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Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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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.

Most software that falls under the browser hijacker category is not malicious and will not try to harm your computer. However, browser hijacker apps are still among some of the most commonly encountered forms of software and below we will tell you something more about why this is so and how you can deal with a browser hijacker that might have gotten inside your system. Since the browser hijackers are a relevant issue, we advise you to read the next article even if you don’t have such software on your machine. And if you do have a hijacker, then the next lines will surely help you deal with it.

A browser hijacker is an app similar to a browser add on that is could affect your browser (IE, Edge, Chrome, Firefox) by replacing the starting page address, the search engine tool and by causing page redirects and unpleasant generation of online ads on your screen during your browsing time. Normally, the activities conducted by a browser hijacker app are regarded as highly intrusive since the changes to the browser combined with the constant spam with ads and obstructive page redirects is likely to make it difficult for you to use your browser and reach the sites and pages that you actually want to visit. Although hijackers are mostly non-harmful and will not try to mess with your system, its still preferable if you get rid of them as soon as possible so that the irritation stops and your browser could get brought back to its earlier state. Below, we will give you an example on how you can remove a hijacker by showing you the manual steps you’d need to take in order to uninstall is a new browser component that can be categorized as a hijacker due to its intrusive capabilities and a lot of users have already had it installed on their machines.


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).



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

More information you need to know about browser hijackers

Though nowhere near as harmful or as malicious as a Trojan Horse virus or a Ransomware program, a browser hijacker like is not something that you should underestimate. Even if the app itself is not intended to harm your system, its ads and redirects may at times prove to be less than safe and reliable. It’s oftentimes difficult, if not nearly impossible, to tell if a certain hijacker-generated ad or banner is not going to lead you to some shady and hazardous site. In the worst case scenario, you might even end up getting some insidious Ransomware cryptovirus or some other similar infection on your PC simply by clicking on the wrong web commercial. That is why you need to make sure is not allowed to stay on your computer for any extended period of time and also make sure that it doesn’t come back in the future. To keep hijacker away from your system from now on, make sure that you only download stuff from reliable developers and sources and that you only go to sites and interact with web content that is trusted and can be verified as safe.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The ads coming from a hijacker and the changes it would likely try to make to your browser is what typically gives away such apps.
Distribution Method You can land a hijacker by installing some obscure software bundle, by opening a spam e-mail’s attachment, by visiting sketchy sites and clicking on their ads as well as in many other ways.
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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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