Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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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.

Many users have recently been plagued by a thing called It’s a form of the most notoriously annoying and frustrating piece of software known as browser redirect. And if you’ve landed of this page in the hopes of finding a way to remove this program from your computer, we can totally understand how the numerous pop-ups, banners and box messages can quickly get to you. Our guide, which you will find at the bottom of this page, below the current article, will walk you through the removal steps and help you rid yourself of this nuisance once and for all. Stick around for some more information on how exactly browser redirect operates and what hidden risks there are, which you might not be aware of. We will also provide you with some tips on how to protect your system from future infections and ensuring a maximum carefree browsing experience.

How operates

Like any form of browser redirect, is there to generate hordes of never-ending advertising material. The goal is to strategically position the cunning adverts so that it would be physically difficult for you to navigate a given webpage without accidentally clicking on one. Each click is a new penny on the developer’s account, which is possible thanks to the Pay per click scheme, a popular online money-making business model. However, the developers aren’t only interested in mere chance clicks. They want to generally interest you with their many ads, too. And to achieve that their program does a “little” spying on your browsing habits. It records your search queries, history and favorite websites, possibly along with personal data you may have put in on some website. This information is then processed in order to generate new offers and deals that would hopefully attract your attention. And your clicks, of course. You might even have already taken note that some of the advertisements displayed on your screen surprisingly match the things you were researching online the other day.

So what’s wrong with that, you’d say. And indeed it sounds fairly innocent so far, only here comes the plot twist. All that invaluable data gathered about you as an internet user is often sold to 3rd parties, who could be using it for something just as innocent, or they could have the nastiest of intentions in store. Considering the amount of identity theft crimes and instances of data misuse, this innocent endeavor can become very ugly.

What exactly does “virus” do?

A lot of our users like to call “virus”, yet this is not particularly accurate. A browser redirect like is often mistakenly referred to as a virus or a type of malware. We can assure you that this is by far not the case and you could hardly compare to the danger posed by ransomware or Trojan Horse viruses. Nonetheless, there is a slight chance that could expose you to those kinds of threats and this too shouldn’t be taken lightly. Though unlikely, you could end up being redirected to a webpage that has been littered with viruses with the sole purpose of infecting some poorly protected computer and even more poorly educated internet user. For this reason we cannot stress enough how vital it is that you avoid interacting with all the featured ads in your browser. You can simply never know in what dark corner of the worldwide web you might end up. Alternatively, you could simply just be redirected to some harmless page, which has nothing to do with the ad you were interested in.

How to be safe

There are a number of means of distributing programs like browser redirect and sometimes the developers boldly go ahead and promote it as a useful browser extension, designed to enhance your online experience and even boost your browsing speed. If you’re really that fascinated by the marketing industry and simply enjoy seeing multiple colorful ads that were magically made to suit your unique taste, then by all means – the browser redirect will definitely enhance your online experience. It surely won’t make it any faster though, much on the contrary, it is known to even slow computers down and sometimes even crash browsers. If this sounds like something you don’t want happening on your machine, we advise you to stay away from ‘useful tools’ like this one.

There is a more effective and more popular way for developers to spread their software, though. It’s called program bundling and involves the process of packaging (or another unwanted program) together with some other software, which you would normally want to have on your PC. This is typically shareware or freeware and it would most commonly be available on a torrent site, open-source download platform or similar. Once you’ve downloaded the program of your choice, the key to avoiding infection with browser redirect lies within the setup wizard. Always choose the custom or advanced settings, so you will be able to see what additional software has been bundled in. You will then have the option of deciding which of those will get installed and which won’t.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Large amount of intrusive ads in various shapes and sizes, some could match recent search queries.
Distribution Method Program bundles have shown to be the most effective, but direct marketing, as well as spam emails and ads are also known methods.
Detection Tool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.


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 browser redirect/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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