How to Remove (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and MacOS.

What can you do if your Chrome, IE, Safari, Firefox or any other browsing program you might have on your computer has started to spam your screen with intrusive ads, nagging page-redirects, irritating banners, and unpleasant pop-ups and if the default toolbar, search engine and new-tab page and homepage have gotten replaced without your permission? Well, in the next lines, this is exactly what you are going to learn so read on if you are presently struggling with a similar issue as in this write-up, you will find out both how to deal with it and how to prevent it from occurring in the future. However, before we get to that, we need to give you an overall idea about what the most likely reason for this unpleasant browsing behavior is.

About and the hijacker class

The main focus in the next lines will be a software app named but you got to know that this is only one example of many pieces of software that work in a fairly similar way. The term used to describe those apps is browser hijackers. A browser hijacker is a basically a software tool used for advertising that has a number of specialized functions which make it extremely effective when it comes to spreading different types of ads and promoting different kinds of products. Although many might see hijacker apps as some kind of scary virus programs similar to threats such as Worms, Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans, the truth is that, in their core, most hijacker apps including are pretty harmless to the system they’ve “infected” or rather to the system they’ve been installed on. Yes, the truth is most users actually themselves install hijackers like, albeit without initially realizing it.

Anyway, despite not being as dangerous as Ransomware and Trojans, a hijacker is still probably an app you wouldn’t want to have on your computer. This is why we have posted a removal guide manual on the current page that is available right below for all those of you who’d like to get rid of the intrusive software component and uninstall it from their computer.

How to Remove

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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How to Remove (March 2019 Update)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  How to Remove (March 2019 Update) —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to How to Remove (March 2019 Update) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

How to Remove (March 2019 Update) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  How to Remove (March 2019 Update)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
How to Remove (March 2019 Update)Remove from Chrome:

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

Security issues you must be aware of

Aside from the frequent display of ads and page-redirects, there are actually two other important reasons why apps like are typically regarded as unwanted and undesirable. The first of those reasons is the oftentimes unreliable nature of their advertising materials. Sure, sometimes you might get show real and legitimate offers that might link you to stuff you might be interested in buying but it is also perfectly possible that a hijacker-generated ad might land you on site with shady contents and even ones that might be unsafe and even illegal. Of course, this is something that you wouldn’t like to happen to you which is why we advise you to remain vigilant and keep away from any of the flashy banners, blinking boxes, nagging pop-ups and irritating page redirects that a hijacker app is likely to put on your screen while it is active in your computer.

The other issue that many users have with most hijacker apps is that they might scan the user’s browsing history and keep tabs on their online activities. In the majority of cases, no sensitive or personal data would get collected and the main reason for such a browsing activity monitoring is for the purposes of targeted online advertising. Nevertheless, most users would prefer if no obscure or questionable apps went through their recent searches and overall browsing history since, after all, though not technically illegal in most of the instances, this is nothing less than a privacy violation and an invasion into the user’s personal space.

Things you need to keep in mind in order to keep your PC clean

A clean computer more often than not means a safe one and this is exactly why you need to keep unwanted apps like away from yours so as to ensure its safety and security. First of all, you must remember to never visit shady sites or use unreliable and illegal software download platforms. Also, it should go without saying that opening spam e-mails or other spam messages and clicking on their attachments is a big no-go that can easily land you not only hijackers but much more problematic types of software. Lastly, remember to only install new programs after you have carefully gone through the setup manager and determined if there isn’t anything added/bundled with the installer that you might not want on your PC after the installation. If there’s anything that you deem potentially unwanted, either opt out of its installation if possible or simply do not install the whole thing of you aren’t given the option to leave out the unwanted component.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most hijackers don’t try to hide their presence, you will easily notice them when the unpleasant browser changes and ads generation start to occur.
Distribution Method Spam, malvertising, torrents, sketchy streaming sites, software bundles and so on.
Detection Tool

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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!


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.

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