If ads are bothering you and you always seem to get redirected to sites and pages that do nothing but nag you with their sales suggestions and pop-up prompts, then you may have , a browser hijacker, in your web browser. Another example of such site is Robot Captcha Info. Virus

The Virus will display pop up ads and messages

This isn’t a dangerous program like a Ransomware, a Trojan Horse or a Spyware virus. It is a simple (yet really irritating) software component that can be installed on browser programs like Chrome, Firefox, IE and others. In addition to its ability to swarm your screen with obstructive and annoying advertisements and to redirect your searches to web locations you were not trying visit, this app may also introduce unwelcome and unauthorized changes to different elements of the browser that you use – the search engine service that is set as default for your browser as well as the homepage and the new-tab page addresses may get altered by the unwanted app and there may also be some changes to the toolbar settings of the browser. All of that is, of course, made to increase the number of ads that you would get exposed to while online. And the reason the Virus is so hellbent on swarming your screen with all sorts of ads, banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and other commercial materials is because it makes money for its developers through these same ads. Each click you make on a hijacker-related advert and each page the annoying software redirects you generate small amounts of revenue that accumulate over time, especially considering the fact that hijacker apps are very widespread and tend to get installed on thousands of computers each day. If you are in this unpleasant situation right now, we may have the perfect solution for your problem inside the guide that we’ve prepared for the visitors of this page who need help with uninstalling and removing its changes from their browsers.

The Virus is a malicious site that displays fake error messages to trick you into subscribing to its browser notifications. is categorized as a browser hijacker by security experts.

If you have been on the Internet for some time, you probably know that there are many things there that can potentially expose your computer to various risk and hazards. Some of the worst examples are Trojans, Spyware programs, Ransomware and other malware software of similar kinds. In addition, there are many online scams, low-quality software and items being sold online and different clickbait prompts that could be encountered pretty much everywhere. And all of that typically gets distributed through misleading web advertisements, fake requests, sketchy offers and banners and so on. The reason we are telling you this is because, with a hijacker in your browser, the number of ads you would see online would go up significantly and the chances of getting exposed to questionable web requests would also increase. This could potentially lead to all kinds of problems with your computer and virtual security which is why we always tell our readers to not keep apps like within their computers for extended periods of time. The best thing you can do is to uninstall the hijacker the moment you spot it inside your computer in order to ensure that it can no longer spam you with potentially unreliable commercial contents.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.
Distribution Method The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.
Detection Tool

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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 Virus

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). Virus


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. Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Virus
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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. Virus

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

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: Virus

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

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: Virus

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. Virus Virus

  • 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). Virus

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Virus Virus  Remove  from Internet Explorer:

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

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

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

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. VirusRemove  from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Virus

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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