Browser Redirect Pop-Up “Malware” Removal

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

In the following article that you are about to read we have included all the necessary info about This program is a kind of ad-producing software. Its mere goals are: to distribute pop-up ads on your screen; to redirect you to various websites; to set some completely new and unfamiliar homepages and search engines to appear in your browser apps. The term for all the programs in this category is browser hijackers. Additionally, what we can say about the known hijackers is that they can merely target all your browser apps (Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer) and change them in the already discussed manners. If you are would like to learn more about this sort of software, proceed with the informative passages below. In case you are in need of a tool that can help you against an already ongoing infection, check out the included Removal Guide.

Some facts about browser hijackers in general:

Each one of the programs classified as a browser hijacker is created to simply serve as an advertising tool. To be totally precise, the goal of these ad-related forms of software is to just generate lots of of pop-ups, tabs and banners; and to help some web platforms/ search engines and browser homepages gain popularity. The people, who are indeed interested in distributing this kind of software, are the manufacturers of the popularized products; the providers of the advertised services; and also the developers of these sometimes annoying programs. The people who need to advertise whatever they sell are the ones who pay the software developers to create the most effective advertising programs. The online marketing industry is huge today and these are some of its tools. You can see that all the parties involved in this ‘pay per click’ scheme really profit from it in different ways.

You can count on the successful removal of if you scroll down to the Removal Guide we have designed below and closely follow the instructions in it. Pop-Up “Malware” 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).



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.


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!

In what ways may get distributed?

From what we have noticed so far – you may find advertising software like this incorporated in contagious web pages or torrents or coming as a part of video/ movie-streaming web platforms. Therefore, whenever you visit or load any of these possible sources, you may ‘get’ the hijacker included in them. However, it is more common for a program such as Pop-Up “Malware” to be hiding inside program bundles, which you might be tempted to install yourself on your computer. What does a bundle represent? In fact, this is various free software that gets spread everywhere on the Internet in groups and may include games, programs, apps, Adware and browser hijackers. When it comes to such bundles, there is nothing to really freak out about. Nonetheless, the ad-generating programs inside such combos may make them a little suspicious, as users often suspect them of including viruses as well – something that is a false assumption.

Nevertheless, always remember that, you CAN use a piece of software from such a bundle, still free of charge, without getting infected by the hijacker inside. All you should do is simply ensure that you stick to this general piece of advice: whatever you install into your system, go with the Advanced (or the Custom) wizard feature. This will ensure that you are informed about the full contents of the program bundle. And this will in turn allow you to select which programs exactly you really want on your PC; and which ones you had better avoid.

In spite of its quite confusing and suspicious way of distribution, is not malicious because:

Even though there is that popular misunderstanding, we can assure you that we haven’t seen any cases of a hijacker acting in a malicious way. These programs have been considered ‘potentially unwanted’ as a result of their shady distribution means, which may somehow confuse you, but this does not mean hijackers are viruses. Of course, we can point out the reason for saying that browser hijackers are more or less harmless – they greatly differ from the usual malware versions you can get infected by. For example, Ransomware and Trojans are among the most dangerous virus types, and they can:

  • hack your PC without any kind of permission; whereas a program such as will always need to ask you for your approval, although it might be in a tricky way (see program bundles above).
  • Viruses can damage a part of your system, while hijackers may simply display too many irritating ads.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some really annoying changes related to how your browser looks and behaves.
Distribution Method Via various sources such as spam,program bundling and torrents.
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.

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