Browser Redirect Removal

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

We have published the article below to aid you in counteracting This program is a legal browser hijacker, which in spite of being quite harmless, may appear to be very annoying because its basic consequences might include, for example changing your browser apps in various ways, by redirecting you to different online locations whenever you attempt to load a website and therefore, making your browsing an unpleasant experience. Furthermore, it can cause the production of a great number of pop-up and other ads that your device may be stuck with, and you could be left unable to use its features fully. In addition, this hijacker can set new homepages and search engines that this hijacker’s creators are paid to advertise. In fact, every version of a browser may become a victim of such software – neither Explorer; nor Opera, Chrome or Firefox will be spared. 

Hijackers are indeed one of the most typical versions of advertising software. Together with Adware, they may be seen as potentially unwanted programs. Nonetheless, none of them really harm the devices they infect in any way. They might simply modify all your browser apps in the ways we have mentioned above, but that’s all. 

What does “advertising software” really stand for?

Generally speaking, and the programs like it only have marketing purposes. Actually, they get created to merely promote products, homepages, search engines, web platforms, different software and other goods/services. All the producers and service providers have worked very closely along with web developers to come up with legitimate software that may be used for online advertising.  Thus, Adware and hijackers have been created. When talking about these ad-generating forms of software, all the parties involved earn from their annoying promotion campaigns. The manufacturers get their goods popularized, and programmers make rather large amounts of money, which depends on how effective their Adware and browser hijacker versions are. The advertising efficiency is basically measured by the number of redirects and ads displayed. Really, this may explain the oftentimes unbearably irritating behaviour of these programs – they have simply been set to produce a bigger number of pop-ups and redirect you more intensively. Removal

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:

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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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove 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.


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


Is regarded as a virus?

As we have discussed at the beginning of this page, browser hijackers are legitimate programs. In contrast, no virus is legal. For example, Ransomware and Trojans are very dangerous and may result in various illegal activities performed from your machine. That’s not really the case when it comes to – this program can’t trigger any malicious consequences.

How you may end up getting a infection

Some professionals in the field believe that the ways software developers use to spread hijackers may be perceived as rather shady and intrusive and we are about to talk about their reasons. Even though this kind of software is accepted to be relatively harmless, no user wants to be annoyed by advertisements and redirecting, and is ever going to directly install such a program on their devices. In spite of that, this software is legal and as such, it has to get your direct or indirect consent to become a component of your PC.

Generally, that is why software bundles have been created – to distribute hijackers and Adware by fooling you into installing their whole content together with the ad-broadcasting software inside such a bundle. Indeed, bundles are free mixes of software you can access and download on the Internet. In general they comprise different and oftentimes interesting games and apps you could really be interested in using. That is normally a trap, though. In case you install such a bundle using the Easy, the Default or the Automatic installation feature, you are going to allow the entire content of the bundle in, and it is more than likely that your device will be contaminated by Nonetheless, if you remain calm and carry out a proper installation process, you are going to be free of ad-producing programs. For a proper installation process to be conducted, there are normally two options of the wizard which can help you. One is the Advanced, the other is the Custom. Check for them, choose them and you are going to be asked to choose the exact apps, games and program features you want to install on your PC.

Removing and avoiding is not that difficult

For the purpose of removing, follow the tips in our Removal Guide below. So as to stay away from such software from now on, simply remember to conduct safe installation processes, and to avoid the other likely sources of hijackers like torrents, illegal software-streaming web platforms, spam and all forms of ads and banners.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some general changes in the way your browsers look and behave such as some intense generation of ads/ homepage modifications and possibly some redirection.
Distribution Method Generally inside bundles, however, possibly found in torrents, infected web pages, spam.
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.

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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