Browser Redirect Removal (Feb. 2018 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

A program called has recently become a source of serious frustration for a number computer users. When this program gets installed on your system, you may notice a stream of intrusive popups, ads, and banners that prompt you to click on them.  Depending on the situation, such ads may appear every time you start your Firefox, Chrome, Opera or any other web browser. may also set a certain domain as the default homepage and search engine and start redirecting you to various sponsored websites without your permission.

If you have recently spotted this program on your machine, you should know that you are definitely dealing with a browser hijacker. This software is not malicious and is commonly used for online advertising purposes. You can find browser hijackers like bundled in torrents, free download links, automatic installation managers and free setup packages of other popular and not so popular programs. To protect your system from unwanted interference with your browsers, however, you need to carefully remove and uninstall its components. This is what we are going to show you in the current article, so stay with us to find out more. is a browser-hijacker that causes browser modifications and unwanted redirects!

Browser-hijackers are programs, designed to make the victim’s web browsers frequently open some sponsored commercials and web pages. Hijacker programs are legitimate pieces of software, which achieve their goal by installing ad-generating components to the browser, which may replace the users’ default search engine or homepage and initiate automatic redirects to the content that needs to be advertised. is a program of this type, which the marketers use as an online tool that can directly promote certain ads, pages, and links on your screen. It looks like a regular search engine but shows sponsored results each time you start looking for information on the web. Any successful redirect to an external web page that collaborates with the creators of this intrusive browser-hijacker may eventually generate pay-per-click revenue. Unfortunately, the only winner of this aggressive online marketing scheme is the creator of the browser-hijacker, who receives money from clicks on the displayed content. The owner of the program may set it to track the users’ searches and insert sponsored links into their search results for the sole purpose of gaining profit. Removal

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).



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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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

But the ads, embedded in these sponsored search results, may contain links to external web pages with questionable Privacy Policies and reliability. Most of these sites may simply want to offer you some products and services. However, some of the web pages you may land on may be extremely dangerous and try to persuade you into installing browser plug-ins, software updates, or other suspicious software (including well-camouflaged Ransomware and Trojans infections). Since you don’t have control over the redirects, it is not excluded that you may land on fraudulent sites, which may ask you to provide your email address so that they can later send you spam messages. For this reason, our “How to remove” team would generally advise you not to keep such software on your PC.

Despite not being a real virus, it is best if you remove and uninstall all of its browser extensions and components before you land on a web location you cannot trust. If you do not want to fight this potentially unwanted program yourself, you can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below or the help of the professional malware removal tool suggested on this page. These methods will accurately help you check the entire system and remove everything related to browser hijackers.

How to prevent installing browser-hijackers?

There is only one way to keep browser-hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs away. You should be careful when using your computer, especially when browsing the Internet. The global network certainly has a lot to offer, but it also can be used to spread dangerous content such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and many more forms of malware.

Be alert when installing programs that you downloaded from the Internet. It is very important that you do not install software using default/quick installation settings because they might be designed to install additional components on your system. In fact, this is often associated with a pay-per-install payment. You can easily deny the installation of these extras through  the Advanced/Custom Setup option.

Suggestions for installing browser-hijackers can also come from email attachments, links for free downloads, spam messages and pop-up ads. If you notice that such pop-ups show too often on your screen, it’s a good idea to check your system for the presence of Adware. This is another member of the group of the ad-generating programs, which could easily be uninstalled with the help of the professional removal tool you can find on our site.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This program may set a certain domain as the default homepage and search engine and start redirecting you to various sponsored websites without your permission.
Distribution Method Torrents, free download links, automatic installation managers and free setup packages of other popular and not so popular programs.
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.

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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