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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.

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge as well as most of the other popular browsing programs are regarded as generally safe. However, a browser hijacker such as could easily invade them and totally change the way they operate in its attempt to launch its aggressive online advertising activity. Almost immediately after being installed, the pesky application would start to interrupt your normal web browsing with different irritating ads, pop-up messages and banners that cover every page that you may visit. Additionally, and most commonly without your permission, tends to install a new toolbar, a sponsored homepage domain or a new third-party search engine to your default browsing program which usually perform automatic redirects to specific sponsored web platforms and links. All these changes could be extremely frustrating but what is even more annoying is the fact that there is no quick option to remove and uninstall them. Reinstalling the browser or switching to another one will most likely not get you rid of the browser hijacker, because its components should be removed and carefully uninstalled from the system itself.

So, what can you do if has taken over your favorite browser but you want to get rid of it? Well, in the removal guide below, you can find an answer to this question. There, our “How to remove” team has explained the exact manual steps that you need to take in order to safely detect and delete the components of this annoying browser hijacker. Those of you, who find it difficult to follow the manual steps, can use the help of the professional removal tool included in the guide. It can carefully scan the entire PC for the unwanted application (and even check for hidden viruses, Ransomware or Trojan carriers) and offer you the fastest automatic removal solutions.


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

Could my system be exposed to danger if a browser hijacker operates on it?

The browser hijacker applications are not some super dangerous and harmful pieces of software. They greatly differ from malicious programs such as Rootkits, Trojans or Ransomware because their purpose is not to perform a cyber crime but to advertise different products and websites/webpages. Still, despite not being considered as serious computer threats, applications such as are still mostly seen as potentially unwanted. This is mainly because of their rather aggressive online advertising approach which involves unwanted browser changes, automatic redirects and unstoppable exposure to third-party ads, offers and links. Many users find this to be extremely frustrating as they get forced to constantly deal with the pop-ups, the newly installed search engine tools or toolbars while trying to perform a normal web search. Another issue that people with browser hijackers in their system commonly face is browser sluggishness, unresponsiveness and frequent crashes. Some people also fear from accidentally clicking on infected or misleading ads and links while trying to deal with the pop-up streaming on their screen. Because of this, many prefer to simply uninstall the hijacker in order to reduce the risk of landing on something hazardous. Keep in mind, though, that if you want to keep your PC free from nagging ads and unwanted browser changes, it is not enough to remove the hijacker once. You also have to avoid its most common sources (such as free downloads, automatic installers, application bundles, torrents, spam, etc.) and pay close attention to every new component that asks you to make changes to your computer or your browser.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different ads, pop-ups and automatic page-redirects may constantly interrupt your web surfing. 
Distribution Method Most commonly distributed via program bundles, automatic installers and updates, torrents, ads and freeware. 
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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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