[ratings] is app that function as added elements to Chrome, Edge, Firefox and other similar browsers. normally capable of changing the homepage address of the browser, adding a new default search engine service and also redirecting the search queries of the users to pages that the users didn’t really try or want to visit. Virus

The virus redirect your searches

If you have an annoying issue with your browser where there seem to be many invasive ads on every page that you visit, then it would be a good idea to read this page’s article as here we will give you some insight into what the real cause behind this intrusiveness likely is. If the ads you are getting exposed to while on the Internet seem to be showing on every site, even on ones that don’t normally have a lot of adverts, then the likely cause behind this unpleasant situation is probably a browser hijacker. Of course, this could all make it quite difficult and frustrating to actually find on the Internet the thing you are actually looking for. This is the reason why most apps of the hijacker type are seen as unwanted and potentially problematic. In reality, however, most representatives of this software group are not harmful to the computers they get installed on. You may think that you have landed some Ransomware, Trojan or Spyware infection if your browser gets hijacked but the truth is that this is usually not the case and you have simply gotten targeted by a browser hijacker’s advertising campaign. One such app is the newly reported which is yet another example of a browser hijacker. If you have it inside of your system and on your browser, you could use the next guidelines to uninstall the app and remove the changes it has placed on your browser.

How this is all related to your system’s safety

You surely don’t want to get some nasty virus or a malicious program such as a Ransomware or a Trojan on your computer which is why you must be really careful when there’s a hijacker inside your system. The hijacker apps like aren’t really malicious or intended to cause harm. However, the problem may come from the ads and the page-page redirects that they are so determined to spam you with. It is no secret that many online offers, ads, banners and pop-ups may not really be what they may initially seem. Oftentimes, an ad may be misleading or fake and may trick the user into purchasing and installing low quality programs on their computer that they don’t really need. In some of the more severe cases, you may even land on malware-infested sites and this could seriously jeopardize the safety of your computer. This, of course, is why you are advised to rid your computer and browser of the hijacker’s presence since there really isn’t need to keep such an app operating in your system.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Invasive ads, page-redirects and changes to your main browser are all symptoms you can expect with a hijacker in your system.
Distribution Method Misleading online messages, update requests and file bundles.
Detection Tool 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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

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

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: Virus

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

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

Open Firefoxclick Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Virus

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.


  • Hi, the lktoday has been annoying me for over 6 months from now.
    2 months ago I saw your post on guiding people to remove the program using safe mode and also spyhunter software. I have scanned with spyhunter and no issues were found. Then I tried looking into browser settings/extensions to find suspicious programs and deleted them, even reinstalling browsers. I also boot the computer into safe mode and followed all the steps and unfortunately, until today the lktoday still pops up on chrome, but nothing loaded, just the pop-up.

    I am not sure what to do and would hope to seek for some help. What advise would you give regarding my situation? Thank you so much for your help!

    • If you are using the paid version of SpyHunter, you are entitled to help from their support team and you can ask them to aid you with the removal of this unwanted software.

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