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

Any app that can alter the functionality and appearance of your browser without your permission and spam your browsing screen with annoying advertisements can be regarded as undesirable. There is actually a whole software category where such apps belong and the name of this category is Browser Hijackers. A browser hijacker is any piece of software that can mess with your browser and make modifications to it without having been authorized to do so by the user. Some examples of typical hijacker activities are generation of nagging pop-ups, triggering of redirects to unknown sites and pages, replacement of browsing components such as the toolbar, the starting page, the new-tab page or the search engine tool and so on. All in all, if you happen to have such an application on your computer and inside your IE, Firefox, Chrome or any other browser, then you’d likely feel like your browsing experience is getting constantly obstructed by the unpleasant activities of the undesirable piece of software. After all, there is a reason why browser hijackers are commonly referred to as PUPs/PUAs (potentially unwanted programs/applications). In most of the cases, if you have a hijacker on your computer, there shouldn’t be any direct security threat to your system or data since such software applications are normally not harmful. A hijacker is not a virus – it is not like Ransomware or Trojan Horse threat in the sense that its purpose is not criminal and malicious. However, it could be rather frustrating being constantly subjected to the aggressive advertising campaign of such an app without actually gaining anything from it. Most hijackers have little to no actual use for the end-user which is yet another reason why they are typically regarded as undesirable/unwanted. This is also why most security experts recommend that people make sure to remove any hijackers that they might have from their computers. However, uninstalling such an application is not always all that easy ad if you aren’t a very experienced user, you might face certain difficulties while trying to remove a browser hijacker. Because of that, we have posted below a detailed instructional guide that will give you information on how to remove the recently released hijacker. It is currently one of the most widespread apps of this kind so if you have it, use the guide to remove it.

How to Remove

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).



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

Keep your PC safe!

It is a widely-known fact that many computer viruses get distributed throughout the Internet with the help of online ads and offers. This is why it is advisable that you stay away from any advertising materials in your browser that might seem unreliable and questionable. However, obviously, when you have a hijacker on your computer, it would be rather difficult to avoid the browser ads, banners, pop-ups and box messages as they’d be all over the place. This, in turn, is bound to significantly increase the chances of you running into some unreliable and unsafe advert that might lead you to web locations that might be hazardous and that might expose your machine to different software dangers such as Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware and so on. This is why, even if you don’t feel too irritated by the hijacker’s activities, it is better if you remove the pesky app before it has linked you to some site or page that might threaten your machine’s safety. All of this, of course, is not to say that the purpose of a software piece like is to expose your computer to danger. Nothing like that – and other similar apps are simply created to advertise stuff. However, by doing so, they might (albeit not purposefully) land you on online addresses that might make your machine vulnerable and exposed to danger.

Ways to keep your PC clean off hijackers and other unwanted software

We’ve said it before and we will say it again – you really need to be cautious with everything you do online if you want to keep your system clean and secure. Of you aren’t mindful of your online activities, you can easily land some unpleasant app like or even some insidious malware virus that could cause all kinds of issues. Unwanted and potentially dangerous software could get distributed via spam message attachments, sketchy ads, pirated programs, torrents, illegal video-streaming sites and so on. Some hijackers could even get added to legitimate programs’ installers which is why you must never forget to check the Advanced setup options when about to install something new on your PC in order to see if there aren’t any questionable bundled components that you might need to uncheck before moving on with the installation process.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Most hijackers get noticed after they impose their changes to the browser and start to generate their intrusive ads.
Distribution Method File bundles and malvertising are the two most common methods used for spreading hijacker apps.
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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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