How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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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.

Browser hijackers have been annoying users worldwide almost for as long as the internet has been around and not much has changed about them over the years. They still integrate with the Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other popular browser, and change certain aspects of its settings. Most commonly these include setting a new browser homepage or changing the default search engine to a sponsored one, in addition to also adding a new toolbar. Furthermore, users often report that the new search engine redirects their searches to different unfamiliar pages they never intended to visit in the first place. Thus, even the newest browser hijackers like still exhibit these very same qualities, as well as a number of others that we will describe in this article. What’s more, since many users have concerns that may be a virus, we will address those as well and shed a little light on what software of this type is really all about. And last but by no means least, we will provide users with a set of useful instructions on how to remove this browser hijacker permanently, along with all its irritating symptoms.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

How to Remove

Browser hijackers – how dangerous are they really?

Let’s start with the most pressing issue and that is whether or not you have something to fear from The good news is that this is not a virus or harmful program of any type. Browser hijackers in general are considered to be potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), but that’s still pretty far from malware. However, they’re also not really in the same category as your average useful programs, such as the browsers you use, the games you play or the messaging programs you may use for communication. These are a type of programs that serve third parties and may have potentially negative effects on your system, especially over long periods of time.

How to Remove

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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).

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update


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. 

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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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How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 UpdateMaldet

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. 

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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:

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

  • 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).

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update —–> Manage Add-ons.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 UpdateRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

How to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Feb. 2018 Update

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

Such are, for example, a noticeable slowdown of your computer. This is caused by the background processes that programs like run constantly, such as traffic data collection and the generation of all the endless popups, banners, box messages and other online ads on your screen. These activities consume valuable system resources such as RAM and CPU time, in addition to free disk space. So your system ends up overloaded with various unnecessary processes that certainly don’t benefit you in any way. Speaking of traffic data, you may or may not know that software like actually monitors your browsing patterns in order to extract certain important information for itself. This includes the sites your visit, the things you search for using the sponsored search engine, etc. And with the help of all this data, the hijacker can determine which of its ads will be more appealing to you, so it can then re-position them accordingly.

And the reason why these ads are so important to the developers of programs like this is because that it essentially their way of earning revenue. The majority of these popups and banners on your screen are all paid and the developers benefit from them as per Pay Per Click or Pay Per View remuneration schemes. Another important subject we should certainly touch on is the fact that could possibly also result in more serious consequences than a mere system slowdown. Due to the unwanted changes it can administer to your system registry in combination with the constant page redirects, you could face the risk of running into actual viruses like Trojans and ransomware. So from that perspective you can certainly consider to be a safety hazard.  

For this reason, we think removing similar software the optimal course of action. And once you have done that you can also make sure that you don’t get infected again. The most common source of browser hijackers and similar advertising software is program bundles. These are seemingly regular programs that are typically distributed on various file-sharing sites for free. However, the developers include other programs in their installers, so that an inexperienced user will install them all without even realizing it. It’s likely you ended up with this very same way. And the trick is to simply customize the setup yourself by utilizing the Custom or Advanced option. It will give you more freedom to determine what goes in your system and what will be excluded.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk).
Symptoms The first symptoms you will notice are a new toolbar, new browser homepage and/or search engine.
Distribution Method Program bundles available for free download on different open source download platforms, etc.
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!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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