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Programs like Redirect may not be able to directly harm your PC but they may cause irritating browser sluggishness and sudden crashes. may also make your browser unresponsive to your searches and may frequently redirect you to web locations different from the ones that you actually may want to visit.

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If we talk about the most annoying pieces of software that you may encounter on the Internet, we can’t go by without mentioning the browser hijackers. These ad-generating and page-redirecting applications can make any browser go crazy by displaying various ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored page-redirect links all over your screen. If you have recently been experiencing similar disturbance within your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, then you probably know what we mean especially if you have a piece of software named Redirect in your system. A browser hijacker like this one could easily latch onto any of the popular browser out there and could alter their homepages or search engine settings without asking for the user’s permission. A hijacker could also fill your screen with hundreds of hard-to-remove sponsored messages and may aggressively prompt you to click on them regardless of your current browsing activity. Such behavior could be extremely irritating but, luckily, on this page, we can offer you a solution to the browsing disturbance.

Most browser hijackers have special ad-generating components, which help them to put hundreds of ads and sponsored links on your browser. That’s why, if you want to get rid of such an ads invasion and from the browser changes, you need to locate and remove the hijacker components from your PC. 

Why are the browser hijackers so annoying?

The browser hijackers could be extremely irritating but the people who create and own them earn a lot exactly due to this characteristic of theirs. Usually, these pieces of software are used by different online vendors, marketers and software developers to increase the users’ exposure to certain promoted products or services. The more the people see certain ads or land on certain web pages, the greater the chances for a sale, the higher the traffic and the better the site’s ranking. In most of the cases, in order to reach more people, the browser hijackers are bundled with other apps, free program bundles, torrents, automatic installers, online ads, spam messages or download links. The users usually install them by default when they skip the Advanced/Custom installation settings and allow them to become part of their system along with the automatic installation of the main software.

Could a program like Redirect expose the system to danger?

The real nature of the browser hijackers is not malicious. As we said above, these pieces of software are created to advertise and to benefit their developers through sponsored ads positioning and paid redirects. However, due to their aggressiveness, they can often be mistaken for computer viruses. Many of the people who get apps like Redirect on their machines actually fear that they have been infected with some nasty form of malware which might harm their PCs. That’s why they desperately seek methods to have them uninstalled. Luckily, this is not what hijackers are since they lack the malicious code which allows the actual viruses to carry out different cyber crimes. The browser hijackers are incapable of performing criminal tasks such as data theft, espionage, file encryption, or system destruction. Therefore, the security experts do not regard them as high-level threats and do not put them in the same category as actual malware viruses like Spyware, Ransomware or Trojans.  Still, due to the unpleasant and aggressive advertising campaigns conducted by most hijackers, such apps are still seen as unwanted.


Name Redirect
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may start to redirect you to various unfamiliar sites and to fill your screen with nagging ads.
Distribution Method This program could be distributed as a bundle in different free software packages, torrents, automatic installers or via ads, ad-supported sites, freeware or shareware platforms.
Detection Tool Redirect 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.


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 Redirect 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 Redirect from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Redirect 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.


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
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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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