Browser Redirect Malware

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’ve landed on this page while searching for instructions about how to remove a program called from your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or another web browser, you have come to the right place. On this page, you will find some useful information about the nature of those programs and a detailed guide with uninstallation instructions. is one of the Browser Hijackers which are taking over the users’ browsing apps and filling their monitors with sponsored advertisements. will make unwanted changes to your browser like changing your home page, redirecting your searches and displaying pop up ads and messages.

The site will display fake error messages that ask you to subscribe to notifications from this site. If you click on the “Allow” button, then you will start seeing unwanted pop-up ads from on your desktop even when your browser is closed.

Most people who end up with an application like on their system initially think that they must have been infected with some virus or malware, such as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware. The reason is, their browser suddenly starts to behave strangely and usually introduces some unauthorized changes to the homepage or the main search engine without their approval. In addition to that, the hijacked browser starts to spam the screen with hundreds of ads, pop-ups, and banners, and initiates page-redirects to different sponsored pages. These activities, understandably, can be very annoying. However, we need to say that they do not pose a direct threat to the users and their computers as they are not initiated by a computer virus. The software which stays behind the browser changes and the ads that spam your screen are nothing more than simple online advertising tools, which, in the cyber circles, are known as Browser Hijackers.

The Luckyguys Malware

Luckyguys is a piece of software that can modify the settings of a web browser without the user’s approval. Most people believe that Luckyguys is a virus or malware because it can replace the default search engine or the homepage without a warning and redirect the web searches to pages full of aggressive ads.

To uninstall a Browser Hijacker and remove the sponsored components it has installed on your browser is not as challenging as, for example, dealing with a Ransomware infection. However, you still need to use some guidance or a professional removal tool to safely uninstall the unwanted program, and all the applications, extensions or add-ons, which may be related to it. Only after that would you be able to restore the web browser’s settings to their default parameters and enjoy your browsing as you had before.

If you let operate on your system, you may constantly get exposed to various types of pop-up ads, banners, promotional links and messages that redirect you to various web locations. The sites to which those ads may link may seem to be totally legitimate. Many of them may have a lot of traffic and great deals. You may also come across offers that may prompt you to download some free features, coupon codes, and other attractive offers. However, you should not take everything that programs like and generate on your screen as reliable and you should use your common sense when clicking on those pop-up offers, colorful boxes, and links. After all, you never know where these ads may redirect you to and there are plenty of unsafe web locations where you may land on if you are not careful. That’s why it is best to avoid interacting with content that can’t be verified as safe, especially if it gets generated by some random program that has placed changes in your browser settings, and which has established a way to redirect you to pre-defined sites or to modify your search results.

Precautions to avoid Browser Hijackers in the future:

  • Avoid installing free programs of doubtful origin.
  • When installing programs, pay special attention during the setup process and check all the features, additional components, and optional clauses that may be included in the package.
  • If possible, choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” option during installation to have full control over the programs that are getting installed and uncheck any boxes that ask for permissions to modify the browser settings.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Automatic page-redirects to different sponsored pages, ads and banners all over your screen.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, ads, free downloads, automatic installation managers.
Detection Tool Malware 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


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

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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