Browser Redirect Removal (July 2017 Update)

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 Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If your system has been invaded by a browser hijacker, there’s hardly any way you won’t be able to notice it. The changes that these programs are able to cause to your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or other browser are usually quite significant and can even startle some users at first. For example, it’s not uncommon for you to open your browser after a recent infection only to be greeted by a new and unfamiliar homepage and even search engine. Furthermore, upon further use of your browser you will also start to notice frequent page redirects and an awful increase in online ads, such as popups, banners, box messages, etc. Today’s article is dedicated to one of the latest browser hijackers called, and it is prone to initiating this exact same behavior of your browser. However, that doesn’t mean you need to tolerate it. All of the above can be pretty annoying, not to mention that you can’t even change back your settings. But here we will aim to provide comprehensible explanations of what this type of software is all about. And in addition to that we will also offer you a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of

What browser hijackers are really all about

You may be wondering what all the ads, the page redirects and the constant irritation all means and what the point of it is. Well, to put it very simply, programs like are there to expose you to as many online ads as possible. The point of that, in turn, is to get you to maybe interact with them, and that is how the hijacker developers earn money. Thanks to popular remuneration schemes like Pay Per Click and similar, each click of yours on the said ads contributes to the profit the developers make from the whole advertising process. However, aggressive exposure to those popups and banners isn’t all that software of this type is capable of in the name of maximizing income. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

Another thing it can do is monitor your browsing patterns and keep track of things like the websites you visit, as well as the things you search for online. Furthermore, the browser hijacker may also take into account the kind of content you take interest in, say, on social media and other similar platforms. All of the above is what tells a program like what you would currently want to see on your screen and the type of products and services that could be of use or interest to you. But it goes beyond that – the hijacker will then take that into account for each and every separate user and rearrange the ads on their screen so as to match their individual preferences. Thus, there’s an increased chance of actually gaining clicks from those users. But, as clever and resourceful as this may sound, it’s a completely different question of whether users actually want to be spied on like this. And most of the time the answer to that is an outraged ‘no’.

And sad to say, but that’s the least of’s flaws. Besides this under-the-surface activity that goes on, there’s more. Browser hijackers often tend to introduce changes to the system registries of the computers they’re on. This, in turn, leads to the them becoming more vulnerable to outside threats, such as viruses and malware. And aside from make your PC more prone to catching malware, it can actually indirectly lead you straight to it. The thing is that with all the constant redirection processes, you could potentially risk ending up on an infected website. Furthermore, hackers and cybercriminals often inject online ads, such as the ones that have filled your screen, with viruses like ransomware and Trojans and most of the time one click is all it takes for the attack to take place.

With all this in mind, you’ve probably had more than enough convincing that you’re better off removing than allowing it to stay in your system any longer. And once you’ve done that, it would be best for you to make sure that you don’t land programs like this anymore in the future. For starters you can try to download content only from trusted and reliable sources and be sure to always customize the setup of new programs when installing them. That way you can prevent any added programs from getting installed alongside.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser hijackers usually introduce a new homepage and search engine to your default browser.
Distribution Method Program bundles happen to be the leading source, followed by spam emails, other hijackers and adware, etc.
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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