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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.

There could hardly be anything more frustrating than dozens of ads, pop-ups, and page-redirects that constantly appear on your screen and interrupt your normal web browsing while, at the same time, the starting page and search engine of your browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) have been replaced without your permission. If this is what has been happening on your PC as of late, then the chances are that you might have unknowingly installed a browser hijacker such as on your system. The Browser hijackers are advertising-oriented pieces of software which try to promote different sponsored commercial messages, paid links, websites, sales platforms, and different software to the users while the latter are browsing the web. They usually generate income for their developers via Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View advertising models and basically earn small amounts of money every time the users click or get redirected to the sponsored domains and ads. This is not an illegal activity but is still a rather intrusive and aggressive online marketing practice, which helps some website owners and service providers gain traffic and exposure for their products and sites. However, the users who have to deal with the ad-generation and automatic page-redirects caused by the hijacker may find it irritating to constantly get prompted to click on ads and visit sites that they didn’t really want to visit. Also, as mentioned above, the hijacker might affect the starting page and the search engine of your browser and make unauthorized and usually unwanted changes to them.

That’s why, naturally, the users seek effective methods to have the hijacker uninstalled and the nagging ads and browser changes removed. If you are wondering how to get rid of and how dangerous this software could be, we suggest you read on the information in the next lines and take a look at the instructions in the removal guide 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

Is a dangerous virus?

Normally, most hijackers are harmless and are not intended to cause damage to the PC. They do not contain malicious code which could cause damage to your system and they aren’t developed with malicious intentions. Unlike known computer threats such as Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty viruses used for different criminal purposes, programs like are nothing more than nagging advertising tools. They are easy to spot with their numerous ads and are relatively easy to remove in case they cause you irritation and browsing disturbance. That’s why such apps cannot really be classified as viruses. The correct term for them is potentially unwanted because they aren’t created to cause damage to the system. In the majority of cases, the most problematic thing about hijackers would be the irritation, browsing interruptions and the exposure to potentially unwanted and unfamiliar web content. However, bear in mind that the intrusive advertising materials, the changes in the appearance and the functionality of the default browser and the automatic page-redirects could lead to a close encounter with security hazards. And since, in most of the cases, you cannot be sure about the origin and the reliability of all the pop-ups, the banners, the sponsored links and the promotional messages that appear on your screen, there is always a certain chance that you may click on virus transmitters or carriers of threats like Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty infections. That’s why, to stay on the safer side, it is a good idea to uninstall software like and to remove their ads and thus browser changes.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying ads and pop-ups may start interrupting your regular browsing activity. 
Distribution Method Mostly found on freeware sites, software bundles, automatic installers, torrents, ad-supported web sites. 
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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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