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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.

The most likely reason you’ve ended up on this page is because of recent “infection” with one of the newest representatives of the browser hijacker category – an invasive and potentially unwanted software app called If you have already met with this application, then you are probably familiar with all the typical symptoms which it triggers. Your browser (could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera or any other) typically starts to operate strangely the very moment gets integrated with it. It usually starts filling your screen with hundreds of different ads, pop-ups, banners, and links that page-redirect you to various random websites, sales platforms and sponsored pages. In addition to that, the browser hijacker may introduce changes to the search engine tool that’s set as default in your browser or maybe add a new homepage as a replacement for your previous one. What causes even more irritation and disturbance is the fact that no matter how many times you may try to uninstall the imposed changes or remove the ads that pop-up on your screen, they may simply appear again and again the very next time you start your browser. Such behavior is seen as unacceptable by many and some users who encounter an application like for the first time may even mistake the above-described activity for the result of an infection with some kind of a malicious program (such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse) or a virus. In the event that you have such suspicions, you may find it relieving to learn that is neither a virus nor some other program created with criminal intentions. However, there are some good reasons why it would be desirable to remove the browser hijacker from your system as soon as possible. We will describe them below and will provide you with detailed instructions that will show you how to uninstall the annoying application all by yourself.

How works, and why it is undesirable? is an application from the browser hijacker category and this means it serves the online marketing industry by promoting a variety of different kinds of products and services on the users’ screen. The application is basically acting as a kind of intermediary between its developers and the manufacturers and/or distributors of all the advertised goods and services. The former usually get rewarded on a pay-per-click basis for displaying the advertisement messages of the latter and this is how both parties make profits and achieve their goals. The more the users that click on all the endless banners, pop-up windows, hyperlinks, etc., the greater the profit for the creators of the hijacker. Therefore, they have a motive to aggressively promote everything on your screen and sometimes may employ some rather intrusive methods such as automatic page-redirects, changes in the browser’s settings and modifications in the search results which, in turn, may lead to exposure to security hazards. For instance, if you let redirect you to random sponsored ads and don’t uninstall it on time, you may eventually come across real viruses or fake and misleading links, which could be transmitters of Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty infections.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may display various ads and may redirect you to sponsored web locations.
Distribution Method  Most commonly the browser hijackers get distributed via program bundling, free installers, torrents, ads, and spam.
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Remove “Virus”

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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