Browser Redirect

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove redirect. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is a potentially unwanted application which belongs to a software category known as browser hijackers – a particularly irritating for of browser extension-like apps. Once installed on the system, this application typically gets added to your main browser (be it Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla or another one) and imposes some potentially unwanted changes to its settings. may set a new search engine or replace the default homepage domain with its own domain. Additionally, the annoying application may start to generate different hard-to-remove ads, pop-ups, and banners on the screen and to redirect the web users to various third-party websites and to obscure web-pages.

The main distribution technique used by this browser hijacker is the so-called software bundling. With its help, can get distributed along with various free applications that you can download from the Internet as well as through torrents, spam messages, automatic installers, browser add-on setups and updates. The creators of the hijacker present it as a free browser tool which provides some free features to the users. However, the truth is that the main purpose of the application is to generate revenue from pay-per-click ads and sponsored page-redirects. is not a computer virus and lacks the capabilities that make threats like Ransomware or Trojans so feared. Despite that, many people consider the application to be potentially dangerous and seek methods to uninstall it. And this is not surprising because after “hijacking” the browser, this piece of software starts displaying sponsored commercial content in most of the search results. It can also be used to track user searches, visited sites, IP addresses and other similar traffic data. The information gathered by the hijacker helps to develop a behavioral marketing strategy. The browser extension may also display misleading, aggressive and, in some cases, even dangerous content. That’s why, to protect yourself from redirects caused by clicking on these ads, you might want permanently remove and uninstall its browser changes.


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

Additional problems caused by this browser-hijacker

The browser hijackers are a special software category, which unites applications with ad-generating and page-redirecting abilities. The representatives of this category are not intended to cause harm to the users’ computers and data, nor do they have the malicious capabilities of a Trojan virus, a Spyware program or a Ransomware infection. However, their rather aggressive advertising behavior may sometimes expose the users to security hazards of different kinds even if this isn’t the actual purpose of the hijacker. The risk comes mainly from the content that the hijacker may display on the screen of your browser. In most of the cases, you may come across intriguing offers, sales, discount links, promotional materials and different new pages. However, we cannot exclude the risk of clicking on something infected or landing on high-risk web pages. That’s why, it would be better if you limit your interaction with the suggested sites, links and ads. Still, if you find it difficult to browse the web normally and you constantly get interrupted by “ads delivered by ” we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide on this page or scan your PC with the professional removal tool that is included in the guide. This way, you will uninstall all the related browser hijacker components and will remove all the sponsored messages once and for all.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may frequently experience ads interruptions and automatic page-redirects to sponsored pages.
Distribution Method Spam messages, program bundling, automatic installers, torrents, ad-supported sites, 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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