Virus is a program that can initiate page redirects to sites that users may not have the intention to visit. In addition to that, may cover the main web browser’s screen with aggressive pop-up ads and banners that prompt users to click on various links. Virus

The Virus will display pop up ads and messages

If some unusual and unwelcome changes have been taking place inside your default web browser lately, then you should check your system for the presence of one of the newest browser hijackers named This program is a page-redirecting tool that is mainly used for online promotion. Aside from initiating redirects to some pre-defined sites, this program can also make modifications in the homepage URL or the main search engine of your web browser. It also can generate hundreds of annoying advertisements on your screen, open new tabs, display different supported alerts and promotional messages on the websites you visit.

You have come to the right place if you are looking for an optimal way of uninstalling those changes because, in this article, we have published a detailed removal guide that will help you remove all the strange modifications and ads from your browser.

How does a browser hijacker affect your PC?

A browser hijacker is a piece of software that isn’t a bad thing for you. It’s not a virus and even if its name sounds frightening, such software does not intend to harm the computer the way that a real virus or malware like a Trojan horse or a Ransomware infection will most probably do.

Browser hackers are normally designed to display a large number of promotional messages, ads, banners, and pop-up notifications on the users’ screen. But, the way they do that is a bit aggressive – essentially, they hijack the main browser by replacing the main homepage or the search engine with a different one which automatically redirects all the user searches to some sites and their promotional messages. This is part of a highly lucrative business model called Pay-Per-Click, which allows various online companies and developers to make a profit by collecting user clicks on paid ads. Apps like are just the software that supports such Pay-Per-Click models.

However, the browser hijackers often cause tremendous navigation problems and web browsing frustration to the users who have them in their system. The developers are of course after the money, and they are more than interested to show you as many paid ads every time you open your browser. That’s why they will typically set apps like to fill your screen with them. This is not illegal, but it may not be helpful to you either. You won’t get money out of the ads, as the clicks go into the developers’ pockets.

What you will get, however, will be an unstoppable stream of advertisements in the form of pop-ups, promotional banners, and nagging redirect prompts. To some people, this could be enough reason to become irritated to the extent where they want to uninstall But that’s not all. Users should also take into account the use of malicious page redirect tactics and fake advertisements when deciding what to do with the browser hijacker because some of its ads may accidentally redirect to web locations full of dangerous viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty threats. 


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  It is very typical for the Browser Hijacker to replace the main search engine with a sponsored one and to change the homepage URL.
Distribution Method Users can download Browser Hijackers from freeware platforms and can install them along with some other free applications that get distributed in a bundle.
Detection Tool

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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 Thrash 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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click Virus —–> Manage Add-ons. Virus

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Virus Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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