Browser Redirect Ads Removal

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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This page aims to help you remove These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you’re computer has been invaded by a strange new program called and you’re not sure what to do in order to remove it, we’ve got just the thing for you. You most likely came to notice that something wasn’t quite right with your system when you noticed certain changes to your browser. A new homepage was probably there to greet you, when you opened your favorite Chrome/Firefox/IE or other browser. Next up was a new default search engine that kept redirecting your search queries to various sponsored pages. And to make matters even worse, your browser has become increasingly plastered with ads of various types: banners, popups, popunders, box messages, in-text links and others. What’s more, though, no matter what you try – the changes won’t go away. Well, don’t worry – we have designed a removal guide to help you locate and delete all the files from your machine once and for all. But read through the article first to find out more. All you need to know

First of all, let’s explain what it is that you’re dealing with. is a browser hijacker. This is a software type solely created with the purpose of generating and distributing advertisements. It’s a marketing product, essentially. Therefore, it’s fully legal and you don’t need to worry, if you were suspecting a virus attack. That’s not the case here. Browser hijackers promote certain products and services and in doing so benefit their developers, too. They make their money based on the number of clicks the ads receive from regular users such as yourself. Thus, it’s in the developers’ best interest that you click on as many ads as possible and they really act on that. For example, as you can surely tell by now, it’s very difficult to avoid the many ads. Firstly because of their sheer quantity, but also because of their obstructive placement. But the developers usually also program their products to go beyond that. What do we mean?

Hijackers like can often have access to your browser’s history. In it, they will not only be interested in what pages you visit. They will want to know about your search requests and the kind of content you demonstrate interest in. They can derive this information from the things you like or post on social media, for example. This data lets the browser hijacker determine what ads you might potentially be attracted to, so it starts narrowing down the ad flow to show only those products and services that will ‘speak’ to you. And if this sounds like a privacy violation to you – sure enough, others have already sounded the alarm. Experts usually pace hijackers in the category of potentially unwanted programs. That is also because hijacker developers may sometimes even sell the collected data to third parties. And there are yet another couple of factors that support the PUP status.

For one, interacting with the ads is a very undesirable thing to do, because it is possible that they may expose you to malware. Now, is not a virus – we aready cleared that point. However, with ransomware and other viruses gaining such popularity, so is one of their primary distribution methods – malvertising. This is the process of infecting ads with malicious scripts, so that when clicked on, the malware infects the user’s computer. Therefore, we do not recommend clicking around on random ads, whether they’re by, or website hosted. Another unpleasant effect that hijackers may have is slowing down your machine. Due to the system resources these programs often require for the ad generating process, they might cause programs on your PC to take forever to load, its general performance may be compromised and you might even start experiencing system malfunctions.

As far as distribution of these programs goes, is usually found in program bundles. You can typically download these for free from various file-sharing and similar websites. The hijacker or other component may be bundled in the setup of some other program, so it’s important to customize the installation settings of the program you are installing. Do this by opting for the advanced or custom option. This will let you know about any added content and you will be able to deselect anything that seems shady or unwanted, so that it doesn’t bother you later.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Increased number of ads within browser, changed homepage and default search engine.
Distribution Method Spam emails, program bundles found on file sharing, torrent and other similar websites.
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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).


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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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