This page aims to help you remove the Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is malware that hijacks the settings of popular browsing apps like Firefox and Chrome and optimizes them for online advertising. is known for redirecting to users to questionable sites and for replacing the new-tab and the homepage addresses. Virus

The Virus will display pop up ads and messages

There are all sorts of extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that you can add to your browser if you want to enhance your web browsing experience. Most of them, typically integrate with all popular browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc., and claim to make one’s browsing better and faster, or make the browser safer and more reliable. There is also a kind of software known as Browser Hijackers, which are applications that mostly resemble the regular browser extensions. These applications, however, operate differently than a normal browser add-on, and may become a source of some rather unwanted browsing disturbances. One thing the Browser Hijackers do is, they typically enforce changes in the browser’s homepage, and in the search engine, or they install some additional toolbars, and page-redirect buttons, which cannot be easily removed. These programs may also fill the screen with various ads, pop-ups, banners and promotional messages that are usually aimed at promoting specific sites.

Such unwelcome ad generation, despite not being as serious as, say a Ransomware file encryption, could, be quite irritating. In many cases, the ads would cover the exact part of the page you are interested in, and you would need to anyways click on the ad in order to remove it. However, clicking on the ad may redirect you to some other website or a page, filled with more advertisements, pop-ups, banners and whatnot. There is no need to go into any more detail about how irritating all this activity might be, especially in the long run.  Besides, these ads, redirects, and changes to the browser’s homepage or search engine settings may create an even bigger problem. Because the hijacker’s uncontrolled activity, you may accidentally get redirected to some shady and unsafe internet address.

This, in turn, could significantly increase the likelihood of getting your system with infected viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, or some other pieces of malware, which will do no good to your machine. So, if you are on this page because you’ve started getting advertisements from all over your screen, or because has suddenly replaced the default homepage or the search engine of your browser, and you are unable to uninstall it or permanently remove the advertisements, and the page redirects, then we suggest you scroll down to the removal guide section of this article.

How to effectively deal with

The best way to get rid of the Browser Hijacker responsible for promoting various third-party ads, pop-ups, sponsored links and websites through your browser, is to carefully locate it with the help of the instructions below, and uninstall all the related files, and browser components that might have been imposed by it. Another quick and risk-free way to get rid of, and its annoyance is to use a reliable removal tool. Such software is specialized in eliminating potentially unwanted applications of this kind without any risk of system corruption, or accidental deletion of something important. If you don’t have such a tool, you can take a look at the professional removal tool that we recommend. It is linked in the guide, so in case the manual removal steps are too complicated for you, or you simply don’t have the time to carefully go through the manual removal process, know that this removal tool can also be used as an alternative way to deal with the Browser Hijacker.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A change in the Browser’s homepage or the main search engine, a flow of unstoppable ads.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free download managers, torrents, ads, spam, shareware sites, freeware platforms.
Detection Tool

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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
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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. 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. VirusRemove 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!


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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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