Browser Redirect Removal (March 2018 Update)

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The article below presents the characteristic features of – a member of the browser hijacker software category. This program is perfectly capable of rendering some changes in the appearance of and the ways in which all your preferred browser apps normally function. Such changes may affect all of the most common browsers, such as Chrome, Explorer, Opera, Firefox or any other one. Furthermore, your favorite homepages and search engines may be substituted; your browsers might be redirecting you to different web sites all the time. Moreover, this kind of programs could be capable of authorizing the never-ending and irritating production of pop-ups and other forms of ads. The paragraphs below are going to inform you about all this software could be able to result in. Of course, we have also added some removal instructions and prevention tips to guide you through the process of tackling such an issue.

What are browser hijackers really about?

Browser hijackers represent a kind of software focused on advertising various products, software, services and all sorts of other things. These programs are indeed legitimate instruments of the marketing industry similar to advertising on TV or the radio that we are used to experiencing all the time. Actually, the difference is that you are in fact able to avoid the online ads whereas what the TV and radio show is not under your control. What we can add is that software developers and producers appear to consider that the more irritating the program is – the more ads it generates and the more redirection it causes, the more effective the advertising process is. Programmers are paid according to the precise number of ads a program like might broadcast and the number of them that are actually clicked on. That’s why hijackers have a rather notorious reputation – because such ad production and redirecting practices could be perceived as suspicious and illegal – something they really AREN’T.

As for the removal of, stick to the instructions in the Removal Guide below as closely as you can. 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.


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.


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!

Despite all the characteristic features, could also be considered a virus?

People with some experience in the field have not proven yet that hijackers have any malicious effects. To be more precise, there are a lot of differences between the different malicious categories – Ransomware, Trojans; and programs like in general. For instance, the initial difference is that Ransomware and Trojan horse viruses usually infect your device rather automatically. On the other hand, when we talk about a hijacker infection, such a program always has to get your approval in order to get installed on your PC. In addition, the typical manners in which viruses and hijackers function are totally different, and the components of your system they may affect are not the same. For example, viruses normally target some files, profile credentials or the disks and drives of your device. On the contrary, can only modify your browsing applications; and nothing else will be influenced by this kind of software.  

Common distribution methods that developers use to spread

Hijackers may be lurking on contaminated web platforms and inside all sorts of shareware. What’s more, the most common place you should expect to catch a hijacker is from any program bundle. Program bundles are sets of programs that you can download for free from the Internet. In general, they are created when programmers mix some apps, hijackers, Adware-based programs and/or games together and offer the set for free download so that you are likely to be tempted to get such a combo installed (because of the free and interesting software there).

But how you install these software bundle is of ultimate importance. No infection with a hijacker may ever result from merely downloading such a software package. What you have to do is install the whole bundle content carefully, so to avoid installing programs such as on your PC yourself. The bundle’s developers may use your excitement and impatience to try a particular game or app from a bundle, and they might trick you into installing the entire content of the bundle into your system. To minimize the risks of infection, once the installation app is displayed, make sure to go with the Advanced or the Customized features. Avoid all kinds of automatic or quick installer options as they are likely to get the entire content of a bundle installed and that’s something you need to stop for the sake of your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Such a program might affect your browsers by making them produce too many ads and redirect you to various pages – as annoying as it sounds.
Distribution Method In most of the cases via bundling, spam, torrent and shareware distribution.
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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