Browser Redirect Removal (June 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.

Intrusive and irritating software applications are everywhere and it is really easy to get tricked into installing one such application on your computer without even realizing it until you start experiencing first hand the unpleasant effects that such software could have on your computer. In today’s article, we will focus our attention on – a software product capable of causing webpage redirects that many users have reported as undesirable and irritating due to its ability to get automatically integrated within the user’s browser upon installation so that it could then make unwanted alterations to the browser program without being given a permission from the user. The changes could occur to any browser that you might have – Internet Explorer, Chrome, IE, Opera, etc. Normally, might try to replace your previous homepage and new-tab page or impose a new search engine (typically some unknown and less useful one compared to the search engine that preceded it). Aside from the potential for unwanted redirects to random online locations and the possible changes to your browser, this piece of software might also flood your screen with nagging advertising materials like flashy banners, pop-up notifications, different web requests and suggested software downloads. All of the aforementioned symptoms and unpleasant effects that such a piece of software could have on your machine are typical for a type of applications/software tools known as browser hijackers (also known as browser/page-redirects). Therefore, we, similarly to many cyber-security experts out there, consider to be one such hijacker. Since such applications are usually deemed unwanted due to their rather aggressive advertising techniques, down below, we will provide you with a specialized removal guide that contains instructions on how to uninstall and manually remove from your computer as well as how to restore your browsing programs back to the way they were prior to the installation of the hijacker. In addition, on this page, you can find a recommended anti-malware tool which could facilitate the removal process of the browser hijacker so if you feel like you might need additional assistance, we encourage you to give it a try. Last but not least with regards to the removal, if you run into any problems while trying to eliminate the hijacker, know that you can always request our aid by hitting us up within the comments section – we will make sure to reply to your request as soon a we see it. 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
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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!

Is there any reason to be worried if has gotten installed on your computer?

While hijacker software could certainly be highly intrusive and irritating, it’s important to remember that such applications are actually relatively “safe” when it comes to any potential hazardous abilities that they might have. Most of the time, the sole purpose of any such software would be to promote something and thus earn money for its creator. All the changes that are typically made to the user’s browser by hijackers are imposed to facilitate the advertising process, making it more effective. However, if a hijacker has managed to get inside your machine, the computer wouldn’t be under any immediate threat. is no virus and its purpose and its way of functioning are different than those of most typical malware threats that you can encounter (Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, etc.).

Nevertheless, a good piece of advice if you have a hijacker on your machine would be to make sure to get rid of the pesky software. Firstly, there’s pretty much nothing beneficial that you could possibly gain from the presence of such an application on your PC and secondly, aside from it being really irritating, it might also potentially make your system more susceptible to real threats like the ones listed above. Therefore, during the time the browser hijacker is on your machine, it is advisable that you keep away from the ads that it displays as well as avoid using the imposed homepage, new-tab page and search engine. Otherwise, you might get redirected to potentially unreliable and maybe even illegal web locations that might contain dangerous viruses – Ransomware, Trojan malware and or any other kind of malicious programs.

How can you get a hijacker installed on your computer?

Adding such hijacker applications to the installer files of other programs (typically freeware ones) is a very common method of spreading such unwanted software called file-bundling. In such a case, if you go for the Quick/Default install, it is very likely that you’d also get the bundled hijacker as it would typically be opted-in by default. In order to prevent this from happening, you’d first need to access the expanded setup settings prior to launching the installation and, from there, opt-out of the installation of the bundled software that you deem unwanted. Make sure to remember to do that every time you are about to install anything new on your PC as this distribution method is among the most successful ones when it comes to spreading hijacker applications. Other possible methods are the use of spam letters and the use of misleading browser requests from different sites so make sure that you are careful while browsing and that you do not click on anything that doesn’t look like it can be trusted.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Irritating and unpleasant changes to your browser programs that have been imposed without your permission is the most likely symptom.
Distribution Method Mostly through file bundles, spam messages and misleading online requests and ads.
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