Nowadays, we need Internet for everything and this is why the browsers are likely the most commonly used programs on the majority of computers. This is precisely why having some issue with your browser could be incredibly frustrating. This is what brings us to the main topic of this article, namely, the browser hijacker/browser redirect app. It is an annoying software element that initially seems to function in a fashion similar to that of a regular extension for your Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari browser. Upon closer look, however, one quickly realizes that this software piece is really not something that one would enjoy having in their system and browser. The main goal of is to tinker with the search engine service of the browser as well as with its toolbar and homepage in order to spam the user’s screen with annoying page-redirects, ads, banners, pop-up boxes, new-tabs and other invasive commercial content. Despite being way less problematic than Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits and Trojans, apps of the hijacker category can be a serious pain in the neck precisely because they target the users’ browsers – program that most of use use pretty much every day to do our work, studies or simply to enjoy ourselves.

One additional issue that you may have already noticed if you have on your machine and have already tried to remove it from there is that it could actually be quite tricky to successfully and fully uninstall a browser-redirect tool such as this one. We, however, have some good news for you in this regard. A guide that you will find right below will present you with the needed steps you must complete in order to ensure that gets utterly removed and that there’s nothing left of it in your computer.

Some more information you should know about this software category

One of the most important things we believe you should learn and remember about the hijackers is that, though not as harmful as Ransomware or Trojans or other malware, these apps are not to be trusted by the users. Their adverts could be coming from all corners of the Internet and many of them may be misleading and have the potential to trick you into buying low-quality products or downloading more unwanted programs and apps on your computer. That’s why, it’s best to not interact with any of the commercial messages and simply make sure to remove the hijacker instead.

Another important thing to remember is that most browser hijacker/redirect applications get distributed as added elements that are bundled with the installation files of other programs. Normally, you can see what added components there are when installing a certain program under the Advanced installation menu but since the majority of users ignore this menu, they oftentimes get themselves unwanted software like You, however, should always remind yourself to check the Advanced settings and only allow programs that you are sure you want to get installed on your computer.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers don’t stay hidden – their browser modifications always give them away. 
Distribution Method Spam links, spam e-mails, malvertising, software bundles and more.
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).


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:

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.  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Remove from Firefox:

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

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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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