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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.

It is important to protect your computer against Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Spyware, Worms and other forms of malware threats since those malicious programs can cause all kinds of issues to your computer and to the data which is on it and in many cases you may not be able to revert the negative consequences of the infection. Such dangerous malware programs, however, are not the only software you should try to avoid landing on your computer. The so-called browser hijackers (also called browser redirects) are one such category of software – while they are not as problematic or as dangerous as Ransomware, Trojan Horses or other malware infections, they can heavily disrupt your browsing activities with their frequent redirects to promotional sites and with their constant generation of pesky commercial messages, banners and ads. Additionally, your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser may have its search engine, homepage, new-tab page or toolbar altered by the invasive application. The changes to the browser are also a part of the hijacker’s advertising agenda and they typically get introduced in order to make the ads generation more effective. These modifications in your browser and the adverts that the hijacker is likely to swarm your screen with shouldn’t typically threaten the safety of your machine. Still, they are unwanted, normally very irritating and could still, potentially, sometimes trigger redirects to sites that may not be too safe or reliable. Therefore, we advise you to not keep such software in your computer if you want to be sure that you do not get accidentally exposed to potentially hazardous commercial messages in your browser. The most probable reason why you’ve actually come to this post is a hijacker named – at this moment, you are probably looking for a way to uninstall this particular app from your browser and we can help you with that with the following removal guide manual.

How to make sure you don’t get any more such apps in your computer

Usually, it’s the users themselves who allow applications like inside their computer. The way they do that is by installing new programs and updates on their machines without customizing the setup configuration and by using the default installation options. If there is some added element in the installer (such as, using the default setup configuration would typically install the bonus component. And if that component is a hijacker the likes of, the unwanted application would get added to your browser and would start to swarm it with ads, to alter its settings without your permission and, overall, nag you with its presence. Other methods that may get used to distribute some hijackers are spam message campaigns and misleading requests from certain sites so that should be on the lookout for those as well. And, again, if you are currently struggling with the presence of on your computer, we can help you with this annoyance through the guide that you can find in this article. There is also a specialized tool for removing unwanted software in the guide which is also a great method of taking care of the hijacker irritation.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most users notice the spam of ads and the changes to the browser.
Distribution Method Program bundles are typically used to distribute unwanted apps such as
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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