Remove Redirection (Feb. 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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This page aims to help you remove Redirection. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and MacOS.

A number of web users have recently been reporting that their browser has been taken over by an annoying application called This application pretty much resembles a normal browse extension but its behavior is quite different. Instead of offering the people some actual functionality, the pesky app tends to change their browser homepage or search engine and to initiate automatic page-redirects to different sites, most of which full of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners. It is very likely that, if you have on your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, you would be subjected to an aggressive online advertising campaign, typically related to pay-per-click remuneration models and sponsored ads positioning. Your browsing sessions may frequently get disturbed by different messages that might be prompting you to click on a given offer, download some software or purchase and test a product or a service. In some instances, if you are not careful and get tricked into clicking on some of the links, you may not even realize how you may land on some shady web location or get exposed to direct security hazards. And while this is definitely not the goal of an application like, keeping it on your computer and letting it redirect you to different third-party sites can definitely increase the chances of accidentally coming across real virus threats including Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware. That’s why it is generally advisable if you remove and uninstall the browser hijacker from your system. If you don’t know how to do that, in the removal guide below, we have posted some manual instructions that can help you. There is also a professional removal tool for those of you who may find it difficult to complete all the steps from the guide on their own.

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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.

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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 you are wondering how you may have ended up with a piece of software like on your PC, then you probably need a better understanding of the most common distribution methods that the browser hijackers use. Generally, most malicious pieces of software such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans can infect the system in stealth, without your knowledge., however, is not a virus and it normally cannot infect your system on its own. The most probable way you can end up with it is if you download it and install it (without realizing it) alongside some other software, an update or a browser add-on. Usually, the hijacker is attached as a free or a bonus component to the main installation package of different games, free tools, optimizers, document readers and similar helpful software. If not specifically disabled from the Advanced or the Custom setup menu, the advertising software typically gets installed by default when the setup process completes. That’s why, if you really want to ensure that your computer doesn’t get invaded by similar nagging software, you should always pay close attention when performing software installations and manually remove any pre-selected free or bonus components that can make changes to your browser and its settings. Otherwise, if you miss these customization steps, you may need to uninstall the unwanted software later, with the help of a removal guide like the one above.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may start to automatically flood your screen with ads and annoying page-redirects
Distribution Method Usually installed via automatic setups, program bundles, torrents, freeware, shareware, ads. 
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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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