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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.

About The Virus Virus

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If Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or any other browser that you are using as default has recently started to spam you with dozens of ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirects during your regular web browsing  sessions, and if you have detected some unauthorized changes in the browser’s homepage, or in the main search engine, then the chances are that you may have unknowingly installed a Browser Hijacker called on your computer. The installation itself has probably happened once you have given your approval to install some software bundle or some new free application inside your system. The changes within the browser’s settings, however, you have probably detected immediately after that. Since the uninstallation of this kind of programs sometimes needs some advanced information, most people incorrectly mistake Browser Hijackers like,  and for malware such as Ransomware or Trojans, and refer to them as a “redirect viruses”.

To your relief, however, and the applications of this kind cannot be associated with any harmful or illegal activities. They are simply advertising programs that try to make you click on different pay-per-click ads, banners, and pop-ups while surfing the web. The creators of the Browser Hijackers generally earn revenue through pay-per-click advertising for each click that users make in these pages and on the hijackers’ ads. That’s why, for as long as the program operates on your system, you may constantly get prompted to click on sponsored messages and visit promotional sites.

Here is what a Browser Hijacker might do while operating on your system:

  • It may change the homepage of the affected browser with a sponsored URL.
  • It may automatically initiate page-redirects to specific sponsored web pages, unrelated to the user’s actual search queries.
  • It may constantly generate third-party ads, banners, pop-ups, and promotional messages of unknown origin.
  • It may display sponsored search results, linking to sites that aggressively promote questionable products and services.

As a matter of fact, all these activities wouldn’t normally seriously harm your system, but they may interfere with your web experience and may cause irritation and browsing disturbance. That’s why, if the activities of irritate you, or don’t allow you to browse the Internet in peace, you have all the right uninstall this program and remove its related elements from your browser.

How to uninstall and prevent it from coming back in the future?

The effective elimination of a program like doesn’t need some specific computer skills. Yet, the process of uninstallation may be a bit confusing. Therefore,  if you don’t understand what you need to delete, you may accidentally remove some vital system files and corrupt the OS without wanting it. That’s why, in order to minimize the risk, and to successfully eliminate the unwanted Browser Hijacker, we recommend that you use a reliable removal tool, like the one on this page, or complete the steps you will find in the next guide.

To prevent Browser Hijacker installation in the future, our advice is to stay away from free program bundles, torrents, and applications or browser add-ons from unfamiliar developers. Only use official sites to download and install software, and always check the advanced or the custom settings in the installation wizards. Avoid intrusive ads, and unofficial websites, as those might redirect you to insecure web locations, or even worse – infect you with some real viruses like Ransomware, Trojans or Rootkits.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A Browser Hijacker may constantly redirect you to different sponsored websites and fill your screen with ads, banners and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, free download installers and ads are common sources of Browser Hijackers.
Detection Tool Removal

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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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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