When a browser hijacker such as gets installed on your machine, you may realize that some unwanted changes may take place in your main browser. For instance, may change your homepage, which will be substituted by some sponsored page, or a replacement of your default search engine with a new one you may not recognize.

The malware will display pop up ads and messages

You may also start experiencing frequent page-redirects that land you on websites full of advertisements, banners, pop-ups, and other sponsored content. Basically, the moment you open your browser, whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or another one, dozens of ads may begin appearing on your screen. However, in the removal guide below, we’ll explain to you how to quickly uninstall the unwanted program generating those, along with all its browser modifications.

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When you download and install some free software, can easily find its way to your computer if it is bundled in the software package. Therefore, you should always find information about the software you are installing, and about any added components that may be bundled with it, by clicking on the advanced or the custom settings, as well by reading the EULA. You may also see the program in the software package you are installing if you pay attention during the setup phase. But if you go straight to the standard configuration settings (which you probably did since you ended up on this page), then you will most probably install by default.

Why is uninstalling a good idea?

In some instances, Browser Hijackers like, Humisnee, iStart Search Bar may drive you insane because they may constantly redirect you to various web locations, and spam your screen with aggressive advertisements.
You may want to remove this software for another good reason, though. Threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, and computer viruses may often be disguised as random ads, and may secretly sneak inside the stream of regular pop-ups, banners, and ads, which the Hijacker may display. Of course, nothing good expects you if you happen to click on such a malicious ad, therefore it is best not to click on anything that gets generated on your screen randomly.

At the same time, if you keep a program like on the system, the chance of you bumping into such threats is always present. And while this scenario is not so common, you should always keep in mind that catching a Trojan, a Ransomware, or other malware from advertisements is always possible. However, don’t think that a Browser Hijacker is comparable to a malicious threat because of this. In fact, a program such as can’t do anything that is directly damaging to your system – all it can directly do is annoy you with its advertisements, and mess with your browser. Therefore, if you find such an app in your device, you should not panic because it is not a virus.
However, it is a good idea to follow the instructions from below if you decide to remove as a preventive measure. We have provided you with a comprehensive guide on how to handle the removal manually, but do not hesitate to use the recommended removal tool and/or leave us a comment if you encounter any issues.


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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).



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. 


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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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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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    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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