Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (May 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 or also called browser/page-redirects are a kind of software applications that are know for affecting the user’s main browsing programs in some rather undesirable ways. Everybody likes to have a quick and well-optimized browser and for the most part people who know how to take care of their browsing program have that. However, if a hijacker gets installed on your computer, there’s high chance that it would impose certain changes to your Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or Firefox browser (or any other that you might use) which changes are likely going to feel unpleasant, obstructive and even frustrating to most customers. One example of a hijacker application is the so-called – it is a recently released application that has the potential to alter the browser’s homepage, to cause redirects to various sites and also to change the search engine. It’s also within the realm of possibility that could also attempt to fill yours screen with ads such as banners, pop-ups and box messages each time you attempt to use your browser – one other particularly irritating trait of most hijacker applications. Due to their rather intrusive nature, most browser hijackers are regarded as unwanted and security experts advise user to uninstall any such software from their computers as well as remove any components that the hijacker might have left behind. The thing is, though, that the removal process might not always be that easy. While removing a hijacker is typically nowhere near as tricky as removing, say, an actual virus program like a Trojan or Ransomware, one still needs to have a general idea about the different steps and operations that need to be carried out in order for the hijacker to get eliminated. We can help you do that – a guide has been prepared for all our readers who need help with the removal of You can find the guide down below and we advise you to closely follow its instructions so as to make sure that nothing of the hijacker is left inside your system. Also, if you don’t feel confident enough in your computing skills or if you think that you might need additional assistance, on this page, you can find a suggested software tool that is specialized in eliminating unwanted and potentially harmful software. “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


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

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!

Advertising through your browser

If we were to describe a hijackers in one sentence, those are software applications that are capable of turning the user’s browser into an advertising tool as this is precisely what happens in most cases where a browser hijacker gets installed onto somebody’s PC. Sure, in some rare cases such potentially unwanted applications might still offer some potentially useful feature but for the most part, hijackers are simply used for the purpose of accumulating revenue through ads generation. The changed browser homepage and search engine get imposed for this same reason – to promote or to facilitate the promoting of certain products – sites, software, online shops, Internet services, etc. Obviously, if you are a regular user, you would probably not benefit much from such activity. Of course, some of the offers you get displayed might seem like fair deals and in some cases you might indeed find something that might interest you but you must also keep in mind that a lot of the displayed ads could be fake or misleading. In some extreme instances, it’s even possible that if you click on the wrong link or on the wrong banner, you might get send to some hazardous and unreliable site and your machine might get exposed to various online threats such as virus infections form Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms and so on. Therefore, for the sake of your computer’s safety, we advise you to stay away from any content that you think is coming from the hijacker.

Bundling and other potential methods of distribution

Although a lot of hijackers have official sites where users might download them, since most of the time no one would go out of their way to willingly (and knowingly) install such an application on their computer, in many cases the developers of such undesirable software resort to other distribution methods the most common of which is the file-bundling. They add the hijacker to the installer of another, less-undesirable program that users are more likely to install and once somebody downloads that other program and installs it on their machine using the default setup configuration, the hijacker enters the PC as well. To prevent this from happening to you, always make sure to use the advanced setup options where you are granted access to settings that allow you to leave out any optional software installs in case you decide that they are unwanted or unneeded. If while using this setup option you see some suspicious bundled application, be sure to leave it out by opting-out of its installation.

Other popular methods for spreading hijackers are misleading suggested software requests and spam-email attachments so be careful with those and try to avoid them at all times.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Typical symptoms include frequent generation of online ads, sudden redirects to promoted pages and unwanted changes to the browser.
Distribution Method Usually, file bundles and spam e-mails are used to spread hijackers.
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