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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.

Apps like are seen as unwanted on any computer but, unfortunately, this is one of the most common types of potentially unwanted applications and the chances of landing one such app yourself are especially high if you regularly download free software or install apps from different torrents, free download platforms and ads. In fact, if you are on this page, then you probably already have this browser hijacker inside your browser and are now looking forward to removing it, stopping its ads and page-redirects and reverting its homepage, toolbar or search engine changes that it has made. is one of the newest representatives of this class of software but we won’t get surprised if you have mistaken it for some sort of a nasty Trojan Horse or Ransomware infection. This is a common confusion among the users who detect this application inside their Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge or another browser and notice the unwanted changes that it has automatically imposed. may replace the main homepage or the default search engine with some sponsored ones as well as install some new browser buttons and toolbars. In addition to that, it may start to display different pop-up windows, new tabs that redirect you to sponsored pages as well as banners and ads that are typically hard to remove and that may cover most of your screen. What is particularly annoying is that, no matter what you do and how you try to uninstall the browser changes or remove the pop-up ads, they simply seem to stick to the browser and and not go away. Even changing the default browser with another one may not save you from the ads generated by because the application can integrate with any browsing program that you install. Then how can you deal with this browser hijacker in a fast and effective way? This is what we explain in the removal guide below.

Who creates browser hijackers and why do they spam you with ads?

In order to answer this question, we first should make it clear that the browser hijackers are applications similar to adware and they serve the interests of the online marketing industry. To be more specific, they are the result of the agreement between their developers and the manufacturers and distributors of different goods and services. The latter, of course, benefit from promoting their products, services and websites directly on the users’ screen. But the developers of this type of software are just as interested in this as the manufacturers because they earn money by displaying sponsored ads and links that redirect the users to the desired pages and by making the users click on specific promotional messages. This most often happens thanks to reward systems such as Pay Per Click. But these same revenue accumulation models sometimes encourage the use of somewhat invasive advertising tactics from the developers of applications like In their attempts to earn more, they tend to overdo it with the amount of sponsored commercials they display through their software and this causes irritation and disturbance to the users. In addition, some people fear the random applicationects and the sketchy pop-ups as it is known that these can often be used as transmitters of Ransomware, Trojans and other nasty viruses. Thus, most users prefer to uninstall the ad-generating software as soon as possible.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Pop-up messages and different automatic redirect links may appear on your screen during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Software bundling, freeware sites, shareware platforms, torrents, ads and spam.
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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