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This page aims to help you remove Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you can hardly navigate through the web pages in your browser and your browsing gets constantly interrupted by dozens of advertisements, banners, pop-ups, and automatic page-redirects, then there is a great possibility that you are dealing with a Browser Hijacker. And more specifically, a new Browser Hijacker representative, called  These kinds of programs are notorious for the intrusive and unwanted advertisements they can display on your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser, as well as the modifications they tend to apply to the homepage or the search engine settings.

The moment gets installed on your system, a brand new browser homepage or a new toolbar may substitute your present one and you may start to get automatic page-redirects to some different tabs, full of deals and pay-per-click advertisements. Fortunately, on this page, we will show you exactly how to remove them, and safely uninstall their source.

To do so, you will need to closely follow the steps in the removal manual below, as they will help you to identify, and manually remove all associated data, and its traces. When you’re done, you won’t see all these banners and posts popping up anymore, and you’d be able to restore the original browser settings. But before scrolling down to the removal manual, it’s essential to get acquainted with the specifics of this kind of programs.

Could be called a virus or a malware?

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Safe browsing status for is unsafe

When random ads start popping-up all over your screen, and automatic page-redirects prevent you from visiting the pages you want, you may naturally think that this is the doing of some strange malware, that has probably invaded your machine, and has initiated those activities without your knowledge or approval. This, however, is not the case when you are facing a program like There is a big distinction between Browser Hijackers and real internet threats such as viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, or Spyware. A Browser Hijacker, generally, can’t initiate any direct damaging activity on your machine. At its worst, such software can only spam you with sponsored ads, pay-per-click banners, and pop-ups. Security experts even see it as one of the relatively harmless applications that you could land, because it can’t destroy your files or damage your system. A real Ransomware, for example, can not only secretly compromise the computer, but can also take all of your data “hostage”, and ask you to pay a ransom for its release.

However, we won’t be truly accurate if we don’t point out the potential risks of keeping a Browser Hijacker on the computer for long. For Instance, there is still a small chance you may bump into threats because the online crooks are constantly using new techniques to infect unsuspecting web users. One of their most common methods is known as malvertising, and we should warn you about it. This infection method is based on the distribution of malicious ads, and attractive offers in the form of random pop-ups, along with other legitimate advertisements.

If you happen to click on such a compromised ad, and that may happen if you let a programs like, or The Goodcaster spam your screen with various random advertisements, you may land on some malware-infested page or get redirected to illegal web locations where you could get infected. Therefore, to eliminate that risk, it is best to uninstall from your computer with the help of the instructions below.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive ads, annoying pop-ups and sudden page-redirects can constantly spam your screen with various sponsored messages.
Distribution Method Software bundling is a common method of distribution for most browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool Virus 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

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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. 

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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. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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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.

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  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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Open IE, click  Remove Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

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Open Firefoxclick  Remove Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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