If you have opened your web browser and have noticed that the default homepage you’ve set is swapped out, and your chosen search engine is substituted for an unfamiliar one, then you probably have a bothersome app in your computer. This program can display various ads that can interrupt your browsing session. It may also change your browser interface and add new tools or buttons without your approval. Trying to access your regular sites might redirect you to unknown ones all thanks to this program. Such alterations could be signs that has hijacked your browser and you need swift action to get things back to normal.
The website will display pop up as and notifications

Is safe?

One shouldn’t regard as entirely harmless. It might not be the gravest threat, but it carries certain risks. This browser hijacker can modify browser operations, jeopardize your privacy, and introduce you to insecure web content. Therefore, to keep your system safe, it’s crucial to maintain browser updates, employ robust security measures, be careful with browser additions, and address any anomalies immediately.

The Virus

In the cybersecurity world, many users confuse browser hijackers like, Mintnav, Track Click Crystal with a real computer virus. Although both types of software are unwanted, they have distinct behaviors. A computer virus acts like a contagion, replicating itself and potentially harming computer operations. On the other hand, many mistakenly refer to the browser hijacker as an “ virus” because it has the ability to redirect users to promotional sites, typically for monetary gains via ads or view-counts. However, labeling this software as the “ virus” is inaccurate because it cannot cause direct harm to the system, and understanding its real purpose is important for its effective removal.

What is is an aggressive software that subtly binds itself to your browser, altering its configurations. It might swap out your default homepage, introduce an unknown search engine, and reroute you to random online destinations, which you may have no desire to visit.’s unique trait lies in its focus on generating revenue for its developers through ad engagements and visits to sponsored sites. While not the gravest of issues, the aggressive advertisements displayed by the hijacker and the altered browser settings can disturb the smooth web browsing and can be a good reason for you to want to remove this software from your system. Pop-ups

The appearance of intrusive pop-ups as you start your web browser is not something that a regular web user would want to encounter. While not an immediate peril, these abrupt pop-ups understandably generate disturbance and raise concerns. Engaging with them might result in being directed to sites unrelated to the initial ad that you clicked on, or encountering pages that insistently demand permissions to flood your screen with more pop-ups, banners, and marketing materials. If you are already experiencing this, vigilance is key, as lack of it could lead to unwittingly downloading and installing unwanted or harmful software, thereby endangering your system’s security. on Chrome

Browser hijackers can influence a variety of browsers, and Chrome, being one of the popular browsers, is no exception. If you have on Chrome, what you should do is inspect your system for newly added applications or browser add-ons potentially linked to the unwanted changes. Also, you should eliminate any suspicious or redundant installations. Afterwards, go to your browser setting to restore your preferred homepage and search engine. After you complete these steps, the effects of on Chrome should be gone and you should be able to use your browser normally. If you need help with the exact steps, please check the instructions in the guide below.


Being rerouted to sites like Imgcreator.zmo introduces a range of potential threats, spanning from mere inconveniences to substantial hazards. The degree of risk is directly tied to the nature of the website’s content and the motives of the hijacker initiating the redirects. These involuntary reroutes to Imgcreator.zmo and various other sponsored sites can result in users encountering bothersome or irrelevant web material, thereby obstructing their overall browsing experience. Of greater concern, however, is the possibility that these redirects might guide users towards websites harboring potentially unwanted or even malicious software downloads which can pose a significant danger to the security and functionality of their systems.

TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

How to Remove

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 Trash 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.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from items

    Step3 Remove from your browsers

    • Delete from Chrome
    • Delete from Firefox
    • Delete from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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