Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

Sudden page redirects, changes to your homepage or search engine, new toolbars in your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, a stream of ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen – where are all these nagging activities come from? If you landed on this page to learn about this, then you have come to the right place. Here, we are going to speak about one particular program called “Malware”, which can be accused of the aforementioned browsing disturbance. Most of the users who have this software on their computers usually experience some issues with their affected browser such as sluggishness, unresponsiveness, sudden crashes, freezing of the screen, and a never ending flow of different ads, new tabs and promotional messages that keep flooding their monitor. Can this be a sign of a virus infection? And how harmful can a browser hijacker be? This is what we are going to clarify in the next lines, and in case that you are also looking for an effective way to remove “Malware”, the guide below contains what you need. Its instructions are easy to follow and will help you correctly detect and uninstall the browser hijackers and remove all of its strange browser modifications, ads, and effects on your system.

Is “Malware” a virus? 

To many people, the browser hijacking programs like “Malware” appear as real nasty viruses who constantly cause them a lot of browsing disturbance. But is it really so? It is true that such programs have the ability to adversely affect Google Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other web browser, which is set as default on the users’ computer. Once it enters the system, “Malware”, for example, may mess up with the users’ browser by starting to change various browsing settings and causing constant redirection during the users’ sessions. In most of the cases, the victims are redirected to unfamiliar web pages that are desperately trying to raise their ranks, traffic, and sales by displaying nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and commercial messages on the screen. There is also no guarantee that the constant redirections will not let you visit dubious web pages that have the sole purpose of getting people to download different viruses (or other malicious threats like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) to their computers. However, the main purpose of this redirecting activity is not to cause harm to the users or corrupt their system the way that a real virus of the Trojan-Ransomware type would do. “Malware” 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).



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.

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 “Malware” 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 “Malware” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Malware” 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.


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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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!

Typically, the above described behavior of the browser hijacker can be explained with the strive of its creators to generate profits from Pay-Per-Click. They basically get paid to promote strange, tedious and similar domains that would not be visited by the regular users otherwise, unless they are purposely prompted to click on them. This is an aggressive and irritating online advertising approach, which may seriously disturb the normal users’ browsing and even expose them to some security risks. However, according to security experts, such software is still not as dangerous as a real virus and is not considered to be one. However, if you feel that your browsing has been hampered by “Malware” or a similar browser hijacker, you should know that you can easily remove all the files and records associated with it and have it uninstalled once and for all with the help of the removal guide below.  

How browser hijackers usually get installed on your system “Malware” and other similar hijacking programs are spread by various techniques. Some of them are just annoying, while others are quite tricky. Yet, in most of the cases people download such potentially unwanted programs into free software packages (aka bundles). Generally, these programs are legitimate, so you can easily download a hijacker after visiting a normal looking domain and opening a link or installing a given setup. If you want to avoid such programs and other unwanted things, you should start monitoring the installation process of free software. This is done by selecting Custom or Advanced installation settings when you run a given setup. It is also advisable to be more selective about your software sources and avoid torrents, different free installers that come from non-reputed developers, some spam email messages or attachments that prompt you to install some amazing tool for free.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden page redirects, changes to your homepage or search engine, new toolbars in your browser, a stream of ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen.
Distribution Method Software bundles,  torrents, different free installers that come from non-reputed developers, some spam email messages or attachments that prompt you to install some amazing tool for free.
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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