addresses.

If using Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer:

  • Open Edge or IE and click on the browser menu icon.
  • Select Extensions and find any unwanted extensions related to
  • Click on Remove to delete them.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address and if it has been modified by or another unwanted app, change it to a preferred address.

By following these steps, you should be able to remove and restore your browser settings to their default state.

How to Delete

In summary, deleting involves:

  1. Identifying and terminating any related processes from the Task Manager.
  2. Deleting suspicious files from the file location folder.
  3. Removing any associated browser extensions.
  • To remove, you should start by accessing the Task Manager on your Windows PC. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and selecting Task Manager.
  • Once in the Task Manager, look for any processes related to, or any suspicious process with an unusual name that is using a lot of RAM and CPU.
  • Right-click on the process and select “Open File Location.” This will take you to the folder where the files for that process are stored.
  • If you don’t see any processes related to, you can try looking for other suspicious processes and open their file locations to check for any potential threats. It’s always a good idea to search for information about the process online to determine if it is a legitimate program or not.
  • Once in the file location folder, you can start testing all of the files stored there by dragging them to a free online scanner. Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy.
  • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, select the suspected process in the Task Manager and click “End Process” to quit it. Then, delete all of the files in the file location folder that you are allowed to delete. If any files show an error message when trying to delete them, leave them for now and return to them later.
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    How to Uninstall

    1. Click on the home button in your operating system.
    2. Search for Startup Apps by typing it into the search field.
    3. Once you have located Startup Apps, open it.
    4. Look for in the list of apps and disable it by turning it off.
    5. After that uninstall by turning it off and restart your computer to ensure that the changes take effect.

    To completely remove all traces of, you will need to carefully search for and uninstall any related entries from the Registry. To do this, follow the steps below:

    1. Open the Registry Editor by typing “Regedit” in the Windows search field and pressing Enter.
    2. In the Registry Editor, open the Find dialog box by pressing the CTRL+F key combination.
    3. Type “” in the search field and click on the Find Next button.
    4. Delete any detected results and repeat the process until no more results are found.
    5. To ensure that there are no remaining entries linked to in the Registry, manually go to the following directories and delete them:
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Random Directory
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Random
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Random

    Be very careful when working with the Registry Editor, as any mistakes made while deleting entries can cause serious problems for your system. It’s always a good idea to create a backup of the Registry before making any changes.

    What is

    Browser hijackers are special pieces of software used by online advertisers and programmers to promote and display huge amounts of sponsored ads, banners, pop-up links and promotional pages on users’ screens during their regular web surfing. Usually, such pieces of software resemble normal browser add-ons and may get incorporated into popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and others. is a new representative of this advertising software, and as such, it is specialized in aggressively promoting certain sponsored homepage domains, search engines, toolbars, and pay-per-click ads by imposing them on the users’ screens. In its nature, such an application is very different from typical viruses or other malicious threats like ransomware, spyware or Trojans. However, despite the fact that its advertising activity is not against the law, many users consider it annoying and potentially unwanted.

    Is dangerous?

    Despite its questionable behavior, know that isn’t actually some kind of sneaky application that installs itself without your permission and starts to spam your screen with pay-per-click commercials. Such stealthiness is typical for real viruses, especially for Trojan and ransomware infections, which can infiltrate your computer without any symptoms. A browser hijacker like this, however, is typically installed by the users themselves, usually when they perform a careless software installation.
    A common mistake most people make when they launch the setup of a new application, a torrent, a free installation package or an update is to run through the steps without carefully reading the EULA and without having a look at the Advanced/ Custom settings. What they typically don’t pay attention to is that and similar advertising applications are commonly bundled inside different automatic installers and if not removed manually from the installation manager, they may become part of the system when the setup process completes. That’s why, if you want to stay away from browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications, we advise you to carefully read all the installation settings and be selective about your software sources. This way you may save yourself from the need to uninstall different annoying applications later.


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


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