Browser Redirect Ads “Virus” Removal

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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Have you found this page because you’ve recently noticed some bothersome things happening to your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other favorite browser? You opened it one day to be surprised by a new homepage and further more a new default search engine that just keeps redirecting your searches various sponsored pages? And to make matters even weirder and more annoying, all of this is accompanied by hoards of online ads parading across your screen: popups, banners, box messages, in-text link, new tabs, etc. And you’ve come to figure out that all of this is being caused by some entity titled Well, you’re in luck, because you’ve come to the right place. You have been infected by a browser hijacker and on this page we will tell you everything you need to know about this program. And more importantly – we will provide you with a removal guide that will show you the exact step you need to make in order to fully remove the nuisance. Ads Ads “Virus” Removal

What browser hijackers and are

These are programs designed to infiltrate people’s browsers, integrating with them, and enforcing their own settings. All of this is done with the goal of promoting certain websites, products and services. Simply put, browser hijackers are merely advertising tools that serve the online marketing industry. They are essentially money-making programs that benefit a whole number of service providers and goods producers. But they also benefit their developers and that is what determines the exact way, in which they operate. The developers are paid for the ads that and other such software displays, but not in the way you might think. They are paid in accordance with a remuneration system known as Pay-Per-Click or the PPC scheme. It allows the service/product provider to have their products promoted and pay only for the ads that are actually seen. Thus, the developers are after your clicks and will stop at nothing to ensure that they can squeeze as many out of you as possible.

You’ve already come to notice how invasive the ads are. They’re everywhere and there’s so many of them, they become difficult to dodge. How many times have you already managed to open one by mistake? But that’s not the only tactic they count on. Chance clicks are good, but not good enough. They also want to genuinely spark your interest. And for that purpose they’ve devices a rather controversial plan that most experts and users alike would usually frown upon. Browser hijackers like are often programmed to have access to your browser history. After all, they do integrate with it. So, they will particularly be on the lookout for the websites you visit, the kind of content you demonstrate interest in, by researching it, posting, sharing or liking it on social media and things of the sort. In this way they kind of create an ‘interest profile’ of you. After this, the invasive ad-generating program starts filtering out the ads so it can fill your screen ads that answer to your ‘profile’, as opposed to just random content. These ads are obviously more likely to attract your click. And this is also another way to spot an infection. If you notice that the ads you’re seeing while browsing the web oddly mathc your recent search requests – this might be reason to suspect you have contracted a hijacker.

The above often makes people panic and leads them to the idea that they’re been infected with a virus. So, is a “virus”? No. Let’s get this out of the way once and for all, browser hijackers are not malicious; they cannot self-install on your machine and damage you or it in any way, like real viruses such as Trojans and ransomware can. So how did you land the hijacker if it didn’t self-install? Well, there are several possibilities, the most likely of which are spam emails or some other program you downloaded from the web, which was bundled with This could have easily been prevented if you would simply install any new program in a safe manner. That means opting for the custom or advanced installation option in the setup wizard. This will tell you about any added content and will allow you to leave out any and all of it.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A changed homepage and default search engine, as well a large numbers of online ads in browser
Distribution Method Program bundles downloaded from various file+sharing and similar platforms.
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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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