According to the experts’ classification, is a browser hijacker. Any browser hijacker is capable of substituting your initial homepage with another one that it has been programmed to promote; delivering many pop-ups, banners and other online ads to your monitor while you are trying to surf the web; and redirecting you to unknown web pages. “Virus” Browser Redirect

The following article focuses on the characteristic features and the removal process of Probably you are now reading it because you have found out your PC has been suffering from an infection by it.  Maybe you have read something about this program, maybe not. However, we are still going to thoroughly discuss’s nature and effects so that we can answer your questions regarding this program. Another important part of this article is the removal guide you will find below, because it will give you the opportunity to remove this program in a rather easy and simple way.

Characteristics and effects of

If you wonder who needs so many advertisements, redirections and changes in the settings of your browser, the answer is: the marketing industry. As more and more vendors want to advertise their products and services online, more and more programmers start developing and distributing ad-generating software like Adware and browser hijackers. What’s more important here is that those programmers get paid on the basis of every single displayed ad (pay-per-click method).  For distribution purposes, they form program bundles with their own software, hijackers, sometimes Adware and other programs. These software bundles could be downloaded free of charge and they are the most usual suspects when it comes to spreading this kind of software. The way you install such a program bundle is also of importance. It should be through the Advanced option, if you want to include or exclude some programs from the list of the to-be-installed ones. This measure will certainly save you from and hijackers and Adware in general. The other possibilities like the Default, the Typical or the Automatic option, are not that good and could become the reason of an infection.

We may call the effects of on your PC “an infection” but the program is not a virus, so do not panic! This hijacker is just irritating and possesses some quite shady functions like exploring your recent search requests and matching the ads it shows to them. Nevertheless, it is not even close to malware. Malware products steal private credentials, some of them lock up data and then demand ransom for its recovery; others crash your system or spy on you and copy your keystrokes. What usually does is simply show advertisements and there is nothing illegal about that. Sometimes, it may also reset your browser settings. As a result, you might end up with a different homepage. It is able to affect every type of browser: Opera, Firefox, Explorer and Chrome. Also, some users suspect that the redirection to various pages may actually result in visiting dangerous or infected with even Ransomware websites.

Its Royal Highness Prevention:

If there in fact exists something that can save you from any kind of infection, this is prevention. Prevention does matter and is not difficult. You simply have to follow some rather easy steps and you can be sure about the safety and health of your system. Some of these steps include having the best possible anti-malware tool. Using it for regular scans and updating it on a regular basis are also essential. Another one is performing so-called clever surfing, which basically means carefully choosing the places that you go to online. Many viruses like Trojans and Ransomware might be lurking inside some websites. If something does not appear safe to you, don’t go there. One more prevention step is to have a useful Firewall. Make sure that it is up-to-date and ON, as it can warn you about possible dangers. Last but not least, remember the advice above about the installation process of any program – complete it in the right way and the problems will stay away.


If you are willing to end your system’s relationship with, our removal guide is exactly what you need. It has been assembled very carefully with the sole purpose of getting rid of this program. Learn the instructions, put them into practice and hopefully you will be free from the infection.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in your browser: the homepage, the appearing ads, the possible redirectis.
Distribution Method Most probably within program bundles. Possibly inside torrents or spam emails as well.
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. “Virus” 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 “Virus”

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). “Virus”


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. “Virus”

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: “Virus”
Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at:

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result “Virus”ClamAV “Virus”AVG AV “Virus”Maldet

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. “Virus”

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. “Virus”

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: “Virus”

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. “Virus”

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: “Virus”

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. “Virus” “Virus”

  • 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). “Virus”

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. “Virus” “Virus”  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click “Virus” —–> Manage Add-ons. “Virus”

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

Open Firefoxclick “Virus”  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. “Virus”

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. “Virus”Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. “Virus”

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!


About the author


Maria K.

Leave a Comment