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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 Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

How does the Virus work Virus

The Virus will display pop-up windows sucha as this one and will ask for permission to send Push notifications.

Browsers have always been a target for all kinds of cyber criminal schemes, which is why a vulnerable browser means you are more likely to get your computer infected with Trojans, Viruses, Spyware, Ransomware and all other sorts of dangerous programs. Modern browsers tend to have high levels of security, however, there are certain apps throughout the Internet, that function similarly to browser extensions, and which, if installed in your browser, may make it less safe and more prone to malware attacks. One such type of undesirable browser-related applications are the infamous page-redirecting browser hijackers. Those are small software elements that are able to add themselves to your browser without any initial symptoms and make certain changes to it. Today, we will tell you about a hijacker element that has been reported to change the browser’s homepage to and to replace its search engine. Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Edge, and pretty much all other popular browsers are all susceptible to the effects of this annoyance. The browser hijacker responsible for the change of the homepage to is not a virus, a Ransomware infection or some kind of a Trojan, and because of that, your security program or the built-in safety tools of the browser may not be able to recognize the hijacker as unwanted and to prevent it from getting installed. Another thing worth mentioning here is that hijackers such as the or have their sneaky methods of gaining the user’s permission to get installed inside the browser, without the user actually realizing that they have given their permission. A very popular method that allows this to happen is the file-bundling technique. This is actually a very common way of spreading different types of software. You have more than likely noticed that many of the programs that you have installed on your computer have had some additional components put inside their installers. In most cases, those components are unneeded at the worst, but are not invasive. However, if a hijacker is included in the installer of some program and you go for the Quick/Default installation of that program, you will more than certainly get the hijacker as well, and that is when the page-redirects, the changes in the browser and the display of ads would commence.

 The irritation induced by all the activities of the hijacker, however, are nothing in comparison to the hazards to which your system may get exposed to if you keep the invasive app for too long in your browser. We already mentioned that the hijackers are not inherently harmful or malicious but their unwelcome changes in the browser and their sudden page-redirects may easily land you on some shady web page full of malware.

 To help you remove the page from your browser and to bring back your preferred search engine, we have prepared a guide that will help you uninstall, the browser hijacker, and will allow you to restore the normal state of your browser. All the instructions that you may need are available down below.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms are usually a replaced homepage and invasive page-redirects. 
Distribution Method Hijackers can come in the form of file bundles, spam message attachments or misleading clickbait ads.
Detection Tool Virus 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.


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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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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