Browser Redirect


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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. is a very annoying app, which can take over your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser and force it to display all kinds of sponsored ads, banners, pop-ups and redirect links. The nature of this software, however, is not malicious and the security experts do not consider it to be a virus or a piece of malware. In fact, belongs to a software category, known as browser hijackers, the representatives of which are not as malicious as Ransomware, Trojans, or Spyware, but they can still be rather unwanted. The reason is, the representatives of the browser hijacker category may significantly disturb the users’ normal web browsing experience by unwanted changes on the browser and by displaying hundreds of sponsored commercials and page-redirect ads on the screen.

If you have on your PC, then you most probably have noticed that the search engine or the homepage of your default browser has been replaced without your direct approval and now every time you try to search for something on the web, you get automatically redirected to some third-party pages, platforms and links. You have probably also realized that no matter what you try the changes don’t go away and the ads that constantly disturb you do not stop to pop-up in your browsing program. Unfortunately, this is because the browser hijacker wants to remain in the system for as long as possible and to promote its links, sites and ads as much as possible. In the guide below, however, we will show you how to effectively get rid of and remove its potentially unwanted changes. Just make sure that you carefully read the instructions that follow or use the professional removal tool to safely and quickly uninstall the unwanted program without any fuss.

How can enter your PC? is a silent sneaker that can invade your PC without your direct and informed permission. It mostly gets spread through bundled free third-party program installers, spam emails, free downloads, suspicious websites, shareware and more. However, you can easily prevent it from getting installed on the system because, unlike threats like Ransomware or Trojans, it does not infect you automatically. Typically, the browser hijacker can be found under the advanced or the custom setup menu of a given setup package and you can manually disable it from there if you don’t want it to become part of your system. If you proceed to the automatic setup and do not customize the advanced/custom settings, however, this software will probably get installed by default.

Once inside your machine, may not only make changes to your browser and spam your screen with hundreds of ads and sponsored redirects, but it may also negatively affect your computer’s speed and security. In many cases, the hijacked browser may start to freeze and fail to respond to your commands because is keeping it busy with its generation of sponsored ads.

Here is an overview of the reasons to uninstall such software:

  • It can slow down your computer.
  • It can show lots of unwanted ads on your PC.
  • It can make potentially unwanted changes to your browser.
  • It can redirect your web searches to unknown websites.
  • It can cause system sluggishness, freezing of the screen and unresponsiveness.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some unauthorized changes, such as homepage or search engine replacements, may take place in your main browser.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free downloads, automatic installers, torrents, ads, spam, freeware sites, sharware platfroms.
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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


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. 


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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