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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.

Hijacker apps can be terribly annoying if one such software piece manages to get installed on your computer and infiltrates your browser. In most cases, it doesn’t really matter what browser you have on your computer. Generally, browser hijackers can function from pretty much any browser you could think of – IE, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Vivaldi and so on. There is also little to no point in switching to another browser as it is highly likely for the hijacker to latch onto it as well. But what do browser hijackers do that makes them so irritating and unpleasant. Well, for starters, they are known for replacing the search engine tool, the homepage, the new-tab page or different elements from the toolbar without the user’s agreement. Also, most hijacker apps tend to trigger page redirects to random sites that the user doesn’t really want to visit. Also, generation of nagging ads, pop-ups, blinking banners, flashy box messages and so on are also a likely and commonly encountered consequence of the presence of a browser hijacker inside a given PC system. Understandably, if you currently have such an application on your computer, you’d probably like to have it removed and uninstalled so that it will no longer mess with your browser settings and spam your screen with obnoxious and obstructive advertising materials. The good thing here is that taking care of a browser hijacker-related issue isn’t overly complicated or difficult. That said, it’s also not as simple as uninstalling any other program mainly because if not thoroughly eradicated with all of its related data and files, most hijackers tend to come back to annoy you even after you have supposedly gotten rid of them.


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

Therefore, if you presently have such an unwanted app on your computer and inside your browser, we advise you to take a look at the instructions below – they will show you what you’d need to do in order to ensure that the obstructive software piece gets uninstalled and removed in a way that won’t allow it to come back again. There’s also a removal tool added to the guide that you can use as an additional removal option, especially if you don’t think you can complete the guide on your own.

The hijacker

Obviously, there are quite a lot of hijacker apps out there since this type of software is actually rather profitable through its never-ending ads and page redirects. Pretty much every day a new hijacker version gets released and every now and then some of those new versions really take off and manage to get installed onto a big number of machines. One such hijacker version is the newly-reported Again, here we are talking about a software piece that targets the user’s browser in order to use it as a hub for its web-advertising campaign. One important sidenote that we need to make here is that hijackers aren’t like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware or other similar forms of malware. They aren’t actual virus versions and are not intended to harm your system or the files that you keep on the PC. They simply try to advertise stuff and in that way make money for their creators. However, the important thing here is that the adverts and page redirects you see on your screen when there’s a hijacker like installed on your PC might not always be safe and trustworthy. Many ads around the Internet are used by nefarious hackers in attempts to further spread malware viruses like the ones we’ve just mentioned (Ransomware, Trojans, etc.). Our advice for you with regards to that is to avoid the advertising content that an app like might stream to your browser and also to make sure to eliminate the hijacker as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.

What are’s distribution methods

It could be expected for a hijacker to get distributed through different spam messages, irritating and misleading online offers and request, pirated software programs, torrents, obscure and questionable streaming sites and sometimes even through their officials sites (some hijackers have actual official sites). You can also potentially get or some similar hijacker if you install a new program that had the hijacker bundled with its installer. That’s why it is essential that you always check the setup managers of new software for bundled content and make sure to manually leave out anything you deem suspicious and questionable.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Page redirects, intrusive ads and browser changes are the typical symptoms.
Distribution Method A hijacker can be distributed through misdealing ads, spam messages, installation bundles and so on.
Detection Tool

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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