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 kind of potentially unwanted application from the browser hijacker category, which can easily get installed on popular browsers such as Firefox, Explorer or Chrome via free software bundles, add-ons, browser extensions and some freeware or shareware installers. Once inside your machine, the annoying application may set some changes to your default browser and may replace your search engine tool, homepage domain or elements of your browser with some sponsored ones, and all that, without asking for your approval. What is more, may try to promote certain websites on your screen by constantly showing them on your screen every time you try to browse the web. You may also notice that every site that you visit or every new tab that you open may get flooded with an unusually high number of ads, banners and page-redirect links, typically related to your latest search queries. This is because the browser hijacker normally tries to monitor your online behavior, bookmarks, browsing history and the sites that you visit the most with the purpose of later using the collected data in order to spam you with relevant targeted advertisements.

Methods of dealing with

Despite their rather aggressive advertising behavior, as a matter of fact, most browser hijackers are not malicious viruses and do not pose any serious danger to the users and to their machines. Such pieces of software are much different than threats like Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware and do not have malicious code which can cause system damage, corruption of files or other criminal activities. That’s why you don’t need to be a computer expert to be able to successfully deal with an application like Uninstalling the unwanted app can be easily achieved with the help of the instructions of a dedicated removal guide just like the one below.


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

However, since the browser hijacker may often install some additional tools (homepage domains, toolbars, browser buttons or search engines) and similar potentially unwanted components onto your PC, its complete uninstallation may be a bit tricky. There is always a chance that you might overlook some of its related files in your machine and in this way, the pesky may automatically reinstall itself again, even after you remove it once. That’s why, the security professionals in our team recommend that you run a full system scan with a reliable malware removal tool (if you don’t have such a tool, you can use the one from this page). This will ensure that all unwanted hijacker-related files have been carefully removed along with the annoying browser changes.

What is the most likely way for to invade your system?

If you cannot remember when and how have you decided to download and install on your computer, then you should think about the method known as ‘bundling’. Typically, this and similar potentially unwanted browser components or extensions are hidden inside the installers of some cost-free apps. That’s why we highly recommend that our readers always select the ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ installation settings when setting up some new software on their PC that they carefully check for any unnecessary added software elements added to the installer. This can not only save them from annoying browser hijackers but even from hidden viruses and infections like Trojans or Ransomware.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Automatic page-redirects, potentially unwanted browser changes, aggressive generation of ads. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, cost-free installation packages, free download links, ad-supported sites, spam.
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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!

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