Virus is really some of the most irritating forms of software you could possibly come across on the Internet. apps is similar to any regular browser extension as it tend to function as a part of the user’s browser and not on their own.

However, if you have a hijacker on your browser, then you’d know that this is probably something you should have remove sooner rather than later. If a hijacker has managed to latch onto your browser, various forms of disrupting activities could be expected from it. Some of the more common examples are redirects to random pages on the Internet, generation of ads on your screen and even certain browser changes such as replacement of the search engine tool, the toolbar and the homepage without your approval. It doesn’t matter what your browser is – Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other, since all of the popular browsers out there tend to be susceptible to the effects of browser hijacker apps. In the present article, our main focus will be placed on the app which we have reasons to believe should be categorized as a hijacker. For instance, a lot of users have complained that this irritating software piece tends to flood their browsers with all sorts of ads and that it might also redirect their searches to pages that they never really wanted to go to. Not only that, but unwanted changes to the browser like the ones we just mentioned are also likely to occur. With all this in mind, it should be rather obvious that is certainly not among the most desirable of applications that you could come across. That is why, here we will try to show you how to avoid it and, in case the pesky app has already found its way into your browser, how to have it removed.

We believe that the following article has something to offer to all of you regardless of whether or not is presently in your system. In case you do have the hijacker on your machine, we also advise you to have a look at the guide down below which has been specifically designed to assist our readers with the quick and effective removal of the undesirable hijacker.

The Bodelen Virus

Although at first you might think that the Bodelen virus is some nasty malicious program like a Ransomware virus or a Trojan Horse, know that such app is actually rarely capable of inflicting any harm upon your system. The Bodelen virus is mainly used as advertising tool which explains all the ads, redirects to promoted pages and changes to your browser that are normally done in order to make the whole advertising campaign more effective.

That said, it is undeniable that the activities hijacker apps normally conduct can really get on one’s nerves. Also, this isn’t really the only reason why you might want to get rid of such an app. Another important thing to be pointed out here is that you shouldn’t really be overly trusting towards the advertising materials displayed by such apps. Some of them could redirect you to relevant and legit offers, sure, but you could also potentially land on adverts that originate from obscure and sometime even unsafe sources. Many hackers actually rely on unsafe ads to distribute insidious malicious cyber threats the likes of Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware and Trojans. Naturally, you wouldn’t want any of these to get inside your PC which is why it’s advisable to keep away from any ads on your screen during the time a software component like is residing in your browser.

About hijacker distribution

The best way to handle a hijacker is to simply keep it away from your PC and in order to be able to do that, you need to know the most popular methods of browser hijacker distribution. Naturally, when talking about distribution techniques for undesirable software, the first methods that normally come to mind are spam e-mails, malvertising, pirated content, shady sites and so on. Indeed, those are some of the top techniques employed for spreading unpleasant apps like However, one other and arguably sneakier method called file-bundling seems to be even more effective than the ones we already mentioned. This is when the hijacker is bundled with another program and once the user installs that other program, they also get the unwanted browser hijacker. The good news here is you can actually disable the hijacker’s installation from within the setup manager – simply look for the Advanced setup menu where you should find more customization settings and opt-out of anything you don’t thing you can trust.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If a hijacker’s on your browser, you’d likely have your starting page and default search engine replaced by it. Annoying ads and page redirects are also likely to start popping-up on your screen.
Distribution Method The three most commonly used methods for distributing such apps are spam messages, installation bundles and malvertising.
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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Virus

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: Virus

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Virus

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

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

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

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Virus

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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