One of the most common reasons for uncontrolled and aggressive ads exposure during the browsing time is the presence of special ad-generating and page-redirecting pieces of software inside the users’ system. These pieces of software are known as browser hijackers and can be found all over the Internet. They oftentimes get installed on the computer by default alongside some other, more desirable program, especially if the user doesn’t pay close attention during the setup process. Once they become part of the system, the browser hijackers usually latch onto the main browser (it could be Chrome, Firefox,  Safari or any other browser you may have installed on your computer) and start to generate various intrusive pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, banners, and sponsored redirect links through the browser’s screen during your web surfing sessions. They also tend to install some sponsored search engine tools, toolbars, buttons or homepage domains which are meant to replace your default settings and to generate more of those aggressive advertisements on your monitor.

Luckily, the main purpose of all these actions and changes is not to corrupt your PC or to mess with your files. The hijacker apps simply try to advertise some third-party content and to increase the traffic and the exposure to certain websites, sales platforms, tools and offers and to boost the chances successful sales. Therefore, they are not considered to be serious computer threats and do not belong to any virus or malware category such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans. The lack of dangerous features, however, still does not make them the most desirable software. Many people experience annoyance and irritation due to the browser changes that such applications may impose and due to the excessive ad generation. That’s why they often seek methods to remove the unwanted changes and uninstall the ad-generating software from their PC. For this reason, in the next lines, we have published a special removal tool specialized in the uninstallation of hijacker-based applications and a manual guide, specifically aimed to help our readers remove a hijacker called, which is a common source of browsing irritation.

Some general information about the specifics of “virus” is a piece of software, which may commonly be mistaken for a virus or some sort of a nasty application due to its aggressive behavior. However, to your relief, even if you have on your PC, this browser hijacker won’t try to harm your computer like a Trojan Horse would or target your personal data – a typical trait of the Ransomware cryptoviruses. On the other hand, the unwanted application may modify the settings of your main browser and start to spam your screen with various sponsored ads, redirect links, new tabs and pop-up banners, which could make it rather difficult to navigate through the Internet. Oftentimes, you may be exposed to some potentially unwanted commercials or unfamiliar websites and may be prompted to click on some sketchy web locations, blinking boxes and redirect links. If you are not careful, you may even be tricked into downloading and installing some unreliable software, which may be infected with malware, or purchasing some low-quality products and services, which may come from unreliable providers. For this reason, we generally advise our readers to remove and uninstall its changes in order to permanently stop its activities.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.

You can find the removal guide here.


About the author

Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.


  • These steps did not help, and I went through them three times now. The site pops up while I’m on my phone and while it’s off. Even typing this comment, the site has popped up and taken me from this page.

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