is an invasive ad-generating app that gets itself attached to the browser and changes it without asking for your authorization. The presence of in the browser leads to sudden redirects to promotional sites and the generation of aggressive online adverts. will display pop up messages and windows

You could get this application installed in almost any browser, including popular browsers with high levels of security such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and more. Typically, the first symptoms triggered by apps like Top Captcha SolveriStart Search Bar that users tend to notice are the various changes introduced to the browser. For example, you will likely see there’s a new search engine tool in place of the one your browser used to have as its default. To add to that, the homepage address of the browser will also likely be changed and replaced with the address of some ad-heavy site. Next, page redirects, ads, pop-ups, and box messages will probably start to show up on your screen while you are trying to use your browser. The changes introduced by the invasive browser-hijacking app and the various forms of online advertising that you will get exposed to is typically enough for most people to decide to get this app uninstalled. There, however, is a problem people tend to face when they attempt to remove from their computers. Most browser hijackers, including, don’t make it easy on the users when it comes down to uninstalling them.

Even if there is an uninstallation button for the hijacker and you find it, using it will most likely only result in a momentary removal of the hijacker. In most cases, soon after the seeming uninstallation of, this app would return to your browser to continue bothering you with its Pay-Per-Click ads and Pay-per-View page redirects. This is because the people behind such software are interested in keeping their browser hijackers on the users’ computer for as long as possible since this effectively increases the overall amount of income earned through the display of paid advertisements. Of course, for the end user this is quite unfortunate because it could be quite difficult and confusing figuring out how to truly uninstall an app like this one.

If you have recently found yourself in a similar struggle and you are unsure about how to proceed, be sure to check out our detailed removal instructions found at the bottom of this post – they will help you with the uninstallation of the aggressive hijacker and allow you to return the browser settings that you prefer.

Why hijackers need to be uninstalled

The app is not a particularly dangerous piece of software, especially if you compare it to Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojan horse threats. However, the ceaseless ads and the sudden page redirects to unknown sites might expose some unfortunate users to Trojans and Ransomware (or other viruses) because there’s usually not a whole lot of control over the quality of the advertising materials spammed by most hijackers. That is why experts consider this type of apps to be unreliable and potentially hazardous and it is also why we advise you to remove at the earliest opportunity.


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To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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