Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. has been bothering you? We can help!

If you’re currently dealing with the intrusive program known as, we feel your pain. No one likes having their browser invaded by some unwanted and unpleasant add-on that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. You surely want to get rid of the invasive piece of software as soon as possible so as to restore your browser program to its normal state. We will help you do that. Below this article, you can find a detailed removal guide that will teach you how you can quickly and easily remove the bothersome application from your machine. Yet, keep in mind that programs such as the one on your PC right now are all over the internet and if you are not careful, you can end up landing another one. That is why the rest of this article will be focused on providing you with some crucial information concerning this type of programs and how to prevent them from ever getting on your PC again.

Browser hijackers

You may think that is an actual “Virus”. It is not a virus precisely. First and foremost, let us introduce you to the software type known as browser hijackers – this is exactly what is. Browser hijackers are a sort of programs notorious for their intrusiveness and tendency to heavily obstruct people’s browsing experience by displaying different kinds of online adverts, such a pop-ups, banners, box messages, etc. The main idea behind those adverts is to generate money for the developer of the browser hijacker. This is done via the pay-per-click technique – a method that gains a small amount of money for each click on any of those adverts. This is, in fact, the whole reason why browser hijackers and other similar kinds of software (like adware for instance) even exist. – is it a “Virus”?

No, it is not. As it is with most other browser hijackers out there, is generally considered safe and harmless to your PC. Despite this, when faced with it, many users tend to panic thinking that they’ve landed some sort of a malicious virus like Ransomware or Trojan Horse. One thing’s certain – there is a huge difference between browser hijackers and malicious software such as Trojans or Ransomware. Even though hijackers might be extremely annoying and invasive, they are still not a virus and in most cases there’s no need to worry as long as you remain careful until you get rid of the intrusive program.

An important note that we ought to make here is that despite their relative harmlessness, browser hijackers might still contain certain safety hazards and borderline legal features that you need to be aware of. One such potential security threat comes from the adverts that get displayed onto your screen. Though rarely, there’s still some chance that some of the ads might redirect your browser to illegal and potentially harmful websites. That is why it is crucial that you never click on any of those pop-ups, banners and other obstructive adverts that get generated by Another unpleasant feature of some browser hijackers is that they might attempt to monitor and record your online activities in order to modify the ads they display, so as to make them appear more appealing to the individual based on their personal preferences. This can be seen as an invasion of one’s personal space and for a good reason – no one likes having their privacy invaded in such a manner. Last but not least, a browser hijacker might lead to a considerable slow-down of your machine due to the high CPU and RAM consumption required for the constant generation of those intrusive adverts.

How to make sure that stays away from your PC

The best way to deal with an unwanted program is to simply keep it away from your PC. To do that, one needs to know how the specific type of undesirable software gets distributed throughout the internet. When it comes to browser hijackers, there are several popular methods. Often is sent to users via spam e-mails or downloaded through deceptive links in file-sharing and torrent sites. These methods, however, are not as effective as the file bundling technique. This strategy involves distributing by bundling it with some other third-party program (usually a free one). If the user installs that program using the Quick setup settings, the hijacker gets installed as well. To prevent this, the next time you are about to install some new piece of software, make sure to select the custom installation settings. In there, you could choose which of the added installs stay and which are going to be left out of the installation. After you uncheck any suspicious and potentially unwanted add-ons, you can safely continue with the installation of the main program.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms If your browser has undergone unwanted changes that you did not permit and if you constantly see irritating and bothersome adverts, then it is most like
Distribution Method File bundles, hidden links, spam e-mails, torrent files containing the hijacker, etc.
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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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).


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.


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.



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.

  • 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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