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

The virus appears for around 10-20 times per day like cmd.exe
Screenshot of the virus weird popup

This article focuses on a recently reported browser hijacker called If you are on this page due to the fact that this application is in your system – stay with us to learn more about its specifics. The installation of in your machine could be a very unpleasant surprise. Having established itself in your computer, this hijacker integrates with your browser (the targeted browser could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another browser program) and begins to impose its own rules on it, thereby “hijacking” it. The first symptoms are the appearance of a new homepage or maybe a change in the default search engine tool. Also, the users begin to notice that their online searches often get page-redirected to different sponsored web addresses full of aggressive ads, banners and pop-ups. What may scare you the most is the fact that the above-mentioned changes have typically not been approved by you. The hijacker imposes them without asking for a direct user approval and even if you try to remove them and return your browser to its original state, you will be greeted by the same sponsored homepage and an unknown search engine the very moment you reopen your browser. But do not worry because, in the next lines, we will show you how to effectively uninstall and save yourself from the settings that it has imposed. Below, there are detailed instructions with screenshots, with the help of which you can easily find and remove all the components of the annoying application.

Just like, Searchesmia, and Altruistic recently, uses a social engineering tactic to make users accept push notifications. In fact, if the user denies the notification, he is immediately redirected to these exact websites.

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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove!

How to remove

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to the malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the extension
  4. Get rid of by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by the malicious program or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a malicious process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for in there
    4. Uninstall from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is is a malevolent redirect malware associated with a perilous add-on like Shampoo, Apps, and similar entities. It has the capability to induce undesired actions in the browser and can even record the transmitted and received data during browsing.
    Due to its infringement on user privacy, this form of menace is classified as malware and should be promptly removed from the browser. The specific malware that spreads via Google Chrome is referred to as ChromeLoader.

    Can cause harm?

    Most browser hijackers, including, operate as online advertising tools that serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They are programmed to generate all sorts of online promotional materials including different banners, pop-ups, links hidden in text messages, colorful ads, etc. and make users click on them or visit certain pages. To many people, these ads and sponsored page-redirects may seem suspicious but the truth is that the app responsible for their appearance isn’t a nasty virus or a malware program (such as a Trojan, a file-encrypting Ransomware, a Spyware or another similar threat). In fact, all the commercial messages you see on your screen as well as the changes in your browser, which an application like may impose, are the result of a business collaboration between the developers of this software and the marketers whose products, services and websites get promoted. Both parties are more than interested in showing you as many ads, links and offers as possible and in redirecting you to as many sponsored web locations as they can because, this way, the marketers gain more traffic and exposure while the developers of the hijacker apps get paid on a pay-per-click basis every time the user clicks on the promotional materials displayed by the obstructive app. There, however, is technically nothing criminal or illegal in such a collaboration. Nevertheless, oftentimes, in a pursuit of greater profit, the people behind applications like  resort to certain methods of generating more clicks which may be way too invasive. They often rely on automatic page-redirects, browser modifications and aggressive ads streaming which lead to user irritation, browsing disturbances and exposure to unfamiliar web locations. That’s why, even if the browser hijackers are far from real viruses and threats like Ransomware or Trojans in terms of how dangerous they could be, their presence in the system is still considered as potentially unwanted and many people prefer to uninstall them (and rightfully so).


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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