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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.

You won’t really be able to use your browser normally if a browser hijacker is attached to it. A browser hijacker is s form of software application that is normally not harmful but could be quite irritating and can also cause certain issues with the user’s browser. In most cases, apps of this kind can get added to different browsers and not only to one. The hijackers are usually compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari as these are the most popular and frequently used browsing programs.

Once the hijacker inserts itself inside the browser, it is likely to bring along a new search engine tool and set a new starting page and new-tab page to the user’s browser. This is all done in order to turn the browser into an advertising platform for banners, page-redirects, pop-ups, pop-unders, new-tabs and other intrusive commercial messages. Of course, the idea is that the ads and the redirects would make money for the creators of the hijacker on the basis of Pay Per Click and Pay Per View remuneration models.

In itself, this form of activity isn’t really something harmful and it will not mes with your system, files, online profiles or with anything else since the hijackers aren’t related to Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty and malicious software hazards. Despite that, it can still be risky to keep a hijacker in the computer you are using. Besides, the annoyance coming from such an app can be quite intolerable and this is actually the reason why most users who get a hijacker inside their browsers are eager to uninstall the invasive application and all of its customized components that it has enforced upon the browser’s setting. is an app that can be categorized as a hijacker and it is the main reason for the writing of this post. This software piece is a relatively new one, yet there are already many users who seem to have had it installed in their machines. If you are among these users, you may not really remember installing this app yourself. This is because the representatives of the browser hijacker category are usually “hidden” inside installer files for other programs. By hidden, we mean that such hijackers are likely to get added to software installation packages as bonus elements that may not be properly disclosed. In many instances, the only way to see that an app like is included in a given installer is by accessing the Custom setup settings. Most users, however, rarely (if ever) do this which is why it’s so easy to get installed without even realizing it. However, if you actually do access the Custom/Advanced setup menu, you will be able to leave out any potentially unwanted components and only install the program that you want.

As far as the removal of is concerned, you can find instructions on how to remove it below. Make sure to follow them as it’s best to keep ad-generating software away from your computer so that you do not accidentally get exposed to Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware cryptoviruses or other nefarious malware programs.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The swarm of ads and the changed search engine of the browser are sure to make the presence of the hijacker in your system known to you.
Distribution Method The most typical way an app of this type could get distributed is through being bundled with another software piece.
Detection Tool


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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