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Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

Although highly dangerous and harmful cyber hazards such as Ransomware and Trojans are what security experts mostly warn the users about, there is actually another, far less dangerous, yet just as (if not more) widespread form of unwanted software that, though not technically malicious, is still seen as unwanted due to its abilities and typical behavior on the system. What we are referring to are the so-called browser hijackers – those are apps/software components that can normally only operate from a browser program such a Chrome or Firefox or another on. Their main function (despite what their description might claim) is to generate revenue through web ads and page redirects that the users get subjected to once there is a hijacker on their computer. To further make their advertising activities more effective, a lot of hijackers tend to tinker with or outright replace the search engine, the homepage and the new-tab page of the targeted browser. By making the starting page or the new tab page addresses of the browser a certain site that the hijacker is trying to sponsor, the pesky app is already able to significantly boost the number of visits that the said site would get. And, by imposing a new search engine, the hijacker can then display search results to the users that are modified in such a way so that certain sites and pages would get promoted by being offered as the most relevant results. Aside from that, as we mentioned, if there is a hijacker on your machine, different pop-up ads, banners and frequent redirects are likely to spam your screen whenever you open your browser. Here, however, we are going to show you how you can easily deal with such annoyance by giving you a guide on how to remove one of the most widespread browser hijackers currently getting distributed on the Internet – an app named Removal

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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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

What users need to know about and about other apps like it is a typical representative of the hijacker class which means that it will probably not initiate any harmful processes in your PC as it doesn’t contain malicious code that threats such as Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware have in them. However, it’s still not software that we’d recommend you keep on your computer and there are a number of reasons for that:

The first, and most obvious one, is the fact that it is annoying and oftentimes frustrating to have around. However, aside from that, another important reason to uninstall is that it might actually show you inappropriate or maybe even potentially hazardous ads that may not be what they initially seem. Hijackers are also known for monitoring the users’ browsing activities in order to gain valuable telemetry marketing data and while this is mostly legal, it’s still probably not something you’d want. So, our advice for you is to use the provided guide or the specialized removal tool in it to remove and also to be cautious in the future with regards to what sites you tend to visit, what web content you interact with and what sources you use to download new programs and apps.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The changes to the browser and the nagging adverts and page-redirects is what usually gives away the presence of a hijacker app.
Distribution Method Mostly via software bundles and different spam messages and web ads.
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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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