On this page, we are going to discuss the typical behavioral traits of a program named Malware. This program falls into the category of the Browser hijackers and has the ability to apply various unapproved changes in your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer and cause you some really irritating browsing disturbance.

The will display pop up ads and windows

What do we mean? If Malware integrates with your system, it will most probably install a new toolbar, a homepage or a search engine on your default browser and will make it redirect you to different websites, full of nagging ads, pop-ups, and banners. Can such activity be as dangerous as a Ransomware or a Trojan infection and how can you remove it is what we are going to cover up in the next lines, so stay with us until the end where you will find a detailed removal guide on that. Malware – an aggressive tool for online advertising

How can you ensure maximum exposure of your ads and bring more traffic to your website? – This is a question worth a million and all the vendors and online marketers are ready to pay a huge amount of money for a solution that can provide them with these benefits. And here it is – the browser hijacker – a piece of software, which is specially developed to display hundreds of different ads, pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes, new tabs and links directly on the users’ screen. Voila! What is more, this software can also systematically redirect every search query to certain sponsored pages and promotional sites where specifics services and products are advertised. And it can do that absolutely legally, just by integrating a special ad-generating component within the default browser. This is exactly what Malware is doing inside your PC, but how did this browser hijacker got installed in there in the first place?

The installation…

Programs like Malware can be commonly found inside different installers, where the programmers bundle them as an addition to some other attractive software. You may often find them on some torrent sites, free download platforms such as shareware or freeware, automatic installation managers, emails with attachments, free download links or some attractive ads. The browser hijackers are widely distributed on the web and there is a good reason for that – they usually generate income for their creators through sponsored ads positioning or some Pay-Per-Click campaigns. That’s why the owners of programs like Malware are interested in tricking you into installing them and clicking on their displayed ads. But you can easily prevent the browser hijackers from becoming part of your system if you carefully customize every new setup that you install. You only have to select the “Advanced/Custom/Manual” installation option instead of the “Standard/Automatic” one and follow the setup process by disabling the additionally bundled applications. If you skip the customization and follow the automatic/standard steps, however, you will install the whole software bundle as it is and the additional software, packed in it, will start to operate on your computer.

Is Malware dangerous?

Generally, neither Malware nor any other program from the browser hijacking type is considered as a serious threat to the users’ computers. This type of software has no malicious scripts and, apart from the ads disturbance it may cause, is basically harmless. However, we still would advise you to avoid interacting with all the aggressively popping ads, new tabs, and web sites that the browser hijacker may redirect you to.

As we know, the cyber criminals never sleep and they keep using different tricky methods to spread their malware. Infections like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and different viruses are often masked as harmless looking ads, links, attachments or offers and it is not excluded that you may unknowingly be exposed to them thanks to the stream of ads that Malware may randomly generate on your screen. That’s why, it is a good idea to uninstall this software and remove all of its popping boxes, just in case. Also, you may not be happy to know that the owners of the hijacker can use it to secretly collect some information about your interests by tracking down your browsing history, latest web activities, bookmarks, social shares, and likes. This is a bit invasive marketing practice, which is used to optimize the generation of ads according to the users’ interests. However, if you don’t want your web surfing to be tracked down, there is no other way to stop or disable it unless you fully uninstall the browser hijacker from the system. The complete removal, however, may require your full attention, because, at some point, you may need to interact with some vital system files, the deletion of which may cause corruption of the OS. That’s why we suggest you follow the detailed instructions in the guide below or use the help of the special Malware removal tool. 


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may install a new toolbar, a homepage or a search engine on your default browser and will make it redirect you to different websites, full of nagging ads, pop-ups, and banners.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrent sites, free download platforms such as shareware or freeware, automatic installation managers, emails with attachments, free download links or some attractive ads.
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.

Remove Malware

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.

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 Malware 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 Malware from Firefox:

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

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Nexac.comRemove Malware 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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