Browser Redirect Malware

This page aims to help you remove the Malware. Our removal instructions work for Android, iPhone, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and MacOS.

The Malware is categorized as a browser hijacker by security experts. is known to cause browser redirects and different pop-up advertisements in addition to security vulnerabilities. pop up

The Pop up Malware will display pop up ads and messages

A browser hijacker is a type of software program/application that operates through the user’s browser after having become part of it. Most such apps can get added (or rather add themselves) to the majority of browsing programs out there – any browser from Chrome and Firefox to Edge and Opera can have a hijacker app operate from it. Initially, it might seem that hijacker apps are like regular extensions for browser programs. However, in reality, most such software elements are rather annoying and sometimes might even expose the computer they’ve been installed on to different forms of online hazards such as virus attacks from nasty threats the likes of Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc. The main symptoms that most users experience when they have a hijacker is random page redirects and ads generation as well as replacement of the browser’s default search engine, homepage and new tab page. Typically, the said browser modifications tend to make the browser less effective since the changed starting page/new-tab page and search engine oftentimes facilitate the advertising campaigns that hijacker apps typically conduct. This means that if a hijacker is on your browser, the new search engine or homepage/new-tab page that it might have added to your browser are likely to redirect you to web locations that you don’t really want to visit just so that those web locations could get more exposure to a greater number of users. Naturally, all of this could be highly frustrating to anyone who is forced to experience it on their PC. This is why apps belonging to the hijacker category are widely regarded as unwanted and why most users would rather have them uninstalled than put up with their presence.

A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.

Here, we will give you an example with one specific hijacker app. This is a software element named that seems to possess some of the main characteristics of a typical browser hijacker – the ability to spam the targeted browser with random irritating ads, banners, pop-up messages and blinking boxes, the ability to redirect the user’s searches to unrelated pages and sites and also the ability to alter some of the browser’s functions and settings (the homepage, the toolbar, the search engine, etc.). Due to all this, is regarded as an undesirable piece of software and many customers would like to have it removed from their machines. In case you are one of those people with on their computer who are seeking methods of getting rid of it, look no further. Below this write-up, you can find a set of detailed instructions alongside a tested removal tool both of which you can employ in the quick and effective removal of the pesky app. Just follow the steps from the guide or use the automatic removal program and you should be able to eliminate in just a couple of minutes.

The Malware on iPhone

In the start of this article we mentioned that aside from being highly irritating, hijackers might actually sometimes trigger certain security hazards. What we meant by that is the fact the banners, pop-ups, redirects and all the other advertising materials generated by a typical hijacker might sometimes be unreliable, fake and even unsafe.

Hazardous adverts and web locations can be found all over the Internet and although the hijacker itself is no virus, it could easily expose you to ads that might land you on malware-infested locations where nasty threats the likes of Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits and Ransomware could attack and infect your computer. Because of this, it is always preferable to take the necessary actions and see to the quick and full removal and elimination of any hijacker-related data which might be on your computer. Note that a simple uninstall is unlikely to get rid of everything associated with an app like,, “Pornographic Virus Alert from Microsoft” which is why, once again, we advise you to refer to the instructions from the guide below or to the recommended removal tool.  

You surely don’t want any more undesirable software elements to find their way inside your computer. In the case of hijackers, one of the most typical and effective ways of distribution seems to be the so-called file bundling technique. This is when a certain app is added to another piece of software, thus forming a file bundle/installation package.

Normally, one should be able to install only the main program from the package leaving out anything that’s optional (such as an added hijacker). However, in order to do that, one should manually customize the settings in the setup manager and uncheck the optional components that look like something unwanted. Only then would it be safe to continue with the installation of the main program. Remember and use this tip and also make sure that you also use your common sense when browsing the Internet and you should be able to keep your machine safe and clean in the days to come.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijackers reveal themselves by altering the functionality and appearance of your browser and also by triggering irritating page redirects and ads generation.
Distribution Method Most hijackers get distributed through spam letters, deceitful ads and low-quality downloads with the hijacker bundled with them.
Detection Tool

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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


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. 


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.


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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