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

In case you have recently started to get spammed with dozens of aggressive online ads, page-redirect links, banners and similar nagging pop-ups all over the screen of your browser, if the said browser has had its search engine tool or homepage URL replaced and if you are now wondering why your ad-blocker is not doing the job that it is supposed to, then you should know that the source of this disturbance is most probably not the websites that you visit (though there are some sites which can be extremely aggressive with their ads) but a browser hijacker application called There are certain methods which can help you to fully remove the nagging ads and uninstall their source and, in the next lines, we will tell you more about them. So, if you’ve landed on this page seeking help with regaining control over your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser that might have been hijacked, stay with us. Browser hijackers, such as, are not among the most dangerous pieces of software that you may encounter and they are certainly not as malicious as viruses or Ransomware and Trojan Horse threats, but they have some specifics which you need to take into consideration if you want to effectively deal with this form of software. For instance, if not removed correctly, they can reinstall themselves again and hijack any browser that you have on your system. Additionally, for the entire period that they are present on the computer, they may place some potentially unwanted changes to the settings of your browsing progra (such as search engine or homepage replacements, automatic page-redirects, etc.) and may prevent you from reaching the sites that you actually want to visit. Not only that, but the ads, pop-ups and sponsored messages that a hijacker may generate on your screen may prompt you to click on potentially unsafe web locations or may trick you into purchasing or installing some low-quality software or other sketchy products. That’s why it is very important to use a trusted removal tool or a detailed removal guide, such as the ones below, in order to safely and effectively uninstall and get rid of all of its potentially unwanted activities.

Protecting your machine from browser hijackers like

When it comes to browser hijackers, most web users have no idea how this software has gotten installed on their system. Many people think that they most probably have been secretly infected, just like it usually happens with most viruses and malicious threats such as Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware. However, the browser hijackers cannot normally infect any computer on their own. They actually usually get installed by the users as a part of another program, which the customer willingly installs on their PC. This mostly happens due to a lack of attention during the installation process and negligence with regards to the selectable options under the Advanced/Custom/Manual menu section of the given program installation bundle. Most commonly, apps like can be found in software installers for games, software tools, add-ons, updates, torrents, etc., where they are promoted as free or bonus components to the main program. The good news is that you can effectively prevent them from entering your system if you are careful with your software download sources and pay close attention during the installation process.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unexpected page-redirects, homepage or search engine changes in the main browser, aggressive ads generation. 
Distribution Method Typically found as free or bonus components to other software installers, torrents, updates and add-ons. 
Detection Tool


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).

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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!

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