Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove the “Malware” for free.  Our instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

There is certain software on the web, which may not really provide much functionality to the users, but may cause some significant disturbance and irritation instead. Such software is mostly referred to as potentially unwanted and this time, we are going to speak about one such piece. is a browser hijacker – software created to hijack the user’s browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc) and flood it with intrusive advertisements or new search engine components and cause sudden homepage and search redirects. This program may quickly turn into a problematic one, especially if it interferes with the normal browsing activity and prevents users from accessing the desired web pages. That’s why it is not surprising why so many affected users seek for ways to effectively remove it from their system. If you are one of them, here is a solution for you. Below this article you are going to find a removal guide, which will help you detect and manually uninstall and all of its traces. Before you scroll down, however, let us give you a brief explanation about this program and its capabilities.

What is a browser hijacker?

Browser hijackers are a special software category, which unifies programs with similar capabilities, aiming to produce and display different types of online advertisements directly on the user’s screen. is a typical representative, which pretty much functions as a browser hijacker. Apart from the annoying changes it may impose, this software is mostly used to provide income for its developers through an aggressive online advertising method called Pay-Per-Click. And although according to the law this method is perfectly legal, this doesn’t make it any less annoying for the users who are facing the need to deal with suddenly popping web pages, ads, banners, and commercial content all over their screen.

Could be considered a “Virus”?

It is not uncommon that you may hear some users call browser hijackers like viruses. Luckily, this is not the case. These programs are not malicious, nor have they been created with such a purpose. It is mostly their rather aggressive behavior that has gained them the fame of “viruses”, whereas it would actually be more accurate to call them simply potentially unwanted software. Yes, it is true that these programs may perform some irritating and unwanted activities, but they are definitely not able to corrupt the affected computer, encrypt its files or infect other machines like some real malware threats like Trojans, or crypto viruses from the Ransomware family can do. Fortunately, the program you are facing is not recognized as malicious according to security experts and it does not represent a security risk to your system. That’s why even if it causes some browsing-related irritation, there is no need to get panicked – unlike Ransomware and Trojans, could easily be removed without any irreversible side effects for your system. Just follow the instructions that will help you get rid of it and in just a few clicks you will be hijacker-free.

How to keep such programs away in the future?

Browser hijackers are widely distributed across the internet. You can find them on many file sharing platforms, software and games installers and free software bundles. Sometimes you may even download them directly from the web along with some interesting program that promises you free functionality. What usually happens is that you may not notice they are included in the setup until they are already installed and start to operate. The reason is that they are often hidden in an additional menu called ”Advanced” or “Custom” and you can disable them from getting installed only if you click that menu. If you proceed with the standard setup, which is what most people do, you will have them set all together with the program you intended to install. Uninstalling them then may require some specific instructions because these programs usually integrate their ad-generating components deep inside the user’s system. In this case, to successfully remove them you will need to detect the right files and delete them. This is exactly what we are going to show you in the removal guide below. Just make sure you follow the steps closely and select the correct files to delete, because removing a system file will really damage your operating system. To avoid that risk, and especially if you are not sure what you really need to delete, we have included the professional removal tool that will help you find the right browser hijacker files. So, do not hesitate to make use of it if you need to.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacked browser may flood your with intrusive ads, banners and pop-ups every time you open it.
Distribution Method You can find this program in many file sharing platforms, software and games installers, free software bundles, torrent sites or even spam emails.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. “Malware” Removal



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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