Remove is an unwanted application that possesses characteristics typical for a browser hijacker. has recently been reported to cause browsing disturbance to the web users by taking over their main browsers (most commonly Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Edge) and by imposing some changes to the browsers’ settings.

Remove affects the browsers’ homepage and new tab URL sections and injects dubious extensions.

These changes typically involve the modification of the homepage URL, a replacement of the default search engine tool, installation of some shortcut buttons, toolbars and new tab domains in the browser and more. All of this usually takes place without the users’ approval. Once the hijacker has completed these changes, it starts to generate different ads, pop-ups and banners and starts to page-redirect the users to predetermined sites to artificially increase their popularity. By displaying certain ads and promoting these sites, the developers of earn money. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that such sites and their related ads are legitimate and harmless. Therefore, letting yourself being automatically redirected to different random pages may hide certain security risks. If you want to avoid a possible encounter with viruses and malware such as Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans, it is a good idea to remove the browser hijacker and uninstall its imposed changes in order to regain control over your web browsing.

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You can remove such software in two ways – manually or automatically. The Auto removal is the easiest way to deal with an application like and for that you can use a professional removal tool such as the one in the removal guide below. If you think you are experienced enough to find all the related browser hijacker components inside your system manually, you are welcome to use the manual removal steps.

Keep in mind, though, it may take you some time and effort to manually locate and remove all hijacker-related components.

The effects of browser hijackers on the computer system and performance

Once a hijacker such as enters the system, it typically conducts the following activities and causes the following undesirable effects:

  • Redirects to unfamiliar sites. Browser hijackers are most often used to redirect people to predetermined sites, thereby promoting the sites in question. This is done by showing modified search results and sometimes even blocking trusted sites. Be careful because there is no guarantee that any such site is harmless and these redirects can seriously reduce the security of the computer by accidentally exposing you to malicious content and carriers of nasty infections, including Trojans and Ransomware.
  • Collects non-personal information. Most browser hijackers can try to monitor what you do on the Internet – learn about the sites you go to, the ads you click on, the types of videos you watch and so on, in order to then spam you with relevant advertising content. However, fraudsters can use similar software to obtain login information, contact information and other confidential details.
  • Prevents you from removing it from the system. Typically, browser hijackers do not have an uninstall option. They may even rely on helper components which may cause their reappearance after the hijacker has been seemingly removed.
  • Causes issues related to the stability and the performance of the system. Most browser hijackers slow the browser and the computer performance because some of them are poorly programmed. When you have such software on your PC, you may notice stability issues, errors, unresponsiveness, screen-freezing and sudden crashes.


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 disturb you during your web browsing.
Distribution Method Spam, different ads, free downloads, torrents, software bundles, shareware platforms.
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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  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove —–> Manage Add-ons.


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

Remove Remove from Firefox:

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


Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove from Chrome:

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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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