Browser Redirect


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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. is yet another addition to the browser hijacker software category and it is an app which can get inside popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer and mess with the way they behave and operate. Initially, the application may be mistaken by some users for a virus or some nasty malware (like a Trojan or a Ransomware) because it typically replaces some of the default browser settings like the homepage and the search engine with its own website domain and search engine tool. may also install various suspicious toolbars, plugins, buttons, and extensions in the browser which act as helper objects that prevents the user from overriding the new settings and ensures that the web searches get page-redirected to some predetermined websites, ads, banners, and pop-up tabs. The strange application may also keep track of your web activities and collect browsing-related information that can be used by its the creators of the unwanted app for targeted ad campaigns. As most browser hijackers, this one can bombard your computer screen with various aggressive pay-per-click ads throughout the day and can constantly disturb your web browsing sessions with click-prompts and redirect links. This could be the main reason why you may want to remove and uninstall its changes.

How may affect your system?

The representatives of the browser hijacker category are generally not considered as serious computer threats. Therefore, if you have on your system, you should not get panicked. This app is unlikely to leave any long-lasting negative effect on the computer. However, you are still advised to remove it because the longer the hijacker remains on the system the more annoyance and issues you may start to experience. For instance, the ads delivered by are usually linked to sponsored domains and, by clicking on them, you would get automatically redirected to third-party sites that are trying to increase their popularity and receive more visits. You have to be very careful with those random redirects, though, because they may expose you to unreliable web locations where you may be tricked into installing fake software or buying useless products. It is not excluded that you may even land on malware transmitters or real computer threats such as Ransomware, Rootkits and nasty viruses. may display notifications of false updates, security warnings, error messages and more and may seriously worsen the overall performance of the computer as it may require significant amounts of RAM memory and CPU time to function.

How spreads and how to remove it?

The most popular method used to distribute browser hijacker applications is to bundle them in the installers of other software (mostly free setups, free download packs and torrents). Therefore, it is necessary to pay close attention to the installation of any new programs and always opt for the “advanced” or the “custom” settings to have control over the entire setup process. To uninstall a browser hijacker, it is best if you use a professional removal tool or a detailed removal guide like the one below. This can ensure that you will detect and eliminate all the related components without deleting something else from the system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may install some new toolbars, search engine tools and homepage domains inside your main browser.
Distribution Method Software bundling, free downloads, ads, spam, and torrents are common sources of browser hijackers.
Detection Tool


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

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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