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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.

Browser Hijacker is a term used to describe a special type of software which can take over any browser and start spamming it with aggressive advertising materials like banners, ads, pop-ups, page redirects to sponsored pages and promotional links of various kinds. In most of the cases, in addition to the ads, the hijacker may also modify the browser’s homepage or the search engine and to install some new toolbars, buttons and page-redirect services to some predefined sponsored websites. Using a highly secure browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari is not a guarantee that you won’t get tons of ads and unwanted components if you happen to accidentally install a browser hijacker on your computer, because hijacker software is normally quite effective in overcoming the anti-hijacker features and introducing its ad-generating settings to any browser. Still, the hijacker-based applications are not really viruses and they cannot cause any significant damage to the system – they are not like Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware in terms of their potential to cause problems.

It is important to mention that the browser hijackers are generally legitimate advertising tools, which are commonly used by different online-based businesses, software developers and marketers to promote their products, services and websites on the users’ screen. A lot of these programs may contain some free features which people may like. However, in most of the cases, the aggressive ad-generation, browser changes and sponsored page-redirects tend to cause irritation and disturbance to the normal web surfing. In the removal guide below, you will find details about the effective uninstallation of one recently reported hijacker app called There have been quite a lot of complaints from a number of users regarding this new representative of the hijacker family and, in case that you also find its activity a bit too intrusive, feel free to use the steps shown there to safely remove it.

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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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.

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  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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Open IE, click  Remove Ads —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove Ads —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

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Open Firefoxclick  Remove Ads  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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

Not a real danger but still potentially unwanted

A hijacker such as is unlikely to initiate anything that can be regarded as malicious. Its characteristics are quite different than the characteristics of a real malware threat (such as a Trojan Horse, a Worm or a Ransomware cryptovirus infection). That’s why it is generally not fatal if you have it on your computer. However, this does not mean that you should trust everything that the hijacker may display on your screen. Such software may show you different links, pop-up messages and offers but you should be careful with the content that you interact with because one accidental click may expose you to real computer dangers. Not to mention that you may get misled into purchasing products or services with questionable quality and origins or into filling in your personal data on some hazardous pages. That’s why, it is not a good idea to keep a browser hijacker on the system and to let it redirect you to its sponsored links and have control over your browser. Instead, use the instructions in the removal guide above and uninstall in order to remove its ads and changes once and for all.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive ads, automatic page-redirects and constantly popping message may easily give away this program.
Distribution Method Mostly distributed via program bundling, torrents, spam, ads, free downloads.
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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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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.

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