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The virus will display pop up ads and messages

Unlike viruses and malware programs of categories like ransomware, Trojans and spyware, a browser hijacker wouldn’t really try to hide its presence and remain unnoticed in the computer. In fact, it is quite the opposite, as such apps are known for their invasive and irritating behavior. These apps seek to get installed inside Chrome, Opera, Firefox and other popular browsers as they need a browser “host” in order to be able to operate.

Their main goal is to make sure that you interact with as many of their ads and get redirected to as many of the sites of their partners as possible. In order to achieve their goal more effectively, the hijackers try to make changes in the browser’s default settings. In most cases, they would try to set a new homepage address in place of the previous one or alter the search engine service, typically replacing it with some custom search engine that is set to favor in its search sites and pages that the hijacker is programmed to advertise.

The intrusive hijacker

Needless to say, having an app like this on your computer can be a rather unpleasant and even a frustrating experience. is one example of a browser hijacker and the reason we are focusing on it is because it’s currently one of the more widespread hijackers out there.

If you are on this page because of the presence of inside your computer, know that we can help you with the invasive software and show you how you can restore your browsing program to its normal state. To do that, you will need to follow the steps presented in our removal guide for that you will find further down this article. Before you get to the uninstallation section of this post, however, we advise you to first read a bit more about so as to learn how to avoid such apps in the future and why it’s important for the safety of your system that your browser stays hijacker-free.

Distribution techniques used for spreading hijackers and other similar potentially unwanted apps

Aside from well known distribution techniques like spam and malvertising that are used to spread potentially unwanted apps like hijackers and adware, there is one other even more effective technique to distribute such apps and that technique is file bundling. With it, the unwanted software is included in some installation wizard that normally carries another program which is the installer’s main one. The hijacker is only there as an optional bonus component.

However, it is normally under an opt-out clause meaning that you will need to manually deselect it in the installer if you don’t want it to get installed alongside the main program. Many users forget to do that, especially since oftentimes the opt-out setting is under the Advanced setup menu. You, however, should always make sure to carefully check the installers for any new programs you want in your computer for added hijackers as you must not allow such unwanted software in your computer again. A hijacker, though not particularly dangerous on its own, could still potentially lead to redirects to sketchy sites and pages that are used to spread ransomware, spyware and malicious Trojans around the Internet.

TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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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.

    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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    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:

    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.

      Remove from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click   —–> Manage Add-ons.

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to  —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

     Remove from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick    ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    Remove from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    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

    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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