Malware is an application for Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other Windows browsers that can annoy you with hundreds of pop-up ads, banners and promotional messages. In addition to that,  may automatically redirect your web searches to pre-defined web pages that generate pay-per-click revenue for its developers. .bidr .io

In general, apps like, and Paper Extension are not malicious and very much look like regular browser add-ons and extensions. However, the key distinction between them and the real browser extensions is that programs like are commonly deemed unwelcome because of the undesirable ads it can display and the unwelcome impact they may have on the computer and the default web browser.

Apart from the flimsy adverts and the redirects to obscure web sites and sponsored pages, this invasive software could theoretically even substitute the browser’s search engine, the favorite homepage, the new tab page and some other elements such as toolbars and buttons, homepage with some new elements that have not been approved by the user. Such modifications usually happen without the user’s prior consent and appear to support aggressive promotional strategies rather than enhancing the web surfing experience and the functionality of the hijacked browser.

The Malware

People who have the malware inside their browsers commonly complain that the new search engine would typically display some sponsored domains in the search results instead of displaying the actual search results. In addition to the newly set home page and the attached toolbars, will automatically redirect the users to websites promoted by the hijacker.

The most irritating thing of all is that there is usually no way to have control of the web surfing sessions. The attempts to uninstall or remove the unwanted changes and ads are typically ineffective since the browser hijacking app has no options that allow for that. This is why a lot of web users need professional assistance in order to get rid of programs like

Fortunately, on this page, there is a free removal guide and a specialized removal tool which can save you tons of time and nerves and can help you get rid of the unwanted app quickly and effectively.

He guide will navigate you through a set of steps that will help you to manually locate the hijacker on your machine and remove it entirely from your device along with all of its search engine changes, homepage modifications, toolbars and all. If the manual removal process is too time-consuming and complicated for you, however, the suggested removal tool can automatically handle the entire uninstallation process of the browser hijacker for you.

A browser hijacker such as may be a rather annoying piece of software and may have a very unpleasant effect on your online experience. This is not the only explanation that security professionals give in favor of eliminating, though.  

Software components like could sometimes expose your computer to potential security hazards such as viruses, ransomware, Trojans and other malware. This is because the majority of hijacker apps generate random pop-up ads, banners and sponsored notifications, many of which have dubious and obscure origins. That’s why you can never rest assured that the advertising material, displayed by or any other similar app, on your screen is completely safe. Malvertising in which hazardous web advertisements are used to inadvertently install dangerous viruses like spyware, Trojans and ransomware on your machines is one of the most common methods of malware delivery used by hackers. That is why, to keep your PC safe from any shady and unreliable online advertising, it is advisable to uninstall the browser hijacker from your system.

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Remove Malware

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 Trash 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


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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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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    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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