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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.

Why do you see ads in your browser? Is there a way to remove them and make them stop? If these are the questions that brought you to this page, then we suggest you pay close attention to the next lines because there we will explain to you what kind of a application exactly is, where all of its nagging ad messages come from and how to safely uninstall this software from some of the most popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Explorer. In case you have recently started to experience frequent browsing interruptions and your homepage URL or search engine have been replaced with some unfamiliar ones, then most probably your system has been invaded by, which is one of the numerous representatives of the browser hijacker category. The browser hijackers, in general, are commonly encountered online advertising applications, which typically install some ad-generating and/or page-redirecting components inside the users’ browsers in order to initiate an aggressive online advertising activity on their screen. They usually launch hundreds of ads, pop-ups, sponsored links, banners and offers during the regular browsing sessions and prompt the users to click on them or to visit some predetermined pages of partnering sites. However, apart from the ads invasion, there are other signs of the browser hijackers’ invasion. For example, you may experience problems while browsing or while using browser tools such as the search engine, the toolbar buttons, some of the browser’s add-ons and so on. The hijacked browser may frequently become unresponsive, freeze or stop unexpectedly and in this way prevent you from browsing the web normally. In such cases, it is usually advisable to detect and uninstall the browser hijacker application and to remove all of its changes in order to restore the normal functionality of your browser.

Those of you who are worried about the potential damage that may cause to the system should know that the browser hijacker applications are not identical to viruses and do not typically contain malicious features. Many users may initially mistake them for some nasty threats similar to Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware but in reality, the hijackers aren’t anything more than web-advertising tools. They cannot encrypt your data like a Ransomware cryptovirus, neither can they corrupt your files or spy on your activity like a Trojan. In fact, if you uninstall them correctly, you can effectively remove all of their ads and imposed browser changes without any risk for your system. But how do you remove a nagging piece of software like from your browser if you are not a computer expert? Fortunately, the process of uninstallation is not so complicated and in the removal guide on this page, we have explained all the necessary steps that you are supposed to complete. Still, if you find it difficult to follow any of the instructions or you simply don’t want to tinker with the settings of your system, you can always use the professional removal tool included in the guide and get rid of the browser hijacker in a fast and reliable manner with its help.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program can easily give itself away thanks to the unstoppable ads streaming and it may initiate.
Distribution Method You may come across this program if you install different software bundles, torrents, ads, automatic updates or download links.
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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.

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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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