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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.

If you are having issues with ads and page-redirects that appear in your browser and make it difficult for you to use the browsing program in an effective and disturbance-free way, you may be interested in reading the next paragraphs as it is likely that they contain the information you may need in order to take care of the unpleasant predicament you are currently struggling with.

First and foremost, we need to tell you about and the hijacker apps in general, as this is the most probable culprit behind the invasive ads you’ve been recently seeing. A browser hijacker is an app that functions as an added component to popular browsing programs – Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari and others. What you will likely notice as soon as the hijacker gets installed are changes in the homepage of the browser as well as a replaced search engine tool. In some cases, the changes may appear to be useful but the majority of users who face the modifications that apps like tend to make to the browser are not satisfied by what the hijacker has made. In addition, there are always the advertisements that won’t allow you to surf the Internet without having your screen flooded by dozens of blinking boxes, invasive banners and obscure pop-ups. In most cases, these annoyances are more than enough for the regular user to wish to uninstall or any other similar browser hijacker application. This is also however most people are likely to face certain difficulties. Uninstalling such a software piece could be significantly trickier compared to removing a regular program that is not invasive. Still, since this is no Ransomware, Trojan Horse or some other nasty malware virus, it’s not that difficult to get rid of a hijacker and below we will show how it could be done.

Tips for keeping your computer safe and your system clean

One important thing about the hijacker apps like that pretty much all software experts agree on is the fact that these apps, though not regarded as real malware, could still put your machine at risk. This is especially true if the computer user is not careful and is prone to randomly clicking on the various forms of ads that the unwanted hijacker is spamming on the computer screen. As it is widely-known, many of the advertisements one may see online are not very reliable and some may even lead to unsafe locations. Due to this, there’s always a certain risk of landing on some obscure site or phishing page and maybe even getting your system and files attacked by Ransomware, Rootkits, Spyware, Trojan Horses and many more. Luckily, there’s an easy way to prevent any of this from happening and this way is making sure that no browser hijacker is allowed to display adverts on your screen and page-redirect you to sites you don’t want to go to. As we already pointed out, the guide on this page is the perfect solution for such problems.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The first ting you are going to notice will be the ads and the changes in your browser. 
Distribution Method The usual method used to distribute hijackers is the use of file bundles.
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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