Browser Redirect Pop-up Ad Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and Android.

If you currently have random unpleasant and intrusive ads popping-up inside your browser and if you are frequently getting redirects to pages you didn’t want to visit, then you might have a browser hijacker application inside your system that is causing those disruptions. Aside from the ads generation and the random page redirects, you might have also noticed that the hijacker has put a new search engine tool or maybe a new homepage on your browser. In most cases, this happens without the user’s approval and it might be difficult to revoke the changes if the hijacker is still active on the PC. An example of a browser hijacker that was recently released is the app. It is similar to a browser extension and it can operate as a part of pretty much every browser that you may have on your PC – Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Microsoft Edge and so on and so forth. Most hijackers are versatile like that – after all, their developers would greatly benefit from having their products installed onto as many computers and added to as many browsers as possible. The main reason why hijackers seem to be so widespread nowadays and why so many users seem to experience issues with such apps has to do with the online advertising industry. A typical browser hijacker is a piece of software that is supposed to advertise stuff directly from within the users’ browsers and earn revenue through the displayed ads. Here is how this works: the people who want to have their products advertised need to pay money to the hijackers’ developers. Then, the browser hijacker app would display ads to the users that promote the products of people who have paid to have their stuff advertised. It’s beneficial for everybody. Well, everybody except for the end-user. While sometimes a hijacker might offer some actual useful functionality to the end-users, in most cases, such apps are more or less nothing but an annoyance and maybe even a security hazard at times. For instance, the newly-released is a software piece that many users have complained about. It seems to be way more intrusive than useful and the majority of customers who get it on their computers seek ways to have it eliminated. Instructions on how to remove can be found down below. Pop-up Ad 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

Hopefully, the guide that we’ve posted on this page and the professional removal tool that’s also available in it will help you get rid of the pesky As we said, there’s little to nothing to be gained from such an app. Even if a hijacker does offer some useful feature, in most cases that would still not be enough to compensate from the endless stream of ads, page-redirects, pop-ups and so on.

Another thing to be said here is that, as we already mentioned, aside from being annoying, some hijackers might also be somewhat hazardous (albeit, not directly). Ransomware, Trojan Horses and other similar viruses are certainly types of software that you’d like to avoid as those are highly dangerous and harmful. The good news is that hijackers aren’t like them and would typically not threaten your safety (at least not in a direct way). However, the overly-aggressive generation of ads, some of which might have questionable and even unsafe origins, is bound to increase the chances of you coming across content that might expose your machine to danger. Typically, a hijacker’s ads would not be something dangerous. However, there are still no guarantees that you won’t accidentally click on some obscure link or banner that might land you on a page that might compromise your computer’s safety. After all, you’d certainly not want to get your computer attacked by malware programs like Spyware, Ransomware, Rootkits and Trojans which is why it’s advisable that you do not allow hijackers to remain on your computer for extended periods of time.

Make sure to keep your PC clean

There are very many ways in which a hijacker could get downloaded and installed on your computer. There are the spam e-mails, the sketchy and misleading online offers and requests, the torrent sites, the questionable streaming pages and so on. However, even legitimate software distribution methods such as the file-bundling could also be used to spread hijackers like This is why you must always be careful when you are going through the setup installer of a new program. Look for added content and try to determine that I the bundled components aren’t something you might consider unwanted. If you are about to install a program and you see any optional elements in its setup manager which might seem questionable, remember to uncheck them and only then install the whole thing.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Most hijackers do no try to hide their presence so you should be able to easily notice them as soon as they start to mess with your browser.
Distribution Method Installation bundling, malvertising, torrents, random web offers and ads, low quality downloads and so on.
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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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