Virus Removal Guides Virus is a browser hijacker that can alter the settings of popular browsing apps without a user’s approval. Typically, reroutes the user’s searches to sponsored URLs that contains pay-per-click ads.

The virus

If a browser hijacker named has invaded your Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser, we’re going to help you fix this issue in no time. Our article discusses the impact of such software on your system, as well as the methods you can use to safely remove it. So, if you’ve landed without wanting it and have just found that the program has installed a new homepage or has replaced the default search engine with another one that is now redirecting you to various unwanted sites, stay with us. Below, we have prepared a comprehensive removal guide to help you locate and uninstall the browser hijacker safely and effectively. What is more, if you follow the instructions, all the changes that have been imposed on your browser without your approval will also get removed and you will be able to reset your previous settings. 

The Virus

To most users, the presence of the virus in their system usually comes as a total surprise. Most of the time, they’re not even sure what the virus is and typically assume that they are faced with a virus.

Fortunately, this is not the case because the browser hijackers are essentially legitimate programs that function as online advertising tools. They are used to promote different products, services, and websites by displaying related ads, banners, pop-ups, and redirect links that lead to the promoted pages. Programs like and are very lucrative advertising tools as they are able to make money based on the number of clicks the generated ads get. This simple fact should explain the intrusiveness of the pop-ups, banners, box messages, pop-under, and redirect links you are constantly getting bombarded with – all of them are part of the remuneration scheme which is known under the name of Pay-Per-Click. In addition to their big numbers, the sponsored ads are typically deliberately placed all over the screen and especially on top of the navigation buttons so that they cannot be avoided or ignored by the users. Of course, this is in the best interest of the hijackers’ developers who hope to land more clicks.

Clicking on all sorts of web ads that randomly get displayed on your web browser, however, may hide some security risks. Criminals may sometimes infect such random ads with real viruses, including Ransomware and Trojans, and may distribute them along with the regular ads that every browser hijacker may display. This is known as malvertising and is an increasingly popular method of distribution for all sorts of computer threats. If you click on one of these malvertisements by mistake, you may either get redirected to an infected website, or you may end up directly downloading the malware. And the chances are you may not even know it until any major damage is done to your system. That’s why we must highlight the importance of avoiding any close interaction with all types of advertisements you see online while you still have the hijacker since the safety of your computer is not worth risking. Besides, uninstalling malware from the ranks of Ransomware or Trojans is far more complex than staying away from the ads and their source. Removing a hijacker, on the other hand, isn’t that difficult, especially if you use our removal instructions present below.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Typically, the symptoms include a change in the browser’s search engine or homepage URL and an aggressive stream of ads during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method for distribution of this software along with torrents, free download links from the web, spam messages and ads.
Detection Tool

Remove Virus

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

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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:

    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.

      Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

     Remove from Firefox:

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

    Remove from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

    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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