Browser Redirect “Virus”/”Malware” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove the “Virus”. These “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Dear reader,

in case you are interested in the following information, you have probably been dealing with the “Virus” . Let me guess – you have been annoyed by  a constant flow of rather intrusive and possibly hard-to-be-closed ads in diverse forms, which has been ruining your surfing experience. The following text may be useful to you when it comes to the removal of the “Virus” and the future prevention against threats similar to it.

General overview of and browser hijackers as a whole

First of all, I will start with a short description of what a browser hijacker stands for. You have probably already heard of the term browser hijacker. This name is coined for the ad-generating software that may be programmed to show ads in various forms on your computer screen. There is also the possibility that some browser hijacker-like programs may redirect your search requests to advertising websites or other webpages, which may probably be infected with actual malware (or worse – Ransomware). Their purpose is to try to guess what ads you will be interested in and to generate them on your system. One of the possible reasons why these programs could often be considered shady, is that they may sometimes gather data about your surfing preferences without your approval. The browser hijacker that collects data without your permission should not be confused with malware or a virus that collects personal or private information. These two threats are in entirely different leagues, so to speak.

Many consider a typical browser hijacker program, as it’s behavior is very characteristic. Immediately after it has infiltrated your system, will likely begin displaying various types of ads. What’s even more irritating – this will probably happen every single time you open a new browser tab or try to load website. The aforementioned advertisements could have different forms – from a banner to a pop-up, but they will be there.

Please, note that ISN’T malicious. In fact, it may often be mistaken for a computer virus because of its annoying nature. usually displays a lot of ads at the same time and you have no idea what to do with them. There is absolutely no point in paying attention to them – otherwise you run the risk of maybe exposing your machine to further threats. What we can advise you is to always click on the “X” of the ad, no matter whether it is a banner, a pop-up, a pop-under or a whole new browser tab. Don’t click on any close button, reject button or the like – only on the X that closes the window. All other options will likely open new Ads of their own.

Below we have prepared a removal guide and some prevention tips to help you avoid it and get rid of it.

How exactly have you caught What should you do next?

You might have been infected with while you have been browsing the Internet – possibly by visiting a contagious website. Another possibility is that you could have downloaded and installed a software bundle. However, the distribution methods may be very diverse- may have come from a torrent and a shareware software as well. In the most common case, the cause of the browser hijacker infection is the aforementioned software bundle. could have been lurking somewhere inside it together with the particular desired program. Here comes some basic advice you should try to follow in order to avoid and other browser hijacker products:

  • First of all, make sure that you download software only from trusted websites.;
  • If you have downloaded a program and you want to install it, remember to always use the “Customized/Manual” option of the program installer. In this way you will get a better idea of what exactly you are agreeing to be integrated into your PC.;
  • Another essential piece of advice is to always read the End-User Agreement as there you can find all the details of the software you are installing.;
  • Install an anti-malware tool with a good reputation.;
  • Keep your firewalls functional and updated.;
  • Enable a reliable pop-up blocker and it will spare you many unpleasant pop-ups and will ensure your browsing experience goes well.;

Down there you will find some removal tips on how to get rid of forever. We hope that they will be useful to you and will solve your problem with this browser hijacker in a simple and fast way.


Type browser hijacker/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level  Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A constant stream of irritating ads in numerous forms.
Distribution Method May vary- from a torrent website to a software bundle downloaded from the web.
Detection Tool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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. Removal

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.

  • Remember this step – you can always use it in the future for finding annoying and possibly even dangerous programs like ransomware.


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.


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 browser hijacker/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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

  • This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Trojan Horses) while looking for the browser hijacker process.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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