Browser Redirect Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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If you are reading this, then you probably already know just how irritating and annoying a Browser Hijacker program can be once it gets installed onto your PC. Today, we will be talking about one such software application that belongs to the Hijacker family and its name is More than likely, a lot of you have actually come to this page because the unwanted program we are talking about has gotten inside your PC and is currently messing with you browser, not allowing you to have an undisturbed online experience. The usual complaints about programs like is that they tend to install additional toolbars to the user’s Chrome or Firefox browser or change the default homepage and search engine without even asking for permission from the computer’s Administrator. Also, there’s the possibility of sudden page redirects to various websites, some of which might be less than reliable and safe. In addition, some Hijackers might go as far as to display unpleasant and intrusive banners and web-ads inside the user’s browser, which won’t stop showing up unless the software responsible for them gets uninstalled. Here, we can offer you a easy-to-follow guide to help you remove the obstructive Browser Hijacker from your computer so that it doesn’t bother you any more. However, it is essential that you first read what else this current article has to offer since the more you know about this type of potentially unwanted software programs, the higher your chances of keeping them away from your computer in the future.

What is the purpose of Browser Hijackers?

Some of you might have the wrong idea that Hijacker programs, similarly to actual PC viruses like Trojans and Ransomware, are normally designed to damage and mess with your PC and your personal data. In fact, this is normally untrue. A typical Hijacker’s primary purpose is to generate money for its creator through internet marketing and advertising (hence all the intrusive changes to the browser). On its own, this isn’t harmful to your computer or your personal files. Sure, it might be extremely frustrating to have all those modifications to your browser in addition to the page redirects and the potential for irritating ad pop-ups every now and then, yet, this isn’t really as harmful as many people tend to think it is. In reality, a lot of Hijackers are promoted and distributed as useful programs that are said to improve certain aspects of the user’s system such as performance, online security or simply a more pleasant browsing experience. Of course, more often than not this is simply an advertising technique used to get more people to install the Hijacker onto their PC’s thus effectively increasing the overall profit from the unwanted program. Still, though, if has somehow made its way into your computer, you shouldn’t panic or get overly worried. As long as you stay careful and vigilant and make sure to get rid of the pesky software as soon as possible, no harm should come to your system or data. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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.

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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

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!

Potential threats

A Hijacker program on its own might not be as dangerous as a Trojan horse or as Ransomware virus but it is still crucial that users remain alert when they have an application such as inside their system. It is highly advisable to stay away from anything generated by the unwanted program. This includes the potential page redirects and pop-up banners as well as the new toolbars, search engines and the changed homepage. Oftentimes, those might be unsafe and might land you on some shady and suspicious website that could contain potential security risks. That way, if you aren’t being careful, you might indeed get your computer infected by some actual piece of malware virus. As we already mentioned, the best course of action if you have a Hijacker on your computer is to see to its removal – our guide down below is the perfect tool to help you do this.

How to stay away from Browser Hijackers in the future

Most people who have had a program like installed onto their PC’s have probably been rather careless with their online activities. The most common ways through which one can land a Hijacker are the obscure and unreliable websites with sketchy contents, misleading and deceitful browser offers and adverts and also, spam e-mails and spam social network messages. In order to avoid those, one needs to constantly be on their guard while browsing the net. Antoher popular method is file-bundling where the irritating program is added as an optional install to some other piece of software. If you ever see any suspicious-looking optional installs inside the setup wizards of programs that you want to install, be sure to uncheck them before proceeding. Bear in mind that sometimes you might have to access the Advanced/Custom options menu in order to see if there’s anything added to the main program.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser has been modified without your permission, then you are most likely dealing with a program of the Browser Hijacker category.
Distribution Method The most common methods are misleading online ads and offers, spam messages and software bundling.
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