is a form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings without a user’s permission. Typically, replaces the default search engine or the homepage and injects unwanted advertisements into every web page the user visits. will try to trick you into subscribing to its notifications

The reason you reached this website is most probably the huge amount of pop-up ads, box messages, banners, and redirect links that have started to appear in your web browser lately. You may also have had your browser’s homepage or search engine changed, regardless of which browser you are using – Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari or another popular browsing app. You may have started to experience automatic redirects to different web pages full of sponsored content in addition to the other issues. These are all sure signs that you have been infected with a Browser Hijacker and, more precisely, one of the latest representatives of this software group, an app called The intrusiveness of this application and the aggressive nature of the ads that it displays typically raise a lot of questions and are the likely reason you are seeking a way to remove it. Yet, before you scroll down to the removal guide that follows and learn how to uninstall, we suggest you read the information in the next lines and learn what’s under the iceberg’s tip and why you should be careful with this app.

Like any program that falls in the Browser Hijacker category, has been designed to distribute and strategically display hundreds of pay-per-click ads on your monitor. It typically does that in such a way that the ads are really hard to navigate past. The ultimate agenda is to collect as many clicks as possible on the displayed ads, because this is how the Browser Hijacker’s developers profit, thanks to a popular business strategy called pay-per-click.

Here, we would like to stress the fact that programs like are not the same as viruses and malware. Their presence on your machine and their ad-generating and page-redirecting activities may create browsing disturbance, but they are not intended to damage your computer. A real virus, on the other hand, has the ability to self-replicate, steal valuable information, spy on you, and extort money from you. A Ransomware, for instance, can encrypt your files, while a Trojan Horse can steal your passwords (among other things). A Browser Hijacker cannot perform any of these criminal actions.

However, we cannot ignore the fact that, in rare cases, programs such as may lead you straight to Ransomware, Trojans, and similar kinds of security hazards. They don’t do it deliberately but sometimes the pop-ups and the box messages they randomly display on your screen may not be what they seem. And if you click on them, they may redirect you to websites that are malicious. This is the main reason why our “How to remove” team advises the web users to avoid interaction with the hijacker’s ads, and why uninstalling this unwanted software as soon as possible is the best course of action.

Another thing related to the hijackers that is less dangerous in nature, but still disturbing is how the Browser Hijacker may affect the performance of your computer. Often the developers of such software will claim that if you install a program like, it will boost your browsing experience, or improve the safety of your OS. However, it may do the exact opposite, and ruin your browsing activities, not to mention how much system resources the hijacker may use to display so many ads, and how this activity may slow down your entire device, leading to issues like screen freezing and crashing of your browser. All of the above is precisely why we suggest you use the guide below and remove all of these problems by simply uninstalling from your machine.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may notice a change in the browser’s search engine or the default homepage followed by an unstoppable stream of ads.
Distribution Method You may install a Browser Hijacker via software bundles, torrents, or when running an automatic installer without paying close attention to the setup settings.
Detection Tool


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).


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:

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.  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Newsbreak.comRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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!


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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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